The Dance program features both major and minor programs of study. The Dance major is a four-year program leading to a Bachelor of Science in Education degree. The Dance Program curriculum focuses on intellectual, creative, and technical dance endeavors, while offering interdisciplinary experiences in theatre, music and kinesiology. The program emphasizes both modern dance and classical ballet as well as a lesser focus, jazz dance. Program options are designed to expand each student's dance competencies and can be tailored to meet a student's specific dance interests and talents. Dance faculty are committed to individualized experiences and promoting professional excellence for our students. Admission to the program presently does not require an audition. All prospective students are encouraged to contact Associate Professor Deborah Tell, Dance program coordinator (see Kinesiology faculty biography). An interview, tour of the remodeled dance facilities, and individual discussions with the Dance faculty and students can be arranged at an applicant's convenience.
The Dance minor is a 25-29 hour program, serving students wishing to further develop their dance talents while majoring in another area. It is designed to complement many other BGSU majors and still allow students to graduate in eight or nine semesters.
The Dance program is housed primarily in Eppler North, part of the $10 million renovated Eppler Complex. In addition to the faculty office suite adjacent to the student lounge, a modern, fully-mirrored ballet studio and the spacious Mary "Eli" Whitney Dance Studio serve as the Dance program's practice, rehearsal, and performance spaces. Campus dance concerts also use stage and theater facilities in University Hall and the Musical Arts Building.
The Mary "Eli" Whitney Dance Studio
The dance curriculum provides a strong foundation in anatomical bases, movement technique, and dance theory and history. Students choose a concentration in either modern dance or classical ballet. The program stresses the interdisciplinary nature of dance as a creative art form, as a humanities area of study, as a pedagogical endeavor, and as an integral part of human movement. Students are encouraged to study and acquire competencies in related areas in order to fully develop their creative and artistic talents as individuals. In addition, a number of service courses are offered to interested BGSU students in jazz, ballroom, folk, and other dance forms.
Repertory Dance Ensemble
A special feature of BGSU's dance program is the on-campus performing company, Repertory Dance Ensemble . Membership in the company requires a yearlong commitment and focuses on developing professional skills and artistry in dance performance. Both students and faculty compose the membership of the RDE company. Admission auditions for RDE are held twice annually in the Fall and Spring semesters. Performance and choreography opportunities include the annual on-campus dance concert in January, the Spring Dance Showcase, the American College Dance Festival, Discover Toledo Dance Concert, lecture/demonstrations, master classes and residencies, OAHPERD state performances, and interdisciplinary performing events such as the New Music and Art Festivals and the Prima Vera Gala.
Other Dance Opportunities
The BGSU Dance program offers a number of unique activities and programs for the University and northwest Ohio communities. In addition to courses and master classes ranging from modern and ballet to tap, jazz, folk, square, and ballroom dance, interested persons may participate in the student Dance Alliance which offers a number of activities including Dance Showcases each semester.
Exercise Science Checksheet
We are seeking to prepare individuals for leadership positions in exercise science who will possess and impart knowledge and skills of human movement and who promote health and well-being through movement. Our programs demonstrate a functional blend of the theoretical understanding of human movement, specialized professional skills, and critical consciousness of topics and issues within the study of human movement.
Exercise Programming – Curriculum designed to prepare students to complete exercise testing and prescription in a wide variety of settings such as cardiac/pulmonary rehabilitation, corporate fitness/wellness, strength and conditioning, and personal training.
Human Movement – In-depth study of the core disciplines of Kinesiology, students develop an interdisciplinary knowledge base and thorough understanding of human movement.
