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Combining dance art with scientific principles

The mission of the dance science education program is to prepare students with extensive knowledge in the subdisciplines of dance science and students to reach their highest technical and creative potential in various dance forms. The focus is on the practical application of scientific principles to improve dance performance and movement, improve dance training, reduce injuries and contribute to the overall well-being of dancers. The Dance Science Program uniquely combines elements of the Exercise Science curriculum with the Dance Performance and Choreography curriculum and promotes study abroad opportunities and student research projects.

Interdisciplinary curriculum

The science of dance is an emerging field that combines the study of dance with the application of scientific principles to dance. The degree consists of classes that already exist in the Department of Exercise Science and the Department of Performing Arts Dance Program. It uniquely draws eight credit hours from biology, 20 from exercise science courses and 20 from dance, and allows the student to choose eight credit hours from electives from ESS, DAN or other approved courses. This gives the student the flexibility to create a sub-major of their choice. The requirements for the degree in dance science can be met in three years, which allows first-year students arriving at Elon without a clear major to have the opportunity to discover the field, interview the program coordinator in their first year and then begin the course of study in the second year.

Expert, accessible teacher

At Elon, students learn from specialized lecturers who have many years of experience in their fields and academia. Small classes offer students unique access to teachers and individual instruction. All faculty maintain professional contacts in their fields so that they are able to help students identify appropriate higher and vocational schools, internships and career opportunities.

Excellent facilities and equipment

Dance specialists work at the Arts Center, which has three state-of-the-art dance studios full of somatic equipment, and the Elon’s Koury Athletic Center, which has a full range of health, training, exercise and sports equipment. The Laboratory for Health and Human Performance has tools for access to body composition, aerobic fitness, muscle strength, endurance and athletic performance. The laboratory also includes new equipment for electroencephalography (EEG) and electromyography (EMG).

I have always excelled in science, but when it came to choosing a major, my passion for dance was undeniably stronger. With Elon’s new degree in dance science, I can get married in both areas without having to give up or spend less time on my innate passion for movement. Dancing classes helped me become a better dancer, allowing me to understand the physics, anatomy and psychology of dance. I was even lucky enough to do my own research comparing the activation of eight different muscles at and away from the lever. No other bachelor’s dance program could prepare me for such a rare opportunity.

Colette Dong, BFA Dance Performance & Choreography and BS Dance Science ’14

Learning outside the classroom

One of the hallmarks of Elon’s education is practical training and dance science is no exception. Putting the skills, approaches and theories of the discipline for testing in real situations is essential for a full understanding of the subject. This can be achieved through internships and research experience with a bachelor’s degree.

Dance science majors are strongly encouraged to complete an internship and participate in bachelor’s degree research projects. Both give students invaluable opportunities to hone their skills, observe how the industry works, gain experience working with people, build confidence and establish valuable contacts in the industry.

Career opportunities

The Dance Science program is designed to provide a learning path for students interested in studying the science of dance to continue their careers as dance teachers, fitness and fitness trainers, kinesiotherapists and researchers in various fields, including biomechanics, physiology, somatics. , and psychology. This degree prepares students for postgraduate study in a variety of disciplines, including physical or occupational therapy, dance education, dance science, exercise science, and medicine.

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