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THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND KINESIOLOGY


The Department of Health and Kinesiology (HLKN) is the largest academic department at Texas A&M University and generates over 98,000 credit hours and 203,000 (Modified) weighted student credit hours each year.

As one of four departments in the College of Education and Human Development, HLKN is currently home to over 3,500 undergraduate students, 246 master’s students, 70 doctoral students (3,921 total), 179 minor students, 103 faculty members, 32 staff members and 87 funded graduate assistants.

Divisions of Health & Kinesiology

The department is comprised of four divisions: Health EducationKinesiologySport Management and the Physical Education Activity Program. Each division offers various degrees and outreach programs promoting continuing education for students and the community.

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Division of Health Education

Prepares students to help people improve their health, and thereby the quality of life, through effective health education, powerful networking, strong leadership, meaningful research and selfless service to others.

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Division of Kinesiology

We give students access and appreciation for all things kinesiology, emphasizing the biological basis to exercise and movement.

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Division of Sport Management

The Sport Management Program is one of the top 5 programs in the country.

Health & Kinesiology Physical Education Activity Building

Division of Physical Education Activity Program

PEAP offers health and fitness activity classes to every Texas A&M student.

Former Student Highlight


KOURTNEY MARTIN


During her time as a Group Fitness Instructor at Texas A&M Rec Sports, she was presented with the opportunity to instruct WELLNESS WORKS! fitness sessions to faculty and staff at Texas A&M. She went on to complete her graduate internship with WELLNESS WORKS! before being named Employee Wellness Coordinator in 2017.

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FROM OUR FORMER STUDENTS


Chandler Stout ’15 discusses her experience as a Sports Management Major at the College of Education and Human Development. Chandler has been heavily involved in student organizations such as Kappa Alpha Theta Sorority, Freshman Leaders in Progress, Conference on Student Government Association Committee, Big Event, Relay for Life-Aggieland and Fish Camp.

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Bachelor's in University Studies, concentration in:

Dance

B.S. IN UNIVERSITY STUDIES WITH A CONCENTRATION IN DANCE


University Studies provides students who are in good academic standing with the university (2.0+ GPR) and who are specifically seeking an interdisciplinary degree the flexibility to create individualized degree plans at Texas A&M. University Studies degree options are offered by each of the colleges and provide additional access to college-specific courses that may have restricted admission.

The Dance Concentration is 120 hours of classes from the area of concentration, core curriculum classes, two minors and electives.  Although not required, the following minors complement the concentration: business, music and theatre.

Students in this program are eligible to receive dance scholarships.

ADMISSIONS PROCESS


Freshman, change of major and transfer students should follow all Texas A&M University and department admissions policies. View the Undergraduate Admissions page for full information.

In addition, applicants to the Dance Program must participate in an audition process. Submit your application to the University as soon as possible. Both acceptance by the University AND acceptance by the Dance Program through the audition process are required.

Auditions allow the Dance faculty to evaluate a student’s technical level in ballet and modern dance. Applicants will receive an email verifying their application is complete before their audition.  Notification of audition results will be emailed within approximately two weeks after the audition.

How to Apply

AUDITION PROCESS


AUDITIONS FOR 2019 ADMISSIONS

  • September 28, 2018 – (Day of Dance participants only) applications due September 24th
  • October 8, 2018 –  applications due October 1st
  • March 29, 2019 – applications due March 25th
  • April 12, 2019 (Day of Dance participants only) applications due April 8th

Audition slots are limited for each audition date and are based on a first come first serve basis.  Once an audition date is full, your application will move to the next available date.

If you are out of state or cannot attend any of our audition dates, you may submit a digital audition. Click here for digital audition requirements.

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Preparing for the Audition

Complete the application form, a resume, and letter of intent.  Your letter of intent should discuss your aspirations and goals as well as why the TAMU Dance Program is the program for you.  Be sure to list your preference for an audition date. You will receive an email verifying your application is complete.  There are no accommodations on campus for visitors; College Station/Bryan offers a wide variety of hotel/motel choices.

  1. Fill out the Dance Program audition application.
  2. Send resume and letter of intent along with the application.
  3. All applicants must submit a full-length photograph of themselves in a dance studio setting.
  4. Follow the dress code (see other relevant information below) for photos. The photo can either be black and white or color.  The photograph is not used as a criterion for admission but functions as a memory tool for the adjudication committee.

Submit all materials to:

Texas A&M Dance Program
TAMU 4245
College Station, TX 77843-4245

Audition Schedule

The first class begins at 9:15 am. For your audition to be complete, expect to stay for the entire meeting.

Meet in the Physical Education Activity Program Building (PEAP) Rm. 207

If you are visiting our building/campus for the first time, please allow enough time to find the room.

NO LATE CHECK-INS ACCEPTED. Please bring snacks and lunch, as you will not have a chance to leave campus.

9:00 – 9:15 am         Check-in for Audition

9:15 – 9:30 am         Warm up for 1st class on your own

9:30 – 10:30 am       Ballet audition class

10:30 – 10:45 am     Break

10:45 – 11:45 am     Modern Audition class

12:00 pm                 Interviews** announced in PEAP 207

1:30 pm                   Program Q&A, Program Overview Talk – Parents Welcome PEAP 207

**It is possible that not all auditioning dancers will interview with dance faculty, but all should prepare to do so.

Observers are not allowed in the audition classes or interviews.

