Choreography for Stage and Screen Minor

The Choreography for Stage and Screen Minor explores the different techniques used to create dances for the stage and screen, including new media. By researching classic and contemporary film and stage musicals, as well as existing choreographic works, students learn methods used to generate movement vocabulary and gain practical experience in choreographing for multiple mediums. The minor is 18 units.

This minor is open to all undergraduate students in good academic standing. No previous dance experience or audition is required. Complete information about courses of instruction is available through the USC Course Catalogue.


Required Lower Division Courses (7 units)

  • DANC 150 Dance and New Media – 1 to 4 units
  • DANC 170 Choreography and Performance – 2 units
  • DANC 280g Introduction to Dance as an Art Form (GE-A) – 4 units

Required Upper Division Course (4 units)

  • DANC 363g Dancing on the Screen (GE-A)– 4 units

Elective Courses (7 units)

  • ARTL 310 Music and Dance In Paris Salon Culture – 2 units
  • DANC 103 Conditioning for Dancers – 2 units
  • DANC 105 Dance Science: Analysis of Dance Movement – 4 units
  • DANC 107 World Perspective on Dance Performance – 2 units
  • DANC 171 Commercial Dance: Professional Dance Preparation – 1 to 2 units
  • DANC 175 Choreography for the Screen – 2 units
  • DANC 180-189c – up to 2 units*
  • DANC 190 Gaga: People – 1 to 2 units
  • DANC 191 Gaga: Dancers – 2 units
  • DANC 212g Dance in Popular Culture – 4 units
  • DANC 285 Elements of Dance Production – 4 units
  • DANC 302g Hip-Hop Don’t Stop: Exploring Black Vernacular Dance (GE-A) – 4 units
  • DANC 312gw African American Dance (GE-A & GE-G) – 4 units
  • DANC 333gw Origins of Jazz Dance (GE-A & GE-G) – 4 units
  • DANC 342gp International and Historical Perspectives on Dance (GE-B & GE-H) – 4 units
  • DANC 355 Performance Lab (select courses) – 1 to 4 units
  • DANC 362 Pilates Mat Training – 2 units
  • DANC 370 Dance in Los Angeles – 2 units
  • DANC 399 Maymester: Dance Capitals of the World – 1 to 4 units
  • DANC 432 Creativity, Culture, Commerce and Community – 2 units
  • DANC 442 International and Historical Perspectives on Dance II – 4 units
  • DANC 452 Dancing with Words – 4 units
  • DANC 483 Dance Performance – 2 units
  • DANC 490x Directed Research – 1 to 12 units
  • DANC 495 Dance Internship – 1 to 18 units
  • DANC 499 Special Topics (select courses)- 1 to 4 units

Dance Technique Courses

Students may apply up to 2 units of dance technique courses (DANC 180-189c) toward the minor. These technique courses are offered in multiple levels, as denoted by the lettering “a, b, c, d.” Additional dance technique courses are encouraged and yield general elective credit.

  • DANC 180 African Dance – 2 units
  • DANC 181abc Contemporary Dance – 2 units
  • DANC 183abcd Ballet – 2 units
  • DANC 184abcd Jazz Dance – 2 units
  • DANC 185ab Hip-Hop Dance – 2 units
  • DANC 186 Afro Cuban Dance – 2 units
  • DANC 187 Bollywood Dance – 2 units
  • DANC 188ab International Style Ballroom Dance – 2 units
  • DANC 189abc Tap Dance – 2 units

Students with previous dance experience may place into intermediate (b-level), intermediate/advanced (c-level) and advanced (d-level) technique courses by submitting a Prerequisite Waiver Form, which requires approval by the instructor. If the instructor is not on campus, students should submit the form with a description of their dance training to Anne Aubert-Santelli, Assistant Dean of Admission and Student Services, at aubertsa@usc.edu.