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Dance (BFA)


The BFA 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.

What You'll Do

  • Train with experienced faculty in the areas of ballet, pointe, jazz, modern and tap.
  • Prepare for rewarding careers as a dance professional capable of performing in a variety of dance styles.
  • Study and train in the beautiful River Campus, a multimillion dollar facility devoted to the visual and performing arts.
  • Benefit from an established program of collaboration with exceptional professional guest dancers and choreographers.
  • Establish relationships with professional dancers, choreographers, and dance companies through master classes, residencies, internships, intensives, and dance festivals.

What You'll Study

  • Ballet, Modern and Jazz Dance Techniques
  • Dance Improvisation and Composition
  • Dance History and Cultural Dance Forms
  • Dance Kinesiology
  • Dance Repertory and Production

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Internships & Career Opportunities

  • Jacob's Pillow
  • Hedwig Dances
  • Royal Caribbean Cruises
  • American Dance Festival
  • Broadway Dance Center
  • Chicago Dance Crash
  • Big Muddy Dance Company
  • Common Thread Dance Company
  • Giordano Dance Chicago
  • Burklyn Ballet Theatre


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