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Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance

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Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance Degree Requirements

The curriculum leading to the B.F.A. focuses on technique, choreography, and performance. It prepares students for professional careers or further academic study in dance. Entrance into the B.F.A. program is provisional during the first year. After evaluation of the year’s work and approval by the faculty, a student is fully accepted into the B.F.A. program.

B.F.A. majors receive integrated training in ballet, modern, and jazz dance technique. They also take courses in choreography, dance theory, history, dance science, and pedagogy. Other B.F.A. courses include flamenco, performing arts administration, classical East Indian dance, conditioning and injury prevention for dancers, and musical theatre dance. Students must complete a senior project in performance and/or choreography. B.F.A. majors have a variety of performance opportunities as members of the University Dance Company. A total of 120 credit hours is required.

Liberal Arts and Sciences Requirements

A minimum of 38 credit hours in liberal arts and sciences is required. (38 hours)


Dance Technique (33 hours)

Level IV courses may be substituted for level III courses.

The following may be substituted for DANC 201, DANC 203, DANC 301, or DANC 303 if 4 semesters of level IV ballet or modern are completed.

Choreography (10 hours)
Dance Performance (15 hours)
  • DANC 260 Musical Theatre Dance (2)
  • DANC 320 University Dance Company (four semesters) (4)
  • DANC 440 Introduction to Classical East Indian Dance (3)
  • DANC 490 Introduction to Flamenco Dance Technique (3)
  • DANC 550 Senior Project (3)
Dance Theory, History, Pedagogy, and Science (24 hours)
  • DANC 170 Conditioning and Injury Prevention for Dancers (1)
  • DANC 210 Rhythms and Structures of Music (1)
  • DANC 330 Approaches to World Dance (3)
  • DANC 340 Introduction to Laban Movement Analysis (3)
  • DANC 370 Musculoskeletal Concepts for Dancers (3)
  • DANC 375 Ideokinesis (3)
  • DANC 430 Dance for Children (3)
  • DANC 460 Dance History: Research and Reconstruction (3)
  • DANC 475 Performing Arts Administration for Dancers (3)
  • DANC 530 Practicum in: _______ (1)

Graduation Plan

With careful planning and commitment to a full-time course load, you can graduate in 4 years. Download a sample 4-year plan for dance.

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