Undergraduate Dance Program
Both our degree options will help you create a foundation necessary to build a career in dance and advanced graduate studies.
The B.F.A. program will focus on choreography and performance where you’ll foster your technique, creative abilities and weave in other skills with the study of dance history, ethnology, kinesiology, and music for dance.
Our B.A. program will give you a broad study of dance within a liberal arts degree framework. You’ll develop the dance skills necessary to perform while possessing an intellectual grasp of the art and its principles.
B.F.A. in Performance & Choreography
Major Code BF5154
The Bachelor of Fine Arts curriculum provides a foundation on which to build a career as a performer, choreographer or teacher. Core curriculum in dance emphasizes developing performance skills through the study of technique, and fostering creative abilities through the study of choreography. Other major coursework provides a broad knowledge in dance history, ethnology, kinesiology, music, and the teaching of dance. A minimum of 128 credit hours are required for the B.F.A. in Dance.
The first year of the program introduces the dancer to the expectations of the school for its pre-professional training program.
The second year of the program deepens the discipline and practice of dance for the B.F.A. major in Choreography and Performance. Students are expected to devote more time to their work outside the usual class period.
The third year intensifies focus on training and the application of knowledge in a variety of areas including kinesiology and teaching courses. A Junior choreography project is undertaken in the spring of the junior year to prepare the B.F.A. major for the senior capstone project work.
The final year refines the dancer's technique, choreographic production and concert management in a senior choreographic project. Students who have an interest in teaching may be invited to teach under supervision.
BA in Dance
Major Code BA5150
The Bachelor of Arts curriculum offers a program of broad study in dance within a liberal arts degree framework. The BA degree develops the dance skills necessary to perform and a facility in the use of principles and procedures that reflect an intellectual grasp of the art.The degree presents strong potential for interdisciplinary studies and provides preparation for future graduate study.A required core curriculum in the first year emphasizes developing performance skills through the study of technique, and fostering creative abilities through the study of choreography. Other major coursework in dance provides a broad knowledge in dance history, ethnology, kinesiology, music, and the teaching of dance. The BA degree in dance also offers different possibilities for double majors with other disciplines in Arts & Sciences than the BFA degree in dance. A minimum of 120 credit hours are required for the BA in Dance.
Choreography and Performance: Minor code OR5154
A dance minor is designed for individuals majoring in other fields who wish, in the course of their college experience, to gain an understanding of the art of dance. This program may, however, be applied toward the dance major sequence. To become a dance minor, you must come to the School of Dance for an audition and advising. The first semester of work is probationary.
Dance History and Theory Minor: Minor Code ORDNCH
The dance minor in history and theory focuses on the growing field of dance studies that use a theoretical perspective based in dance and other movement practices as a means of analyzing dance within larger cultural contexts. This dance minor integrates theory and practice as a means of heightening a scholarly inquiry. This concentrated study helps prepare for employment or graduate study with a specialized dance emphasis in arts administration, dance ethnology, and dance in film or video.
Dance Somatic Studies Minor: Minor code ORDNCS
The dance minor in somatic studies considers the bodily kinesthetic knowledge that dancers develop in the course of their study of movement. Students perform physical activities and analyze movement practices from a variety of somatic theory perspectives and learn through both theory and practice. Study in this minor augments degree work in psychology, pre-physical therapy, exercise physiology, recreational therapy, and physical education. Concentrated study in the somatic studies minor helps prepare for employment or graduate study in dance therapy, clinical psychology, physical therapy, dance kinesiology, and recreational therapy.
To become a dance minor in somatic studies you must have sophomore standing, a 3.0 GPA in your major discipline or field of study, and come to the Dance Division to meet with an advisor. No audition is required.
Honors Tutorial College B.F.A. in Dance
The Honors Tutorial B.F.A. in Dance offers an individualized course of study for exceptionally talented and motivated students. View more information about the Honors Tutorial College Degree
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