Dance in Entertainment Minor

The Dance in Entertainment Minor explores dance in the commercial realm—from Hollywood to Broadway—primarily focused on performance, choreography and dance entrepreneurship. The minor is 18 units.

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


Required Lower Division Course (4 units)

  • DANC 280g Introduction to Dance as an Art Form (GE-A) – 4 units

Required Upper Division Course (4 units)*

  • DANC 333g Origins of Jazz Dance (GE-A) – 4 units

or

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

*Note: The other course may be taken as a concentration elective


Elective Courses (10 units)

  • DANC 103 Conditioning for Dancers – 2 units
  • DANC 105 Dance Science: Analysis of Movement – 4 units
  • DANC 107 World Perspectives on Dance Performance – 2 units
  • DANC 170 Choreography and Performance – 2 units
  • DANC 175 Choreography for the Screen – 2 units
  • DANC 181a-189b Technique Course (see below) – 2 to 4 units
  • DANC 212g Dance in Popular Culture (GE-A) – 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 305 Dance and New Media – 1 unit
  • DANC 312g African-American Dance (GE-A) – 4 units
  • DANC 342g International and Historical Perspectives on Dance – 4 units
  • DANC 362 Pilates Mat Training – 2 units
  • DANC 385 Choreography and Performance -2 units
  • DANC 432 Creativity, Culture, Commerce and Community – 4 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 490 Directed Research – 1 to 12 units
  • DANC 495 Dance Internship – 1 to 16 units
  • DANC 499 Special Topics (for minors) – 1 to 4 units
  • ARTL 310 Music and Dance in Paris Salon Culture – 2 units

Technique Courses

Up to 4 units of dance technique courses may be applied towards the minor. These technique courses in multiple levels, as denoted by the lettering “a, b, c, d”. Additional dance technique courses are encouraged and yield general elective credit.

  • DANC 181abc Contemporary Dance – 2 units
  • DANC 183abcd Ballet – 2 units
  • DANC 184abc 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 189ab Tap Dance – 2 units

Students with previous dance experience may place into intermediate (b-level), intermediate/advanced (c-level) or advanced (d-level) courses. Such students may complete and return a Prerequisite Waiver Form, which requires approval by the instructor. If the instructor is not on campus, students may fill out the student portion of the form and return it along with a dance resume or one paragraph description of their dance training. This information will then be reviewed.

All forms should be submitted to Cameo Beard, Student Services Advisor, at cameobea@usc.edu.