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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.

Written Communication - Core Skill and Critical Inquiry

  • Composition. Satisfied by ENGL 101, ACT English score of 27 or above or SAT English score of 600 or above, AP English Literature & Composition score of 3 or above, or equivalent transfer course. Requirement must be completed during initial term of admission at KU.
  • Critical Reading and Writing. Satisfied by ENGL 102, or ENGL 105 (Honors), AP English Literature & Composition score of 4 or above, or an equivalent transfer course. Requirement must be completed within the first academic year at KU.
  • Sophomore Reading and Writing II. Satisfied by ENGL 203, or ENGL 205 (Honors), ENGL 209, or ENGL 210 or ENGL 211, or ENGL 362, or AP English Literature & Composition score of 5 or above, or an equivalent
  • Theatre Design or Production. Satisfied by completion of THR 215, THR 216, THR 220, or THR 224.
  • Masterworks of Music. Satisfied by MUSC 136/MUSC 336.

Humanities - Understanding the Human Condition. Satisfied by completing 2 courses (6 hours) (requirement code H). Approved courses may be searched for availability through the Kyou portal.

Social and Behavioral Sciences - Understanding Society and Behavior. Satisfied by completing 2 courses (6 hours) (requirement code S). Approved courses may be searched for availability through the Kyou portal.

Dance Technique. Majors must complete courses as specified in each of the following areas.

  • Ballet III. Satisfied by 4 hours of DANC 201.
  • Modern III. Satisfied by 4 hours of DANC 203
  • Jazz III. Satisfied by 2 hours of DANC 205.
  • Ballet IV. Satisfied by 6 hours of DANC 301.
  • Modern IV. Satisfied by 6 hours of DANC 303.
  • Jazz IV. Satisfied by 3 hours of DANC 305.

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.

  • Pointe and Pas de Deux. Satisfied by DANC 307.
  • Pas de Deux. Satisfied by DANC 308
  • Men’s Ballet. Satisfied by DANC 309.

Choreography. Majors must complete courses as specified in each of the following areas:

  • Dance Improvisation. Satisfied by 2 hours of DANC 150.
  • Choreography: Structured Solos. Satisfied by 2 hours of DANC 250.
  • Choreography: Group Forms. Satisfied by 3 hours of DANC 350.
  • Environmental Choreography. Satisfied by 3 hours of DANC 450.

Dance Performance. Majors must complete courses as specified in each of the following areas.

  • Musical Theatre Dance. Satisfied by 2 hours of DANC 260.
  • University Dance Company. Satisfied by 4 hours of DANC 320.
  • Introduction to Classical East Indian Dance. Satisfied by 3 hours of DANC 440.
  • Introduction to Flamenco Dance Technique. Satisfied by 3 hours of DANC 490.
  • Senior Project. Satisfied by 3 hours of DANC 550.

Dance Theory, History, Pedagogy, and Science. Majors must complete courses as specified in each of the following areas:

  • Conditioning and Injury Prevention for Dances. Satisfied by 1 hour of DANC 170.
  • Rhythms and Structures of Music. Satisfied by 1 hour of DANC 210.
  • Approaches to World Dance. Satisfied by 3 hours of DANC 330.
  • Introduction to Laban Movement Analysis. Satisfied by 3 hours of DANC 340.
  • Musculoskeletal Concepts for Dancers. Satisfied by 3 hours of DANC 370.
  • Ideokinesis. Satisfied by 3 hours of DANC 375.
  • Dance for Children. Satisfied by 3 hours of DANC 430.
  • Dance History: Research and Reconstruction. Satisfied by 3 hours of DANC 460.
  • Performing Arts Administration for Dancers. Satisfied by 3 hours of DANC 475.
  • Practicum in: _____. Satisfied by 1 hour of DANC 530.

Major Hours & Major GPA

While completing all required courses, majors must also meet each of the following hour and grade-point average minimum standards:

Major Hours
Satisfied by 80 hours of major courses.

Major Hours in Residence
Satisfied by a minimum of 15 hours of KU resident credit in the major. 

Major Junior/Senior Hours
Satisfied by a minimum of 12 hours from junior/senior courses (300+) in the major.

Major Junior/Senior Graduation GPA
Satisfied by a minimum of a 2.0 KU GPA in junior/senior courses (300+) in the major. GPA calculations include all junior/senior courses in the field of study including F’s and repeated courses. See the Semester/Cumulative GPA Calculator.

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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