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Dance Minor

Minor Overview

21 credits

Why dance?
The Dance minor complements the current Theatre major and provides opportunities for students in other majors. The Dance minor offers courses in dance techniques, dance history, dance composition, nutrition, dance pedagogy, and anatomy and kinesiology.

Irish Dance track
Saint Mary’s Irish Dance track is the only university-associated program in the country which prepares experienced Irish dancers for the certification needed to teach Irish dance. The track provides the information and experience necessary for dancers to prepare to take the T.C.R.G. (teacher certification) exam for Irish Dance. The exam consists of both written and performance sections based on 30 ceili dances; nine set dances; and steps at various levels of difficulty of the jig, reel, hornpipe, slip jig, single jig, and treble jig. In addition, candidates must be able to recognize over 30 set dance tunes, naming them, citing the time signature, and giving the number of bars of music in the step and in the set of each piece. Candidates must also demonstrate their ability to teach a group of dancers anything which the examining board asks them to teach, from basic solo steps to intricate set dances, from figure dances to any of the ceili dances found in Ar Rinci Foirne: Thirty Popular Ceili Dances.

Students who do not choose to pursue the T.C.R.G. receive a comprehensive, broad-based perspective of Irish dance. All the pieces they learned in their past dance training come together with new information to form a complete Irish dance experience.

The Irish dance component may be chosen as the electives in a dance minor or as courses taken separately from the minor.

The Dance minor goes great with:

  • Biology Pre-Physical Therapy
  • Music
  • Music Performance
  • Theatre Arts
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Course descriptions
For more information contact:

Judy Myers, M.F.A.
Chair, Theatre & Dance Department
Saint Mary's University of Minnesota
700 Terrace Heights #1458
Winona, MN 55987-1399
(800) 635-5987, Ext. 6686