Arts for Children, Dance Speciality

The recommendations below are for the Dance Specialty only within the Arts for Children Major. For other specliaties, please see appropriate page.

Students with an affinity for all arts, a particular interest in one of five art forms (visual art, dance, literary arts, music or theatre), and an interest in working with children are invited to declare Interdisciplinary Arts for Children (IAC) as their major. Students should indicate an Arts for Children specialty area of art, dance studies, literary arts, music or theatre. (Dance specialty students are required to pass a Department of Dance audition and must be admitted into the specialty area via a signed “Declaration of Major” form. No audition is required for the Dance Studies specialty.) Upon matriculation, students are assigned an advisor by the IAC advisement coordinator.

Students are required to meet with the IAC Program Director during their first semester at Brockport for an interview, to create a course outline toward graduation, and to discuss the Childhood Inclusive Certification option.

Students should not take advanced coursework in the major until completing prerequisite coursework in ART 101, DNS 204, DNS 205, MUS 105 and THE 281, followed by IAC 280. Arts for Children majors with dance specialty do not need ballet unless they are declaring a double major with Dance.

Required Courses in the Freshman Year

First Semester (Fall) Second Semester (Spring)
  • DNS 204 Dance Conditioning Lab (fall only)
  • DNS 205 Dance Technique I (fall only)
  • MUS 105 Intro to Music (Dance Department majors only section)
  • ART 101 Visual Art Experience
  • DNS 364 Dance Improvisation (spring only)
  • THE 281 Creative Drama


Recommended Courses

General Education courses which also fulfill requirements for Childhood Inclusive Certification including HST 211 or 212, NAS 273 and GEP 115.


Required Courses in the Sophomore Year

First or Second Semester
  • DNS 306 Beginning Dance Composition (fall only) or
  • DNS 375 Intro to Laban Movement Analysis
  • DNS 454 Studies in Major Dance Styles
  • IAC 280 Introduction to Arts for Children*
  • THE 365 Puppet Theatre (spring only) or ENG 482 Children’s Literature (ENG 482 required for certification intent)
  • DNS 206 20th Century Dance or DNS 316 History

* Prerequisite: introductory courses in art, dance, music, theatre

The degree in Arts for Children can be combined with certification in elementary education. Admission to this program, offered through the Department of Education and Human Development, requires a separate application usually prior to entering the junior year. Specific advisement is needed for both the Arts for Children Interdisciplinary Major and the teacher education certification program. It is important to meet with the IAC Program Director as soon as possible to discuss pre-requisite course sequences for both programs.

Consult the Course Catalog or website (www .brockport .edu/afc) for the complete listing of arts for children core, Dance specialty and required courses in other arts disciplines.

Grade Requirement

This major/program requires a grade of “C” or above in all courses used to fulfill major requirements. Courses with “C-“ CANNOT be applied and must be repeated.