BFA Dance

The Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance is a professional training program designed to offer students the opportunity to learn and hone their technical and artistic skills in dance. The degree focuses on the areas of training, production and professional development incorporating academic courses, co-curricular and extra-curricular activities to enhance learning. Upon graduation, BFA Dance majors are expected to have acquired the skills necessary for entrance into the professional dance market. To achieve that goal, the program is designed to continually challenge the abilities of the student and to regularly assess student progress. The B.F.A in Dance also prepares students interested in continuing studies to the M.F.A. level.



Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance Students will:

  • Demonstrate mature work ethics and healthy lifestyle habits consistent with professionals in the field of dance
  • Achieve a high level of competency and skill in technique and performance of ballet, modern and jazz dance techniques
  • Demonstrate familiarity with in the many facets of dance production and other professionally oriented work in dance
  • Demonstrate proficiency in choreographic principles, concepts and development of a personal aesthetic
  • Exhibit fundamental knowledge of the body and of kinesiology as applicable to work in dance
  • Show basic knowledge and skills in dance pedagogy
  • Identify dance in historical, cultural and stylistic contexts
  • Demonstrate the ability to critically analyze and evaluate dance and
  • Display the ability to creatively solve problems

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance Degree

Four-Year Course Rotation
Note:This is a template and should be used as a guide only. All students will be advised each semester to ensure that they are enrolling in the appropriate courses and properly progressing through the curriculum.

Fall Semester (17 Hours)

  • DA105 Rehearsal & Production (1)
  • Dance Technique (2 courses) (4)
  • EN100 English Composition (3)
  • Behavioral Systems (3)
  • UI100 1st Year Seminar (CL001 and CL002) (3)

Spring Semester (17 Hours)

  • DA105 Rehearsal & Production (1)
  • Dance Technique (2 courses) (4)
  • Artistic Expression (3)
  • Literary Expression (3)
  • Logical Systems (3)
  • DA280 Movement Analysis OR DA290 Dance in World Cultures (3)

Fall Semester (17 Hours)

  • DA305 Rehearsal & Production (1)
  • DA380 Choreography I (3)
  • Dance Technique (2 courses) (4)
  • Oral Expression (3)
  • Written Expression (3)
  • Political Systems (3)

Spring Semester (14 Hours)

  • DA305 Rehearsal & Production (1)
  • DA485 Choreography II (3)
  • Dance Technique (2 courses) (4)
  • DA280 Movement Analysis OR DA290 Dance in World Cultures (3)
  • Living Systems (3)

Fall Semester (16/17 Hours)

  • DA305 Rehearsal & Production (1)
  • DA430 Principles of Teaching Dance OR DA490 Dance History (3)
  • CL003 Career Linkages III (0)
  • DA 495 Choreography III OR DA/TH Additional Requirement (2/3)
  • Dance Technique (2 courses) (4)
  • Physical Systems (3)
  • Development of a Major Civilization (3)

Spring Semester (17 Hours)

  • DA305 Rehearsal & Production (1)
  • DA310 Dance Musicianship OR DA396 Movement Analysis II (3)
  • DA391 Topics in Dance (3)
  • Dance Technique (2 courses) (4)
  • Economic Systems (3)
  • UI 3xx University Studies Interdisciplinary (3)

Summer: DA499 Internship (2)

Fall Semester (16 Hours)

  • DA305 Rehearsal & Production (1)
  • DA430 Principles of Teaching Dance OR DA490 Dance History (3)
  • DA 495 Choreography III OR DA/TH Additional Requirement (2/3)
  • DA498 BFA Project (2)
  • Dance Technique (2 courses) (4)
  • UI 3xx University Studies Interdisciplinary (3)

Spring Semester (17 Hours)

  • DA305 Rehearsal & Production (1)
  • DA310 Dance Musicianship OR DA396 Movement Analysis II (3)
  • DA391 Topics in Dance (3)
  • Dance Technique (2 courses) (4)
  • UI 4xx Senior Seminar (3)
  • Social Systems (3)
  • CL004 Career Linkages IV (0)

Program Admittance

For formal admittance into the BFA in Dance degree program, each student must audition during an arranged BFA audition which are scheduled several times throughout the year. All Dance Applicants must:

  1. participate in the dance master classes at one of the audition dates;
  2. present a prepared one-minute solo in any dance style. (Please remember to bring your own music CD or MP3 device)
  3. demonstrate potential to succeed professionally within the discipline of dance through the audition process which is approved by the faculty using an evaluation rubric.

For continuance in the BFA in Dance degree program, each BFA candidate must:

  1. earn a 'C' or better in all Dance courses.
  2. earn a 'B' or better in all DA 105/305 Rehearsal and Production classes.
  3. maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA within the Dance major and a minimum overall 2.50 GPA.
  4. demonstrate excellence in the area of professional development by regular and sustained participation in the dance discipline, while continuing to pursue outside professional employment, internships, summer intensives, master classes, etc.
  5. successfully complete an annual jury which includes:
    1. participation in a BFA Review Assessment Masterclass
    2. an oral review with the faculty including a presentation of appropriate printed or electronic materials (i.e., headshot, body shots, and resume)

Dismissal from the BFA in Dance degree program:

Any BFA candidate who does not meet the requirements for continuance in the BFA degree program will be placed on probation for one calendar year. If in that time, the candidate does not improve his or her grades to meet minimum BFA requirements or meet the requisite technical and/or artistic standards, the student will be dismissed from the BFA program. (NOTE: BFA Candidates will be allowed probation no more than one time.)

Contact

(573) 986-7492
hpeterson@semo.edu
River Campus Seminary, Room 463

Conservatory of Theatre and Dance
One University Plaza, MS7850
Cape Girardeau, Missouri 63701