Iowa State Dance offers dancers a unique opportunity to discover, develop, and display their dance talents. Iowa State Dance operates with an open door policy allowing all students to participate in the art of dance, as well as create a diverse and eclectic population of dancers, allowing them to develop skills useful in their careers and life situations. Dance opportunities include participation in an academic or extracurricular setting. The 19 credits required of the dance minor are completed by taking 16 credits of required and 3 credits of supportive courses.

Required courses

Course numberCourse descriptionCreditsSemester
Dance 220 Modern Dance Compositions 2 credits Fall
Dance 222/223 Modern Dance II 1 credit Fall
Dance 270 Dance Appreciation 3 credits Fall, spring
Dance 320 Sound and Movement 3 credits Alt. spring
Dance 360 History and Philosophy of Dance 3 credits Alt. spring
Dance 384 Teaching Children's Dance 2 credits Spring
Dance 385 Methods of Teaching Dance 2 credits Fall
or Dance 386 Teaching Dance Technique and Composition 2 credits Spring

Supportive courses

Take three additional credits from Dance course(s) from the list below.


Course numberCourse descriptionCreditsSemester
Dance 232 Ballet II 1 credit Spring
Dance 233 Ballet III 1 credit Fall
Dance 242 Jazz II 1 credit Spring
Dance 224 Concert & Dance Theater 1 credit Fall, spring
Dance 370 Advanced Studies in Dance 1-6 credit(s) Fall, spring
Dance 386 Teaching Dance Technique and Composition 2 credits Fall, spring
Dance 490 Independent Study 1-3 credit(s) Fall, spring


Participation in Orchesis I, II and/or Iowa State Dance Tour Company is recommended. Check out the dance groups page for more information.