Newcome, Beth Anne
The Ballroom Dancing Advanced Skill Set offers students practical experience and training required for Ballroom Dancing competition and/or for employment as Ballroom Dancing teachers in a variety of venues, including private dance studios and/or social dance event businesses. Many students in various programs opt to complete this program as they complete required elective hours within their major; twenty credit hours from this program may be applied as elective hours in other programs.
Students who go through this program will use the “Dance Vision International Dance Association” (DVIDA) curriculum that will provide a broad knowledge of ballroom dances, making them well prepared for the potential job markets in this field. The DVIDA Medal System provides an organized way to prepare teachers of ballroom dance and those seeking to develop personal ballroom dance skills. With the DVIDA program, students will be able to enhance both excellence and skill with a program that supports progress from one skill level to the next through medal testing and certification. In addition, Pierpont C&TC/Fairmont State University sponsor the Ballroom Dance student association, which provides students an opportunity to complete in regional competitions with other teams from major universities. The Ballroom Dance Advanced Skill Set can be combined with the Associate in Arts, Liberal Studies degree to complete the open elective (20 hours) requirements.
The Ballroom Dance program can be completed as a stand-alone Skill Set and may serve as courses for the AA Liberal Studies. This provides an opportunity for students wishing to complete the Ballroom Dance skill set to also complete an associate degree. The general studies courses in the Liberal Studies degree program complete all requirements for the bachelor degree general studies if transferred to the university. See the catalog Liberal Studies program for more information.
- Dance at Bronze level in International Standard, Latin, and American Smooth and Rhythm styles
- International-style; waltz, tango, fox trot, quickstep
- International Latin; cha cha, rumba, salsa, samba, jive
- American Smooth; waltz, tango, fox trot, quickstep
- American Rhythm; cha cha, rumba, swing
- Dance at Gold level in ONE or more of the four styles
- Teach both male and female dance moves and posture
- Identify music repertoires and count rhythms and music used for ballroom dancing
- Discuss the history, culture, etiquette, and related behaviors for various dance styles
- Test through DVIDA examination at each level of bronze.
Upon successful completion of the Ballroom Dancing Advanced Skill Set, students will be eligible to apply their Gold level amateur medal(s) to competitions for “professional” medal(s) through (ISTD) (Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing). Students who earn Gold-level distinctions in all four areas of dance through ISTD will also be eligible to apply to be a certified examiner with ISTD. Students with the Ballroom Dancing Skill Set Certificate are eligible to teach Ballroom Dancing in the some public and private schools, including adult education classes. Students with this Skill Set are often recruited to be instructors at private schools of dance and instructor/ performers for international entertainment industries, including cruise lines and luxury hotels and resorts, where social ballroom dancing instruction is promoted.
This program alone does not qualify for financial aid. Students seeking financial aid eligible degrees may incorporate the classes as electives when their schedule allows or may declare an Associate or Certificate of Applied Science degree major of study in which the courses are embedded.
All classes are not offered every semester, thus a model schedule will be provided to students to provide guidance for class scheduling.
DANC 1100 is offered every semester