B.F.A. in Dance Performance
The Division of Dance offers professional dance training within the context of a comprehensive liberal arts education. The goal is to develop the disciplined, versatile dance artist through a balanced study of ballet, modern dance and jazz dance techniques, complemented and reinforced by a broad range of theoretical studies and performance opportunities. The program provides an atmosphere in which students are nurtured and stimulated in their quest for artistic achievement, technical mastery and scholarly excellence. Undergraduate majors study dance as a performing art with the intent to become practicing artists. The core of the dance curriculum is designed with this goal in mind. The combination of performance and liberal arts education courses serves to develop the articulate dancer.
All dance majors have opportunities to perform and choreograph as an integral part of their performance studies. The Dance Performance Series includes main stage concerts in the Bob Hope Theatre, concerts in the Sharp Studio and noontime Brown Bag performances in the Owen Arts Center lobby. Other opportunities include special events, outreach programs and interdisciplinary projects within and beyond the Meadows community. Dance majors are required to participate in Dance Performance Series events as partial fulfillment of the degree program.
The Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in dance performance is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Dance. Successful completion of this program will enhance the student’s personal growth as well as technical development in ballet, modern dance and jazz dance. The degree requires 73 credit hours in dance, of which a minimum of 38 are in studio training. The remaining 35 credit hours provide students with the opportunity to develop scholarly and creative abilities in dance and related areas of interest.
Students whose hours in the General Education Curriculum, the major requirements and the major’s supporting course requirements exceed a total of 122 will be exempt from three hours of Perspectives and an additional three hours of either Perspectives or Cultural Formations.
*GEC students are required to complete a minimum of 123 term credit hours and are exempt from 3 hours of Perspectives and an additional 3 hours of either Perspectives or Cultural Formations courses.
* Dance performance majors are required to take DANC2160, which satisfies both a major requirement and the Wellness II requirement of the General Education Curriculum. Only one hour, however, is awarded for the course.
The faculty expects dance majors to apply themselves scholastically and to assume responsibilities conscientiously. Students are required to maintain a minimum GPA of 2.7 in dance courses to continue in the dance major. Grades lower than C are not acceptable in any required dance course and will necessitate a repeat enrollment. If requirements are not met, the student is placed on academic probation. To be eligible for scholarship, students are required to maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.7 in dance courses and be enrolled in a minimum of six credit hours in dance. Full participation in the program and in division performances is expected of every student who receives a merit scholarship award. Performance studies and production activities take precedence over dance work outside of the division.
High standards of discipline and execution are essential for artistic growth, progress and success. Regular class attendance, attendance at auditions, classroom and theatre etiquette, punctuality and attendance at student meetings are essential. Students meet with individual faculty at midterm for a progress report and to establish individual goals. At the close of each term, each student receives a performance evaluation by the collective faculty. Various aspects of a student’s work are examined, including technical progress, capacity for and commitment to class work, personal growth and maturity, attitude, academic performance, production support, program participation, performance artistry, and weight control. When standards are not met, a student is advised that significant improvement must take place to remain in the program. Poor critiques may result in immediate dismissal from the dance major program, and/or loss of dance scholarship funding. All dance scholarships are reviewed annually. Further details on standards and requirements for the dance major are included in the Division of Dance Student Handbook.