Take your craft and creative vision to the next level with a Bachelor in Fine Arts in Dance from Dean College.

The Bachelor of Fine Arts is the most rigorous undergraduate course of study for aspiring professional dancers. At the Joan Phelps Palladino School of Dance, you’ll train under veteran performers, directors and choreographers who will prepare you for your big break. 

Program Overview

Dance is movement with meaning. A professional dance education immerses you not only in the physical artistry of dance in all its forms but also in the history, theory and power of creative expression. Our conservatory-level training in ballet, jazz, tap, modern and related techniques, combined with targeted allied studies, will help you develop the skill and artistry necessary for a successful career as a performer or choreographer.

Choose from two specializations within the BFA program:

  • Choreography
  • Performance

In the choreography track, you’ll engage with each step of the choreographic process, and learn how to develop and communicate your own artistic vision. The performance track will hone your strength and discipline through conservatory-style training in the studio and on the stage. 

Learn from the Best

For more than 50 years, Dean has been a nationally recognized educational center for dance. Our dedicated faculty and staff foster creativity, broaden perspectives, expand knowledge, develop proficiency and prepare you for excellence in the field of dance. 

Beyond the Classroom

In addition to countless creative and performance opportunities on campus, you’ll get invaluable industry experience.

  • Participate in a for-credit internship with a local or regional dance company or choreographer.
  • Travel the world (and improve your Spanish) as part of our life-changing DanceAbroad Argentina program in Buenos Aires, Argentina. 

The Joan Phelps Palladino School of Dance has earned a reputation for producing truly gifted and hardworking young dancers. The BFA program takes the proud tradition of Dean College dance to a whole new level.

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Uniquely Dean

What makes our Dance BFA program best of the breed? 

  • Begin performing and set out to create a body of work in your first semester.
  • Live music in class performed by talented local musicians.
  • Receive rigorous conservatory-style dance training enriched by a well-rounded liberal arts education.
  • Complete a for-credit internship with a professional dance company or choreographer. 
  • Receive highly specialized injury prevention and care services, provided by a full-time certified and licensed athletic trainer who has extensive experience in working with dancers. 
  • Find professional opportunities through Dean College’s extensive dance alumni network.

Degree Offerings

  • Bachelor of Fine Arts*

*The course listing below is based on the Bachelor of Fine Arts program.

Dance BFA Courses

Course Number Course Title 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 -- World Perspectives on American Dance 3
DAN 301 Dance History II -- 20th and 21st Century Dance 3
DAN 131 Dance Improvisation I 1
DAN 231 Dance Improvisation II 1
DAN X24 Rehearsal and Performance 8
DCA 200 Internship Connections: Creating Your Plan 1
DCA 300 The Internship Experience 2
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 4
Total Credits 58

Course Number Course Title Credits
ENG 111 Composition I 3
ENG 112 Composition II 3
SPC 101 Communication Fundamentals 3
MATH ELECTIVE Core Mathematics Elective 3
BIO 175 Anatomy Essentials 4
ARTS ELECTIVE Core Distribution Arts Elective 3
HUMANITIES ELECTIVE Core Distribution Humanities Elective 3
NATURAL SCIENCES AND MATH ELECTIVE Core Distribution Natural Sciences and Mathematics Elective 3
SOCIAL SCIENCES ELECTIVE Core Distribution Social Sciences Elective 3
ENG 331 Writing for the Arts and Entertainment World 3
COM 327 Applied Professional Communication 3
ELE Upper-Division Liberal Arts Electives 9
Total Credits 43

Course Number Course Title Credits
Students must complete a specialization in one of the following
CHOREOGRAPHY SPECIALIZATION
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 II: Lighting 3
Select Electives *See Academic Catalog for course selection 9
PERFORMANCE SPECIALIZATION
THA 315 Acting Lab 3
Select Electives *See Academic Catalog for course selection 9
Dance Technique Courses Dance Technique Courses - *See Academic Catalog for course selection 15
Total Credits 54

* Subject to change
** Based on the Dean College Academic Catalog 2018-19