May 07, 2021  
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog

Dance (B.F.A.)


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Maurice Fraga, Associate Professor of Dance
Shingleton 26, (540) 665-4565, [email protected]

The Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance curriculum is designed to prepare both the student seeking a career in dance as a performing artist as well as the student seeking a career as a teacher/choreographer in a private studio setting.

Program Outcomes

Students completing the Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance will be able to:

  • demonstrate an advanced level of technical skill and artistry in a variety of styles and performance settings;
  • improvise and compose dance in a variety of forms, employing a variety of methods and technologies;
  • demonstrate knowledge of dance history, aesthetics, pedagogy, production and science; and
  • demonstrate professional entrepreneurship and advocacy skills in preparation for their dance career.

Course and Credit Requirements


1st Year – Fall


Total: 15.5 credits


1st Year – Spring


Music Literature Elective (Creative Expression Sphere)


Select one course from:

Total: 15.5 credits


2nd Year – Fall


Total: 16.5 credits


2nd Year – Spring


Total: 15.5 credits


3rd Year – Fall


Total: 15 credits


3rd Year – Spring


Total: 15 credits


4th Year – Fall


Total: 15 credits


4th Year – Spring


Total: 12 credits


Degree Total: 120 credits


*Minimum grade of “C” required.

(ALT) Offered on alternating schedule; consult with advisor.

Majors must be enrolled in dance technique courses each semester in order to participate in dance ensemble performances. Students are placed at the appropriate technical level in each discipline, and evaluated each semester for advancement to the next level.

Majors must be dancing at the advanced technical level in modern (DA 311 /DA 312 ) and at least the intermediate technical level in ballet (DA 221 /DA 222 ) during both semesters of the senior year.

All 100-level technique classes are repeatable to four credits.

All 200-level technique classes are repeatable to six credits.

All 300-level technique classes are repeatable to eight credits.

Participation in DA 386 Dance Ensemble  or one of the Dance production courses (DA 153  or DA 353 ) is required every semester of full-time enrollment. BFA Dance Majors are required to participate in all main stage productions of the Dance Division as either cast or crew.

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