Dance, BA

for the degree of Bachelor of Arts Major in Dance

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The BA curriculum in dance is designed to provide an integrated and individualized approach to undergraduate studies of dance. The degree is designed for students who want to explore interdisciplinary approaches to art-making, and/or simultaneously pursue a minor or major in another discipline. Students will study three core areas in Dance: Technique, Creative Process, and Dance Academics. Students will identify at least one other key area of interest such as Theater, Music, Anthropology, Business, Art & Design, Environment, Film, Gender Studies, Cultural Studies, etc., and will choose a Major, Minor or Focused Electives in this area of study under consultation with an advisor. Under the mentorship of a faculty member, students will create a BA Capstone Project in their senior year as a synthesis of the studies within dance and another area of study.

Students pursuing a Dance degree at the University of Illinois must be admitted to the BFA in Dance (audition required). Once admitted, those desiring a broader education may choose to apply for admittance into the BA in Dance, rather than continuing in the BFA.

for the degree of Bachelor of Arts Major in Dance

Minimum hours required for graduation: 120 hours

General Education Requirements
Composition I4-6
Advanced Composition3-4
Humanities & the Arts6-8
Social & Behavioral Sciences6-8
Cultural Studies: Non-Western Cultures3-4
Cultural Studies: U.S. Minority Cultures3-4
Cultural Studies: Western/Comparative Culture(s)3-4
Natural Sciences & Technology6-10
Quantitative Reasoning6-9
The Language Requirement may be satisfied by:
-Successfully completing a third-semester college-level course in a language other than English;
-Successful completion, in high school, of the third year of a language other than English; or
-Demonstrating proficiency at the third-semester level in a language proficiency examination approved by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and the appropriate department.
Foundation Courses2
FAA 101Arts at Illinois1
DANC 150The Green Room1
Physical Practice18
DANC 160Dancing Techniques I (variable & repeatable)6
DANC 245Mindful Movement1
DANC 260Dancing Techniques II (variable & repeatable)4
or DANC 316 Dancing Techniques Elective
Choose from the following:7
DANC 160
Dancing Techniques I
Lyric Theatre Dance
Musical Theater Dance
DANC 245
Mindful Movement
Choreographic Laboratory I
DANC 260
Dancing Techniques II
Dancing in Community I & II
Dancing Techniques III
Collaborative Performance
Choreographic Laboratory II
Dancing Techniques IV
Physical Practice Study Abroad
Dancing in Community III & IV
Creative Practice6
DANC 259Dance Improvisation I2
DANC 262Choreographic Process I2
DANC 362Choreographic Process II2
DANC 232Repertory Company2
Choose two of the following:
Production Practicum I
Production Practicum II
Production Practicum III
Production Practicum IV
DANC 100Intro to Contemporary Dance3
DANC 162Viewing Dance1
DANC 475Dance Research Methods3
Choose 12 hours from:12
Black Dances of Resistance
Undergraduate Open Seminar
Explore Music through Dance
Dancing Black Popular Culture
Dance Anatomy and Kinesiology
Teaching Dance
Ind Study and Special Topics
Additional study abroad hours, maximum 3, chosen in consultation with advisor.
DANC 375Thesis Think Tank1
DANC 496BA Senior Thesis Research2
DANC 497BA Senior Thesis Symposium2
Focused Electives in Secondary Area of Study15
Open electives as needed to total 120 hours minimum
Total Hours Required for the Bachelor of Arts in Dance120