Dance, BFA

for the degree of Bachelor of Fine Arts Major in Dance

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The BFA curriculum in dance is an intensive program of study for the dedicated student, offering coursework in the areas of technique, composition, and performance. The curriculum also includes requirements in production, improvisation, music theory and literature for dance, teaching, history, movement sciences, and repertory. Electives may be taken in additional ballet and modern classes, tap, jazz, improvisation, contact improvisation, global dance forms, yoga, Alexander Technique, partnering and Laban movement analysis, Labanotation, screendance, choreographer-composer workshop, dance technology, and independent study.

Program requirements include core daily technique classes consisting of three modern and two ballet classes per week each semester in residence, plus elective technique classes for a minimum of one additional credit hour per semester. A minimum of two courses in additional dance forms (jazz, tap, world dance, etc.) is required. Majors must achieve the advanced technical level in modern and the intermediate level in ballet for a minimum of two semesters prior to graduation. The improvisation/composition sequence consists of a minimum of 11 hours of studio courses culminating in the performance of a senior choreographic project. A minimum of 6 hours of credit is required in performance/repertory courses. The curriculum includes as much as 20 hours of credit in professional electives, which may be taken in professional dance courses and/or related arts and sciences.

Evaluation of majors is an ongoing process. Continued enrollment in the program is contingent upon satisfactory performance. A student is expected to maintain a minimum 2.75 grade point average in all professional course work and a 3.0 cumulative average in studio classes in order to remain in good standing in the department.

It is possible for transfer students to complete degree requirements in a three-year period contingent upon prior completion of general education requirements and the fulfillment of the advanced technique requirement for two semesters prior to graduation.

A total of 130 hours is required for this degree.

for the degree of Bachelor of Fine Arts Major in Dance

Minimum hours for graduation: 130 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 Courses
FAA 101Arts at Illinois1
DANC 150Orientation to Dance2
Technique/Physical Practice32
Four credit hours per semester, to include core technique classes each semester in residence, consisting of three modern and two ballet classes per week (3 hours of credit), plus elective technique courses for a minimum of one additional credit hour per semester.
DANC 160Beg Contemp Modern Tech Core1 to 3
DANC 166Beginning Ballet Tech Core1 or 2
DANC 167Beginning Ballet Tech Elect1 or 2
DANC 210Int Jazz Technique1
DANC 211Int Hip Hop Technique1
DANC 215Int Tap Dance Technique1
DANC 260Int Contemp Modern Tech Core1 to 3
DANC 261Int Contemp Modern Tech Elect1 to 3
DANC 256Choreographic Laboratory Intermediate1 to 2
DANC 266Intermediate Ballet Tech Core1 or 2
DANC 267Intermediate Ballet Tech Elect1 or 2
DANC 360Int/Adv Contemp Mod Tech Core1 to 3
DANC 361Int/Adv Contemp Mod Tech Elect1 to 3
DANC 366Int/Adv Ballet Tech Core1 or 2
DANC 367Int/Adv Ballet Tech Elect1 or 2
DANC 411Adv Hip Hop Technique1
DANC 456Choreographic Laboratory Advanced1 to 2
DANC 459Contact Improv Act/Mus/Dan II1 or 2
DANC 460Adv Contemp Modern Tech Core1 to 3
DANC 461Adv Contemp Modern Tech Elect1 to 3
DANC 466Advanced Ballet Tech Core1 to 3
DANC 467Advanced Ballet Tech Elect1 to 3
A minimum of two courses (two credit hours) from the following list:
Int Jazz Technique
Int Hip Hop Technique
Musical Theater Dance
Int Tap Dance Technique
Dancing Techniques/Dance Majors:
Advanced Jazz Technique
Adv Hip Hop Technique
Creative Process/Performance and Production17-20
Choose 1 of the following Improvisation courses:
DANC 259Contact Improvisation for Actors, Musicians and Dancers1
Creative Process:
DANC 262Choreographic Process I2
Choose a minimum of 3 courses from the following Advanced Creative Process courses. Courses listed below are repeatable:
Choreographic Process II
Advanced Improvisation
Composer-Chor Workshop
Choose 6 hours from the following Performance courses: 1
Perf Pract Student Works I
Performance in Grad Thesis I
Perf Pract November I
Perf Pract February I
Repertory Company
Perf Pract Student Works II
Performance in Grad Thesis II
Perf Pract November II
Perf Pract February II
Collaborative Performance
DANC 375Production in Dance1
Choose 4 hours from the following Production courses:
Production Practicum I
Production Practicum II
Dance Documentation
Production Practicum III
Production Practicum IV
Dance Academics20
Dance history/theory
DANC 240Dance History3
Select one of the following:
Anth of Dance/Movement
Dancing Black Popular Culture
Dance History Seminar
Six hours of Music for Dance courses:
DANC 268Music Theory for Dancers3
Select one of the following (all meet a general education requirement):
Music Then and Now
Popular Music Studies
Introduction to World Music
Four hours of Dance Sciences courses:
DANC 245Introduction to Somatics1
DANC 345Dance Anatomy and Kinesiology3
Choose 3 hours from the following Dance Education courses:
Creative Dance for Children
Teaching Workshop
Current issues and topics
DANC 495Senior Career Seminar1
Senior Capstone Project4
DANC 498Senior Thesis Production1 or 2
DANC 499Senior Thesis Project1 to 2
Professional Electives 26-9
Focused Electives, chosen in consultation with an advisor. Additional courses in dance such as technique, choreography, performance, "non-categorized" courses in dance, coursework in Music, Theater, or Art.
Electives as needed to reach a minimum of 130 hours130