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OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2016-17 
OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2016-17 [Archived Catalog]

Dance: Somatic Studies Minor

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Minor code ORDNCS

College of Fine Arts  
School of Dance, Film, and Theater  
Dance Division
Putnam Hall 137
Athens, OH 45701
Phone: 740.593.1828
Fax: 740.593.0749

Travis Gatling, contact person, gatling@ohio.edu

Program Overview

Somatic studies in dance considers the particular bodily kinesthetic knowledge that dancers develop in the course of their education. Students perform physical activities and analyze movement practices from a variety of somatic theory perspectives, learning about the body’s operations through both theory and practice. Study in the minor augments degree work in psychology, prephysical therapy, exercise physiology, recreational therapy, and physical education.

Admissions Information

Freshman/First-Year Admission

To become a dance minor in somatic studies you must have sophomore standing, a 3.0 GPA in your major discipline or field of study, and come to the School of Dance to meet with an advisor. No audition is required.

Change of Program Policy

Upon admission to the minor in somatic studies appropriate forms must be completed by the student in the Dance Division office or College of Fine Arts office.

External Transfer Admission

No requirements beyond University admission requirements and requirements stated above.

Opportunities Upon Graduation

Concentrated study in the somatic studies minor helps prepare for employment or graduate work in dance therapy, clinical psychology, physical therapy, dance kinesiology and recreational therapy.


Minor Hours Requirement

The dance: somatic studies minor requires a minimum of 21 hours.

Studio Dance Technique

Complete one year minimum of studio dance techniques at the 2000-level or above. You may choose from modern, ballet, jazz or African dance. Prerequisite courses must be met and are not part of the minor. Studio dance techniques must be taken in sequence.

Complete two of the following courses:

Dance Theory and Somatic Studies

Complete the following courses:

Complete a minimum of one hour in one of the following courses:

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