Being able to offer credit for traditional dance or music activities can be a great way to entice people to try it out, especially if it helps to fulfill some sort of requirement (such as PE). This can be a difficult process depending on the bureaucracy involved, the way your campus is set up, and who you have as allies in different parts of the college. Here are a few ideas.
- Look for opportunities such as Oberlin's Experimental College (ExCo) program, a continuing education department, independent study, or other non-traditional course models
- It may be useful to have an off-campus "expert," preferably someone with an advanced degree or a teaching resume, or some sort of credentials, to act as an instructor and give the course more legitimacy
- A course needs to be more than just dancing for fun; you'll need to articulate learning goals, skills to be developed, and methods of evaluation.
- If you know a professor who is really into what you do, consider proposing a mini-course in their department, such as a traditional music ensemble in the music department, or a music and dance history of the Jane Austen era in History.
Southern Oregon University Case Study
For more information and ideas, look through these examples from Brooke Friendly's English dance course at Southern Oregon University:
- Sample Syllabus (from the CDSS Youth Task Group Wiki site)
- ECD Course Proposal (from the CDSS Youth Task Group Wiki site)
- Country Dancing as a College Course (from the CDSS News, Sep/Oct 2008)
The "Dancing on College Campuses" by Joanna Reiner and Jenny Beer includes a discussion of for-credit classes at Swarthmore.