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Dance Minor


The Department of Dance at The College at Brockport comprises artists, scholars, and educators who train dancers on the graduate and undergraduate level for a wide variety of careers in the arts as choreographers, performers, teachers, scholars, and leaders in the dance field. The students in the department’s highly selective degree programs excel not only in the studio and on stage, but also as critical thinkers, writers and teachers.

The department has some of the best dance facilities in the country, including its own fully equipped proscenium dance theater, a large-space studio theater, five studios, a body-conditioning lab, health pool, costume and scene shops, and computerized music and design studios. Faculty and professional staff are nationally and internationally recognized in their areas of expertise and are leaders in professional organizations such as CORD, NASD and NDEO.

Undergraduates with a strong foundation of dance training are invited to participate in the program by auditioning to enroll as dance majors or minors in the BA or BS programs, and are eligible to apply to the BFA program in the second semester. Additionally, the department offers three graduate degrees and serves a large number of students through courses that fulfill General Education requirements.

Admission to the Program

All students wishing to minor in dance must pass a department audition. Three auditions are scheduled each year.

The department also offers many nonmajor dance courses which are open to students in all degree programs - no audition is required for this option.

Note to transfer students: Transfer credits in dance are usually accepted as dance electives. A maximum of 9 credits may be transferred into the dance minor.

Program Requirements

The minor in dance requires 18 credits (out of 120) in dance and offers introductory study in dance technique, choreography, history and education. Up to 36 additional elective dance credits may be taken to meet graduation requirements.  Students who take these additional elective credits may be interested in the dance major.

Dance minors are interested in combining a minor in dance with a major in any number of other areas selected from among the College’s majors. Dance minor requirements can be completed during two academic years.

Grades of "C" or higher are required in all 18 required dance credits.

The minor consists of 18 credits of dance coursework.

Required Courses

  • DNS205 Modern Dance Technique I
  • DNS245 Modern Dance Technique II

The remaining credits for the minor are selected with departmental advisement.

Total Number of Credits: 18

Department of Dance

Department Chair: Maura Keefe
Location: Hartwell 141
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Phone: (585) 395-2153
Fax: (585) 395-5134

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Faculty & Staff

Heather Acomb MFA
(SUNY College At Brockport)
Adjunct Lecturer

Benoit Beauchamp MFA
(California Institute Of The Arts)
Director of Dance Production

Morgan Bernat BFA
(SUNY College At Brockport)
Teaching Assistant

Allison Bohman MA
(SUNY College At Brockport)
Adjunct Lecturer

Pamela Callan
Secretary 1

Sara Caplan BS
(Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus)
Teaching Assistant

Tamara Carrasco MFA
(Ohio State University-Main Campus)
Assistant Professor

Alexander Chimienti MM
(SUNY At Buffalo)
Instructional Support Assistant

Colleen T Culley MFA
(SUNY College At Brockport)
Adjunct Lecturer

Marianne E Dalton

Orlando Diaz BM
(University Of Rochester)
Instructional Support Assistant

Maurice A Fraga MFA
(University Of Illinois At Urbana-Champaign)
Teaching Assistant

James P Hansen MFA
(University Of Illinois At Urbana-Champaign)
Associate Professor

Cheryl Johnson BA
(SUNY At Buffalo)

Maura Keefe Ph.D
(University Of California-Riverside)
Associate Professor and Interim Chair

Gregory H Ketchum BS
(SUNY College At Brockport)
Dance Mgr/ Audio/ Video Engineer

Caitlin Mahon BA
(SUNY College At Brockport)
Teaching Assistant

Mariah Maloney MFA
(Hollins University)
Associate Professor

Edward J Murphy MS
(University Of Arizona)

John L O'Connor AAS
(Genesee Community College)
Maintenance Assistant

Stephanie Oakes MFA
(New York University)
Assistant Professor

Oluyinka Parsons-Akinjiola MFA
(SUNY College At Brockport)
Visiting Assistant Professor

Khalid Saleem
African Music Specialist

Emma L Scholl MFA
(Florida State University)

Juanita Suarez Ph.D
(Texas Woman's University)
Associate Professor and Program Director Iac

Vanessa M Van Wormer MFA
(SUNY College At Brockport)
Visiting Assistant Professor

Tamara L Wilcox MM
(Eastern Michigan University)
Assistant Professor + Dir of Music

Mariko Yamada MFA
(SUNY College At Brockport)