Loyola University Chicago


Department of Fine and Performing Arts

Minor in Dance

The Loyola Dance Program is distinguished on a national level through its commitment to rigorous study of classical dance techniques. Training in ballet and modern dance, as well as the performance of demanding repertory, allows students to develop physical and artistic skills at a conservatory level while benefiting from a holistic Jesuit liberal arts education.

The dance minor curriculum at Loyola University Chicago features considerable study of applied studio technique enhanced by foundations coursework, which supports integration of dance technique with theory and context.

Chicago serves as an extended classroom for our program, and our dancers engage extensively with the professional dance community through Loyola's premier faculty, guest artists, internship opportunities, world-class performances, master classes and workshops.

In accordance with Bloom's Taxonomy of Educational Objectives, the dance minor demonstrates knowledge in the cognitive, affective and psychomotor domains.

Cognitive Outcomes:

  • Dance minors will demonstrate knowledge of discipline-specific vocabulary in discussion and written work.

  • Dance minors will describe universals and abstractions in dance including principles, generalizations, theories and structures.

  • Upon completion of the dance minor students will have experience in analyzing, synthesizing and evaluating dance performance producing unique communication on a regular basis in both written and oral formats.

Affective Outcomes:

Skills in the affective domain describe the way people react emotionally and their ability to feel other living things' pain or joy. Affective objectives typically target the awareness and growth in attitudes, emotion, and feelings.

  • Dance minors will actively participate in the learning process, moving beyond passive attention. Many courses in the Dance minor apply towards the university‚Äôs engaged learning core curriculum and are supported by the Center for Experiential Learning.

  • Dance minors will attach value to their experience of movement, exploration of the self and the engagement with others in classroom and performance communities in the spirit of cura personalis (care for the whole person)

Psychomotor Outcomes:

Psychomotor objectives focus on change and or development in behavior and/or skills.

  • Dance minors will use sensory cues to guide motor activity moving from sensory stimulation, through cue selection to translation.

  • Dance minors will apply and synthesize dance skills and sequences by preparing for and participating in performance.

  • Dance minors will enhance their neuro muscular coordination, strength, flexibility and balance.

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