The Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Dance

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The Department of Dance at The College at Brockport comprises artists, scholars, and educators who train dancers on the graduate and undergraduate level for a wide variety of careers in the arts as choreographers, performers, teachers, scholars, and leaders in the dance field. The students in the department’s highly selective degree programs excel not only in the studio and on stage, but also as critical thinkers, writers and teachers.

The department has some of the best dance facilities in the country, including its own fully equipped proscenium dance theater, a large-space studio theater, five studios, a body-conditioning lab, health pool, costume and scene shops, and computerized music and design studios. Faculty and professional staff are nationally and internationally recognized in their areas of expertise and are leaders in professional organizations such as CORD, NASD and NDEO.

Undergraduates with a strong foundation of dance training are invited to participate in the program by auditioning to enroll as dance majors or minors in the BA or BS programs, and are eligible to apply to the BFA program in the second semester. Additionally, the department offers three graduate degrees and serves a large number of students through courses that fulfill General Education requirements.

Admission to the Program

All students wishing to major in dance must pass a department audition. Three auditions are scheduled each year.

Entering freshmen must complete at least one semester of BA/BS study before applying for the BFA. Transfer students can be reviewed for acceptance into the BFA program during the departmental entrance audition.

Note to transfer students: Transfer credits in dance are usually accepted as dance electives. A maximum of 42 credits may be transferred into the BFA. Transfer students may need 3-4 years to complete the BFA.

Program Requirements

The BFA in dance major requires 85 credits in dance and emphasizes professional preparation for careers as performers and choreographers. It is a rigorous program that requires a high level of proficiency and commitment.

Students in the BFA in dance program must meet the requirements of the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. Note: To ensure breadth of experience, required dance courses can only be used to satisfy one Fine Arts Knowledge Area course requirement in General Education.

Each BFA candidate is assigned an advisor who will guide them through course selection each semester. Careful planning of course sequences and consultation with this advisor is essential.

Grades of "C" or higher are required in all 85 required dance credits.

Dance Technique (29 credits)

  • DNS204 Dance Conditioning Lab
  • DNS205 Modern Dance Technique I

Choreography and Performance (23 credits)

  • DNS364 Dance Improvisation
  • DNS306 Beginning Dance Composition
  • DNS406 Contact Improvisation
  • DNS430 Intermediate Dance Composition
  • DNS424 Dance Repertory and Literature I
  • DNS425 Dance Repertory and Literature II
  • DNS431 Advanced Composition

Music for Dance (3 credits)

  • MUS300 Music for Dance

History and Movement Theory (15 credits)

  • DNS206 20th-century Dance: Issues and Styles
  • DNS316 History and Development of Dance
  • DNS375 Introduction to Laban Movement Analysis
  • DNS305 Kinesiology 1

Dance Production (3 credits)

  • DNS207 Dance Production
  • DNS208 Dance Production Practicum

Seminar (3 credits)

  • DNS495 Senior Seminar in Dance

Electives (9 credits)

  • Any dance courses numbered 300 or higher, excluding courses in dance technique (e.g. modern, ballet, Irish, tap, jazz, African and special topics), by advisement.

Total Number of Credits: 85