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    Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance

    Bachelor in Fine Arts in Dance

    The Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance is an applied arts degree designed to prepare students for professional careers as performers and/or choreographers. 

    Through the course of study in the Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Dance, students will be provided an opportunity to learn how to: Improve in ability and demonstrate knowledge of the content and terminology of ballet, modern, jazz and tap dance techniques; understand career options in the field of dance; choreograph dance forms with an understanding of spatial design, music/rhythm and thematic structure; recognize the value and power of both historic and contemporary dance as a means of communication; understand basic anatomy as it pertains to dance; and acquire additional competencies depending on the area of specialization. 

    In performance, students will learn and engage in skill sets, practices and perspectives of today’s professional-level dance; demonstrate and increasingly strong, dexterous, versatile facility, proficiency and artistry in dance techniques and in dance performance.

    In Choreography, students will learn and engage in skill sets, practices and perspectives of today’s professional-level dance; demonstrate increasingly sophisticated understanding of the choreographic process, dance making, dance concert production, problem solving, the ability to communicate an artistic vision, and to create opportunities for career advancement. 

    “Dean College has always maintained a strong commitment to the discipline of dance on its campus. The new BFA in Dance will continue in that tradition and enable skill sets, practices and perspectives of today’s professional-level dance. For students, this new degree program ultimately represents a whole lot of work. But then, Dean Bulldogs never miss a chance to dance.” - Dean of the School of Dance, Marc Arentsen 

    Course Sequence

    Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance

    Major (58 Credits) Credits
    DAN 111
    The Discipline and Profession of Dance
    3
    DAN 182
    Rhythmic Analysis
    3
    DAN 204
    Dance Composition I
    3
    DAN 201
    Dance History I
    3
    DAN 301
    Dance History II
    3
    DAN 131
    Improvisation
    1
    DAN 231
    Dance Improvisation II
    1
    DAN x24
    Rehearsal and Performance
    8
    CAR 300
    The Internship Experience
    2
    CAR 200
    The Internship Preparation Seminar
    1
    DAN 206
    Pedagogy I
    3
    DAN 401
    Senior Seminar
    3
    DAN 402
    Senior Project
    3
    DAN X4X
    Tap
    1
    DAN X5X
    Ballet
    8
    DAN X7X
    Modern
    8
    DAN X6X
    Jazz or Hip-Hop
    1
    Choreography Specialization (27+ Credits) Credits
    DAN 304
    Dance Composition II
    3
    DAN 305
    Dance Composition III
    3
    DAN 481
    Laban Movement Analysis
    3
    DAN 385
    Film Survey in Dance
    3
    AMGT 102
    Principles of Arts and Entertainment Management
    3
    THA 132
    Technical Production 2
    3
    Dance Elective
    Dance Elective
    3
    Dance Elective
    Dance Elective
    3
    Dance Elective
    Dance Elective
    3
    Performance Specialization (27+ Credits) Credits
    THA XXX
    Acting Lab
    3
    Dance Elective
    Dance Elective
    3
    Dance Elective
    Dance Elective
    3
    Dance Elective
    Dance Elective
    3
    Dance Studio Elective
    Dance Studio Elective
    3
    Dance Studio Elective
    Dance Studio Elective
    3
    Dance Studio Elective
    Dance Studio Elective
    3
    Dance Studio Elective
    Dance Studio Elective
    3
    Dance Studio Elective
    Dance Studio Elective
    3
    Core (43 Credits) Credits
    ENG 111
    Composition I
    3
    ENG 112
    Composition II
    3
    SPC 101
    Communication Fundamentals
    3
    MTH 150
    Foundations of Quantitative Reasoning
    3
    BIO 175
    Anatomy Essentials
    4
    ART ELECTIVE
    Core Distribution Arts Elective
    3
    HUMANITIES ELECTIVE
    Humanities Elective
    3
    NATURAL SCIENCE AND MATH ELECTIVE
    Natural Sciences and Mathematics Elective
    3
    SOCIAL SCIENCE ELECTIVE
    Social Sciences Elective
    3
    ENG 331
    Writing for the Arts and Entertainment World
    3
    COM 327
    Applied Professional Communication
    3
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    Elective - Open
    3
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    Elective - Open
    3
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    Elective - Open
    3
    TOTAL CREDITS: 128+ Credits

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