Skills and experiences in:
- Analyzing human movement
- Critical thinking
- Administering exercise tests
- Measuring body composition
- Exercise prescription for a variety of clients
- Research skills
Exercise Physiology Laboratory
• Exercise testing utilizing treadmills & cycle ergometers
• ParvoMedics Metabolic Measurement System
• Underwater weighing facility
• Blood chemistry laboratory
• Kin Com Isokinetic dynamometer
• Functional Testing Laboratory
Exercise Physiology Laboratory
Biomechanics & Motor Behavior Laboratory
• Motion Analysis Corporation, four camera 3-D system
• Noraxon eight channel telemetered electromyography system
• Noraxon electrogoniometer
• Two AMTI force platforms
• Photocell timing devices
• Four camera Peak Motion Analysis system
• Professional portable pitching mound
• 8 computer work stations
• Sports performance tunnel
This lab is designed to analyze three dimensional upper and lower extremity movement patterns of fundamental motor skills, as well as many sport specific movement patterns such as baseball pitching and batting, jumping, landing and cutting tasks.
Biomechanics & Motor Behavior Laboratory
- Human anatomy and physiology
- Exercise physiology
- Sport conditioning
- Motor development
- Motor learning and control
- Exercise testing and prescription
- Psychological aspects of sport and exercise
- Legal aspects of sport
- Facilities planning
Field Experiences and Employment Opportunities:
- Exercise and fitness centers (corporate, public and private)
- Multi-purpose agencies such as JCC/YWCA/YMCA
- Cardiac rehabilitation ((hospital, out-patient, sports medicine clinics)
- Strength & conditioning and athletics (secondary, collegiate, professional, recreational)
- Exercise and human movement research settings (university, private agencies, federal)
- Private consulting and personal training
Since the Human Movement Science major is a disciplinary program, it is not specifically designed to prepare students for a particular profession. Nevertheless, graduates of this program are well prepared to pursue graduate studies or professional experiences in kinesiology, physical therapy, occupational therapy, exercise science, physical education, or other allied health professions.
Physical Education Teacher Education Major Checksheet
The Physical Education Teacher Education (PETE) program prepares students to become highly effective and reflective teachers of human movement. An effective physical education teacher is one who is able to develop physically educated individuals defined as versatile, skillful movers who are healthy and fit, knowledgeable about human movement, and for whom movement has personal meaning and enjoyment.
The faculty and students in The Physical Education Teacher Education program have full use of the advanced PETE Laboratory. The laboratory is composed of a self-contained multimedia classroom adjoining a multipurpose gymnasium, the Physical Education Teacher Research Room, the office for the National Institute of Physical Education for Children (NIPEC), and the PETE faculty suite, all located in the Eppler North Complex. Each of these facilities is fully equipped with the latest instructional technology such as a video projector, closed circuit television, computers, sound system, and movement analysis equipment. The National Institute of Physical Education for Children, directed by PETE faculty, is dedicated to the study of exemplary elementary physical education practices and promotion of these practices through workshops, educational materials, research, and community outreach activities.
The Physical Education Teacher Education program is designed to prepare graduates to be eligible for a State of Ohio Multi-age (ages, 3-21; grades, Pre K-12) Physical Education teaching license. PETE majors may also elect to pursue an Adapted Physical Education licensure endorsement program. The thematic curriculum for the PETE major is grounded in three highly interrelated bodies of kinesiological knowledge: foundations of human movement, curriculum and instruction, and movement performance. In the human movement foundations courses, students gain competencies in motor development and learning, applied human anatomy, movement analysis, biomechanics, exercise physiology, and measurement. Students learn important understandings of the history of physical education, curriculum and lesson planning, pedagogical principles, and methods of teaching early childhood through adolescent/young adult physical education as part of the curriculum and instruction courses. In the movement performance courses, students achieve competencies in dance, gymnastics, and games from the theoretical perspectives of the Movement Approach and the Games for Understanding approach. Extensive field-based courses place students in the schools to gain important pedagogical competencies in supervised settings prior to their internship teaching student experience. A Collaborative Health Education Licensure is now available through an effort with the University of Toledo.
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The Physical Education Teacher Education program prepares students in the rich historical tradition of professional physical education preparation at Bowling Green State University. School districts across the country, particularly those in northwest and northcentral Ohio, have long sought out graduates of the Bowling Green program to fill their positions for physical education teachers and athletic coaches.