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BFA Dance Curriculum

Dance Major (B.F.A.) – Undergraduate

Program Overview

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.)

Curriculum Requirements: 

All university students must complete a set of General Education Requirements applicable to their specific degree.  Dance BFA students must, in addition: (a) attain the Advanced level in one dance technique and Intermediate in the other for at least one semester prior to graduation; and (b) complete the major course requirements listed below:


Complete 83 semester hours including the following 2 requirement(s):


Complete 4 requirements:


Complete 24 semester hours from the following:

DNCE175Dance Technique: Modern I (6 hours studio)3.0
DNCE275Dance Technique: Modern II3.0
DNCE375Dance Technique: Modern III (2 hours lecture, 4 hours studio)3.0
DNCE475Dance Technique: Modern IV (2 hours lecture, 4 hours studio)3.0


Complete 24 semester hours from the following:

DNCE112Dance Technique: Ballet I (6 hours studio)2.0 – 3.0
DNCE212Dance Technique: Ballet II (2 hours lecture, 4 hours studio)2.0 – 3.0
DNCE312Dance Technique: Ballet III (2 hours lecture, 4 hours studio)2.0 – 3.0
DNCE412Dance Technique: Ballet IV (2 hours lecture, 4 hours studio)3.0
DNCE413Dance Technique: Ballet V (6 hours studio)3.0


Complete 4 semester hours from the following:

DNCE184Dance Repertory For Freshmen I (4 hour studio)0.50
DNCE185Dance Repertory For Freshmen II (4 hours studio)0.50
DNCE284Dance Repertory for Sophomores I (4 hour studio)0.50
DNCE285Dance Repertory for Sophomores II (4 hour studio)0.50
DNCE384Dance Repertory for Juniors I (4 hours studio)0.50
DNCE385Dance Repertory for Juniors II (4 hours studio)0.50
DNCE484Dance Repertory for Seniors I (4 hours studio)0.50
DNCE485Dance Repertory for Seniors II (1 hour lecture, 3 hours studio)0.50


Complete 4 course(s) for 8 semester hours:

DNCE160Dance Improvisation (3 hours lecture, 1 hour studio)2.0
DNCE161Choreography I (3 hours lecture, 1 hour studio)2.0
DNCE261Choreography II (3 hours lecture, 1 hour studio)2.0
DNCE361Choreography III (3 hours lecture, 1 hour studio)2.0


Complete 8 course(s) for 23 semester hours:

DNCE120Rhythmic Analysis (3 hours lecture)3.0
DNCE130Dance Science (1 hour lab, 2 hours lecture)3.0
DNCE135Laban Movement Analysis and Bartenieff Fundamentals (3 hours lecture)3.0
DNCE145World Dance (3 hours lecture)3.0
DNCE150Production Elements-Dance (4 hours lecture)2.0
DNCE262Visual Media Design and Technology for Live Performance (3 hours lab, 1 hour lecture)3.0
DNCE317Dance History: 1661-Present (3 hours lecture)3.0
DNCE402Dance Methods (3 hours lecture)3.0