Performing Arts

SCHOOL OF ARTS AND COMMUNICATION

DANCE

B.F.A. in Dance



The Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Dance offers rigorous, conservatory-style training for those interested in pursuing careers as professional dancers.

This modern-based program provides students with a foundation in ballet while exposing them to the breadth of contemporary modern and post-modern dance techniques. This emphasis on training, along with our singular Dance Wellness program, has put us at the forefront of dance medicine as applied to the wellbeing of future dance artists.

Small class sizes provide majors with individualized attention from the professional faculty, which is drawn from the finest dance companies in New York City. Students also work regularly with guest artists from whom they learn historical and current repertory.

The core B.F.A. includes:

  • Modern Techniques
  • Ballet
  • Improvisation and Choreography
  • Partnering
  • World Dance
  • Music for Dance
  • Dance History
  • Anatomy and Kinesiology for the Dancer
  • Dance Wellness
  • Repertory
  • Ensemble

Finally, every Dance major is strongly encouraged to take advantage of performance opportunities on campus throughout the academic year. The Department sponsors annual Winter and Spring concerts, and a monthly showcase of works-in-progress known as the Rising Artists Workshop (RAWorkshop) Series.

Download requirements and typical program for the B.F.A. in Dance.


Graduation Requirements

Students must satisfy the Placement, Proficiency, Orientation and Core Curriculum criteria outlined in the Graduation Requirements section of this bulletin.

Core Curriculum requirements for this major are summarized below:
Core Seminar 3 credits
Humanities
English Composition 3 credits
English Literature 3 credits
Philosophy 3 credits
Social Sciences
History 3 credits
Social Sciences (ANT, ECO, POL, PSY, SOC) 6 credits
Science and Mathematics
Mathematics 3 - 4 credits
Science 8 credits
Communication, Visual & Performing Arts
Speech 3 credits
Ancillary Requirements
BIO 131 Human Anatomy 4.00
Major Requirements
Following thirty eight (38) courses required:
DNC 100 Freshman Seminar: Dance Literacy 2.00
DNC 121 Improvisation 2.00
DNC 122 Choreography 1 2.00
DNC 131 Ballet Level 3.1 (BFA first level) 3.00
DNC 132 Ballet Level 3.2 3.00
DNC 133 Ballet Level 4.1 3.00
DNC 134 Ballet Level 4.2 3.00
DNC 141M Modern Technique: Level 3.1A (BFA First Level) 3.00
DNC 142M Modern Technique: Level 3.2A 3.00
DNC 143M Modern Technique: Level 4.1A 3.00
DNC 144M Modern Technique Level 4.2A 3.00
DNC 145 Modern Technique Level 3.1B 2.00
DNC 146 Modern Technique Level 3.2B 2.00
DNC 147 Modern Technique Level 4.1B 2.00
DNC 148 Modern Technique Level 4.2B 2.00
DNC 152 Dance Wellness 1.2 1.00
DNC 153 Dance Wellness Level 2.1 1.00
DNC 154 Dance Wellness Level 2.2 1.00
DNC 160 Music for Dance 3.00
DNC 170 Introduction to Design and Production for Dance 2.00
DNC 205 Dance History 3.00
DNC 206 Contemporary Dance History and Criticism 3.00
DNC 215A Dance Ensemble 1.00
DNC 215B Dance Ensemble 1.00
DNC 221 Choreography 2 2.00
DNC 231 Ballet Level 5.1 2.00
DNC 232 Ballet Level 5.2 2.00
DNC 233 Ballet Level 6.1 2.00
DNC 234 Ballet Level 6.2 2.00
DNC 241M Modern Technique Level 5.1A 3.00
DNC 242M Modern Technique Level 5.2A 3.00
DNC 243M Modern Technique Level 6.1A 3.00
DNC 244M Modern Technique Level 6.2A 3.00
DNC 245 Modern Technique Repertory Level 5.1B 3.00
DNC 246 Modern Technique/Repertory Level 5.2B 3.00
DNC 247 Modern Technique/Repertory Level 6.1B 3.00
DNC 248 Modern Technique/Repertory Level 6.2B 3.00
DNC 251 Dance Wellness Level 3.1 1.00
DNC 252 Dance Wellness Level 3.2 1.00
Following one (1) course required:
SPS 151 Kinesiology 3.00
Following one (1) course required:
DNC 151 Dance Wellness 1.1 1.00
12 Additional Credits in Journalism Courses Numbered Above 100

Credit and GPA Requirements
  • Minimum Total Credits: 128
  • Minimum Liberal Arts & Sciences Credits: 36
  • Minimum Major Credits: 90
  • Minimum Credits in Courses > 100 Level: 48
  • Ancillary Course Requirements: See above
  • Minimum Major GPA: 2.75
  • Minimum Overall GPA: 2.75

CONTACT

Richard L. Conolly
College of Liberals Arts & Sciences

Scott Krawczyk, Dean