Stacy Reischman Fletcher, Chair
118 College Drive, Box 5056
Hattiesburg, MS 39406-0001
Early, Lentz, Lester, Nielsen, Reischman Fletcher, White
The University of Southern Mississippi Department of Dance is an institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Dance. Dance requirements are in accordance with the published regulations of this association.
The department offers major and minor degree programs in dance. The program provides the student with technical training, performance opportunities and exposure to visiting professional artists. Not every course is offered every semester.
The dance department offers the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in two emphasis areas: Performance and Choreography and Dance Education. The BFA degree ensues a comprehensive study of dance with an emphasis on studio work. Admission to the Bachelor of Fine Arts in dance in both emphasis areas requires an audition. Auditions are held in the fall and spring semesters in the year prior to a student's enrollment at USM. Please contact the dance program at 601.266.4161 or
www.usm.edu/dance information for audition dates.
The BFA in Dance Performance and Choreography prepares students to enter the profession as practitioners. The curriculum leading to the degree of Bachelor of Fine Arts with an emphasis in dance education will prepare dancers to teach in public or private schools. The program is designed to provide a well-rounded education that balances dance performance, choreography and pedagogy with the core curriculum.
Students desiring to become a licensed public elementary or secondary school dance educator must adhere to all teacher education requirements, including an overall grade point average of 2.50 in the general education curriculum, and the successful completion of student teaching. In addition, students must earn a grade of C or higher in all courses required for certification. Criteria for admission to teacher education programs, completion of teacher education program, forms, deadlines and procedures can be found in this Bulletin under the heading College of Education and Psychology. Students must consult an adviser in dance and the current Bulletin for prerequisites and proper sequences of courses.
Dance majors applying for admission to teacher education must be in good academic standing at Southern Miss. To satisfy the state of Mississippi, students seeking a degree in dance education must earn a grade of C or better in all required courses.
Out-of-state students should consult with their respective state agencies regarding licensure requirements.
The dance department is the house of the USM Repertory Dance Company, which produces four concerts per year.
Retention Policy for Dance Majors
To remain in the Bachelor of Fine Arts program, a student must maintain a 2.75 GPA in all dance courses, regardless of emphasis. A student must retake any dance course in which the grade earned is a D or lower. Students must maintain a 2.5 GPA in dance courses to be eligible for The University of Southern Mississippi Repertory Dance Company.
A student who fails to maintain the required GPA will have one probationary semester to bring up grades to an acceptable GPA. A student whose grades do not improve after probation will not be allowed to enroll in additional dance courses above the 100-level.
ProgramsBachelor of Fine ArtNon-degree