Dance Science

  • Dance student
  • Dance student
  • Dance student

The Dance Science program is a 120-hour degree focusing on dance research, anatomy, nutrition, injury prevention and psychological aspects of the dancer and proper biomechanical principles within dance technique. Additional coursework includes Dance Production, Dance Composition, Pilates, Dance History, Partnering, Improvisation and Dance Pedagogy.

Dance professionals, researchers, and kinesiologists offer students a cohesive view of dance health and wellness.  Dance Scientists are professionals who are employed by dance companies and dance training facilities throughout the world to devise effective training programs as well as advise dancers regarding nutrition and injury prevention/care. Dance Scientists also become researchers, dance therapists and better-informed dancers and teachers. Students in the Dance program are eligible to receive dance scholarships.

Dance students are part of the Texas A&M Dance Program, and have the opportunity to participate in events throughout the year.

Admissions

To be admitted to an HLKN undergraduate program, you must apply follow all Undergraduate Admissions requirements. In addition, applicants to the Dance Program must participate in an audition process. Submit your application to the University as soon as possible. Both acceptance by the University AND acceptance by the Dance Program through the audition process are required.

For full audition schedule and requirements, visit the Dance Audition page.

Note: Applicants are reviewed by a committee and admitted on a competitive basis. Meeting the minimum requirements listed does not guarantee admission.

Performance

Performance opportunities include: an annual dance concert (Perpetual Motion), Faculty Arts Showcase, Choreographers' Showcase, Senior Concerts, informal performances, student organization concerts, performances throughout the community and on campus and state, regional, and national/international gala performances.  Dance faculty often receive grants for other performances throughout the University in collaboration with faculty from other colleges.  Students are also given the opportunity to attend various festivals and conferences.

The Dance Program also offers students the capability to work with guest artists in master classes, watching performances and learning repertory.  This not only gives students a unique opportunity to build their resumes but to work with a variety of professionals in the field. 

Dance Wellness

Students receive education in dance wellness and science through several aspects of the program at Texas A&M University.  Students enrolled in the B.S. in Kinesiology: Dance Science track receive training through several Ballet and Modern Movement labs, Pilates mat and apparatus training, and classes in Health Practices for Dancers, Dance Wellness and a Writing Seminar that takes a look at dance science research.  Students also take classes in Anatomy and Physiology, Nutrition, Psychology, Motor Learning and Exercise Physiology. Students also participate in dance science research and conduct research of their own through a capstone project.

Students who enter the dance science program undergo an extensive screening process known as the Dancer Wellness Project.  Through this screening dance science students and faculty work closely with the graduate students and faculty in the Athletic Training Program to assess the dancer's strengths and weaknesses.  This testing enables students to learn about the areas of the body they need to work on as well as give information to the faculty about the overall structure of the student’s body.  This gives us information for students and faculty to work within a students structure in a safe way to gain a strong technique in dance. 

The information from these assessments is put into a database where students have access to their profiles.  This database will allow students to know where their strengths and weaknesses are and give them specific exercises (with video instructions) to help improve their overall technique.  Students are assisted through this program with dance faculty and are re-evaluated every year.