Directions to Check In

The PEAP building is behind Reed Arena next to the tennis courts. When you enter the building through the main sliding glass doors, there will be stairs to the second floor on the left before the information desk. On the second floor, turn left and proceed down the hallway. PEAP 207 will be on your left.

DIRECTIONS TO TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY FROM HWY 6

  • From Hwy 6 exit University Drive – go west onto University to Texas Ave.
  • Take a left onto Texas Ave and travel down about 1 mile until you come to George Bush
  • Take a right onto George Bush Drive.
  • Take a right onto Penberthy Rd (you will cross over the railroad tracks).
  • The PEAP building will be on your left.

DIRECTIONS TO TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY FROM HWY 21 (TRAVELING FROM AUSTIN)

  • From Hwy 21 (going east) take Hwy 47 which turns into Hwy 60/Raymond Stolzer Pkwy
  • Turn right onto Discovery Drive.
  • Take a left onto John Kimbrough Blvd.
  • Take a right onto Penberthy Rd.
  • The PEAP building will be on the right.

Proper Dance Wear

BALLET

  • Women – solid colored leotard, pink tights, pink (or skin tone) ballet shoes, hair pulled back in a bun.  No jewelry allowed.  No pointe shoes.
  • Men – black tights, solid colored tight fitting t-shirt or leotard, dance belt; ballet shoes

MODERN

  • Women – solid colored leotard and black tights, bare feet. Hair pulled back and away from the face.  No jewelry allowed.
  • Men – black footless tights, solid colored tight fitting t-shirt or leotard, dance belt, bare feet

PERFORMANCE


Performance opportunities include: an annual dance concert (Perpetual Motion), Faculty Arts Showcase, Choreographers’ Showcase, Senior Concerts, informal performances, student organization concerts, performances throughout the community and on campus and state, regional, and national/international gala performances.  Dance faculty often receive grants for other performances throughout the university in collaboration with faculty from other colleges.  Students are also given the opportunity to attend various festivals and conferences.

The Dance Program also offers students the capability to work with guest artists in master classes, watching performances and learning repertory.  This not only gives students an unique opportunity to build their resumes, but to work with a variety of professionals in the field.

Dance Wellness


Students who enter the concentration program undergo an extensive screening process known as the Dancer Wellness Project. Through this screening dance science students and faculty work closely with the graduate students and faculty in the Athletic Training Program to assess the dancers strengths and weaknesses. This testing enable students to learn about the areas of the body they need to work on as well as give information to the faculty about the overall structure of the student’s body. This gives us information for students and faculty to work within a students structure in a safe way to gain a strong technique in dance.

The information from these assessments are put into a data base where students have access to their profiles. This data base will allow students to know where their strengths and weaknesses are and give them specific exercises (with video instructions) to help improve their overall technique. Students are assisted through this program with dance faculty and are re-evaluated every year.

Scholarships


The Dance Program offers scholarship opportunities for its students, in addition to those available for all HLKN students. Scholarships are awarded once a year in the Fall.

To apply, fill out the application and follow the submission instructions. If a scholarship is awarded, students must submit an acceptance form to receive the funds.

HLKN Choreography Scholarship

The scholarship is awarded to the student who exhibits the potential to create exceptional choreography. There is no application for the scholarship. The recipient is selected by a majority vote of the current dance faculty and may be based on a singular work or multiple works. The scholarship is presented to an individual at the annual dance program concert.

  • Must be an undergraduate student (current, incoming freshman or transfer) enrolled in either the B.S. in Kinesiology Dance Science program, University Studies Dance Concentration or Dance Minor
  • Must be in good standing with the HLKN Dance program
  • Demonstration of extraordinary accomplishment in the role of choreographer, including a well-crafted work using choreographic principles an a strong artistic vision
  • Demonstration of successful accomplishment in the rehearsal and performance process: promptness, consideration of others, self motivation and overall respect for the art form and its process
  • $250 per academic year

HLKN Performance Scholarship

The scholarship is awarded to the student who exhibits exceptional ability in dance performance. There is no application for the scholarship. The recipient is selected by a majority vote of the current dance faculty and may be based on a singular work or multiple works. The scholarship is presented to an individual at the annual dance program concert.

  • Must be an undergraduate student (current, incoming freshman or transfer) enrolled in either the B.S. in Kinesiology Dance Science program, University Studies Dance Concentration or Dance Minor
  • Must be in good standing with the HLKN Dance program
  • Demonstration of successful accomplishment in the rehearsal and performance process: promptness, consideration of others, self motivation and overall respect for the art form and its process
  • $250 per academic year

Program Details


Degree: Bachelor of Science University Studies
Concentration: Dance
Program Delivery: Traditional
Program Hours: 120

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Frequently Asked Questions


Bachelor's

  • What are the typical program costs?

    The following website can help you estimate the cost of the program, including current costs of tuition and fees: Click here for the cost of attendance estimator

    Please note, you must update the program hours.

  • I live out of state. Do you accept out-of-state applicants?

    Yes, we accept in-state and out-of-state applicants.

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