Dance Major (B.F.A.)

The Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Dance program combines conservatory-based training in many genres of dance with a liberal arts curriculum to prepare students for careers as professional dancers. Students are offered ample opportunities to choreograph and perform in conjunction with their coursework. The program is based within the Department of Theatre & Dance.  For further information, go to BFA Dance. (Note: All Theatre & Dance majors must pass yearly juries/portfolio reviews and faculty evaluation for continuation in the programs.)

Dance BFA students must:

  1. attain the Advanced level in one dance technique and Intermediate in the other for at least one semester prior to graduation; and
  2. complete the major course requirements listed below:

Program Requirements Overview

General Education Requirements22
World Languages and Cultures Requirements3-6
Major Requirements86
Free Electives9-6
Total Credits120

Major Requirements

Performance and Choreography
Dance Technique: Modern
Select 24 credits from the following:24
Dance Technique: Modern I
Dance Technique: Modern II
Dance Technique: Modern III
Dance Technique: Modern IV
Dance Technique: Modern V
Dance Technique: Ballet
Select 24 credits from the following:24
Dance Technique: Ballet I
Dance Technique: Ballet II
Dance Technique: Ballet III
Dance Technique: Ballet IV
Dance Technique: Ballet V
Dance Technique: Ballet VI
Dance Repertory
Select 4 credits from the following:4
Dance Repertory For Freshmen I
Dance Repertory For Freshmen II
Dance Repertory for Sophomores I
Dance Repertory for Sophomores II
Dance Repertory for Juniors I
Dance Repertory for Juniors II
Dance Repertory for Seniors I
Dance Repertory for Seniors II
Improvisation and Choreography
DNCE 160Dance Improvisation2
DNCE 161Choreography I2
DNCE 261Choreography II2
DNCE 361Choreography III2
Capstone Course
DNCE 480Senior Project3
Theoretical Studies
DNCE 120Music for Dancers3
DNCE 130Dance Science3
DNCE 131Health and Wellness Workshop 10
DNCE 135Somatics and Self-care3
DNCE 145Worlds of Dance3
DNCE 150Production Elements-Dance2
DNCE 317Explorations in American Dance History3
DNCE 362Digital Technologies and Dance3
DNCE 402Dance Methods3
Total Credits86

General Education Requirements

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A. New Student Seminar
Complete a 1 credit New Student Seminar course.1
C. Communication
1. Writing 3
2. Literature3
3. Communication3
F. Humanities
1. Great Works and Their Influences3
2. Philosophical and Religious Perspectives 3
G. Computer Science
Complete a 3 credit Computer Science course.3
K. Social Science
1. American and European History 3
Total Credits22

World Languages and Cultures Requirements

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World Languages
Based on placement exam complete one or two sequential courses in one language.3-6
World Cultures
Worlds of Dance (Fulfilled in the major.)
Total Credits3-6

Recommended Roadmap to Degree Completion

This recommended four-year plan is provided as an outline for students to follow in order to complete their degree requirements within four years.  This plan is a recommendation and students should only use it in consultation with their academic advisor.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
FallCredits
GNED 199 New Student Seminar 1
GENERAL EDUCATION: (C1) Writing 3
Dance Technique: BALLET 3
Dance Technique: MODERN 3
DNCE 131 Health and Wellness Workshop 0
DNCE 135 Somatics and Self-care 3
DNCE 150 Production Elements-Dance 2
DNCE 184 Dance Repertory For Freshmen I 0.5
 Credits15.5
Spring
GENERAL EDUCATION: (C2) Literature 3
Dance Technique: BALLET 3
Dance Technique: MODERN 3
DNCE 120 Music for Dancers 3
DNCE 131 Health and Wellness Workshop 0
DNCE 160 Dance Improvisation 2
DNCE 185 Dance Repertory For Freshmen II 0.5
 Credits14.5
Second Year
Fall
Dance Technique: BALLET 3
Dance Technique: MODERN 3
DNCE 130 Dance Science 3
DNCE 131 Health and Wellness Workshop 0
DNCE 145 Worlds of Dance 3
DNCE 161 Choreography I 2
DNCE 284 Dance Repertory for Sophomores I 0.5
 Credits14.5
Spring
GENERAL EDUCATION: (C3) Communication 3
GENERAL EDUCATION: (G) Computer Science 3
Dance Technique: BALLET 3
Dance Technique: MODERN 3
DNCE 131 Health and Wellness Workshop 0
DNCE 261 Choreography II 2
DNCE 285 Dance Repertory for Sophomores II 0.5
 Credits14.5
Third Year
Fall
Dance Technique: BALLET 3
Dance Technique: MODERN 3
DNCE 131 Health and Wellness Workshop 0
DNCE 361 Choreography III 2
DNCE 384 Dance Repertory for Juniors I 0.5
World Language 3
Free Elective 3
 Credits14.5
Spring
Dance Technique: BALLET 3
Dance Technique: MODERN 3
DNCE 131 Health and Wellness Workshop 0
DNCE 317 Explorations in American Dance History 3
DNCE 362 Digital Technologies and Dance 3
DNCE 385 Dance Repertory for Juniors II 0.5
World Language 3
 Credits15.5
Fourth Year
Fall
GENERAL EDUCATION: (F2) Humanities – Philosophical and Religious Perspectives 3
GENERAL EDUCATION: (K3) Social Science – American and European History 3
Dance Technique: BALLET 3
Dance Technique: MODERN 3
DNCE 131 Health and Wellness Workshop 0
DNCE 480 Senior Project 3
DNCE 484 Dance Repertory for Seniors I 0.5
 Credits15.5
Spring
GENERAL EDUCATION: (F1) Humanities – Great Works and Their Influences 3
Dance Technique: BALLET 3
Dance Technique: MODERN 3
DNCE 131 Health and Wellness Workshop 0
DNCE 402 Dance Methods 3
DNCE 485 Dance Repertory for Seniors II 0.5
Free Elective 3
 Credits15.5
 Total Credits120