Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance

Program Purpose

The Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Dance program seeks to instill a solid foundation and an excellent educational experience to prepare qualified and aspiring students for careers or advanced studies in Classical Ballet, Classical Chinese Dance or a related field

Program Objectives

  1. Provide students with a solid foundation in the techniques, methods, knowledge, and application of either classical ballet or classical Chinese dance. 

  2. Provide students with opportunities to engage with dance knowledge—including choreography, teaching, and administration—and the ability to appreciate the cultures, values, and arts of different traditions.

  3. Enable students to apply professional skills in future careers related to dance, along with a sense of teamwork, professional attitudes, and ethical judgment.

Program Learning Outcomes

After completing the program, students will be able to:

PLO 1: demonstrate the correct execution of dance movements in Classical Ballet and/or Classical Chinese Dance.

PLO 2: rehearse and perform expressively in front of a live audience.

PLO 3: use choreographic tools to create original dance works.

PLO 4: explain and contextualize key concepts from dance-based pedagogy, kinesiology, arts administration, and dance history/cultural studies through discussions, essays, exams, and presentations.

PLO 5: exhibit a professional work ethic and practically apply knowledge from dance academic courses by completing projects and/or professional internships.

Program Concentrations

The program offers two concentrations: Classical Ballet and Classical Chinese Dance.

Classical Ballet: This concentration offers courses in fundamental ballet training, pointe, partnering, repertoire, plus related academic studies. This concentration is designed to prepare students for immediate employment as dancers, choreographers, directors, and dance educators, and/or arts management. Some students may choose to go on to graduate studies.

Classical Chinese Dance: This concentration offers courses in fundamental classical Chinese dance training, tumbling, Chinese ethnic and folk dances, repertoire, plus related academic studies. This concentration is designed to prepare students for immediate employment as dancers, choreographers, directors, and dance educators, and/or arts management. Some students may choose to go on to graduate studies.

Curriculum Overview

The curriculum for the BFA in Dance is a 125-semester credit program with three major components: core liberal arts and sciences courses, major requirements, and free electives.

Curriculum Structure for BFA in Dance

AreaCreditsQualifying LAS Credits
Major Requirements817-8
 Dance Fundamental Skills and Training140
 Dance History, Education & Administration154
 Concentration courses, one of48 
  Classical Ballet48 
     Skills 340
     Repertoire60
     Choreography40
     Music44
  Classical Chinese Dance48 
     Skills360
     Repertoire50
     Choreography40
     Music33
 Professionalism and Research4 
General Education Core 3835
 Humanities 99
 Arts & Aesthetics5*  
 Values and Ethics 33
 Writing and Rhetoric 99
 Quantitative Reasoning 33
 Natural Science2*22
 Social Sciences 33
 Foreign Language 66
 Health and Wellness 30-3
Electives60-6
Total Required Credits for Graduation 125>=42

* Satisfied through major

 

Graduation Requirement

Students must complete all the required credits in the Major Requirements, General Education Core and Free Electives with a minimum GPA of 2.0 in order to graduate. Students must also complete at least 41 courses designated as “LAS” or Liberal Arts and Science in accordance with New York State regulations.

Course List

  • Major Requirements (81 credits)

During the first year, all students follow the basic curriculum by taking the core dance courses in both Chinese Classical Dance and Classical Ballet. In the second year, students should declare their concentration; and next three-year sequence is specially designed for each “concentration”. Training in both concentrations equips students with technical and performance skills, artistry development, and the cultivation of a profound understanding of Classical Ballet or Classical Chinese, the two most comprehensive dance systems in the world. The program also prepares students for a wide range of career options including advanced studies in related professional fields.

Major Required Courses for BFA in Dance

Code

Course Title

Cr

LAS

Prerequisite(s)

Dance Fundamental Skills and Training (14 cr)

   

DAN101R

Fundamentals of Classical Chinese Dance I

6

N

None

DAB101R

Fundamentals of Classical Ballet I

6

N

None

DAN121R

Introduction to Repertoire of Dance

2

N

 

Dance History, Education, and Administration (15 cr) 

   

DAN232

Dance Anatomy

2

 Y

None

DAN242

History of Dance: East and West

2

 Y

None

DAN311A

Dance Pedagogy I

2

 N

None

DAN311B

Dance Pedagogy II

3

 N

DAN311A

BUS121

Fundamentals of Arts Management

3

 N

None

 

Choose one course from the sequence below:

   

MKT201

Principles of Marketing

3

 N

None

BUS221

Marketing for Creative Industry

3

 N

None

Dance Professionalism and Research (4 cr) 

   

 

Select one of the following

   

DAN451

Senior Project

4

 N

None

DAN455

Senior Internship

4

 N

None

Concentration – Classical Ballet (48 cr) 

   

 

Skills and Techniques

34

  

DAB201R

Fundamentals of Classical Ballet II

6

N

DAB101R

DAB301R

Fundamentals of Classical Ballet III

8

N

DAB201R

DAB401R

Fundamentals of Classical Ballet IV

8

N

DAB301R

DAB102R

Ballet – Pointe & Partnering I

2

N

None

DAB202R

Ballet – Pointe & Partnering II

4

N

DAB102R

DAB302R

Ballet – Pointe & Partnering III

6

N

DAB202R

 

Repertory

6

  

DAB221R

Repertory and Rehearsal I: Ballet

3

N

DAN121R

DAB321R

Repertory and Rehearsal II: Ballet

3

N

DAB221R

 

Choreography

4

  

DAB312A

Choreography I: Classical Ballet

2

N

 

DAB312B

Choreography II: Classical Ballet

2

N

DAB312A

 

Music

4

  

MUS240A

History of Western Music A

2

Y

None

MUS240B

History of Western Music B

2

Y

MUS240A

Classical Chinese Dance (48 cr) 

   

 

Skills and Techniques

36

  

DAN201R

Fundamentals of Classical Chinese Dance II

6

N

DAN101R

DAN301R

Fundamentals of Classical Chinese Dance III

8

N

DAN201R

DAN401R

Fundamentals of Classical Chinese Dance IV

8

N

DAN301R

DAN103R

Special Techniques in Chinese Dance I

2

N

None

DAN203R

Special Techniques in Chinese Dance II

2

N

DAN103R

DAN104R

Chinese Folk and Ethnic Dances I

2

N

None

DAN204R

Chinese Folk and Ethnic Dances II

2

N

DAN104R

DAN102R

Shen Yun I

3

N

None

DAN202R

Shen Yun II

3

N

DAN102R

 

Repertory

5

  

DAN221R

Repertory and Rehearsal I: Classical Chinese Dance

2

N

DAN121R

DAN321R

Repertory and Rehearsal II: Classical Chinese Dance

3

N

DAN221R

 

Choreography

4

  

DAN312A

Choreography I: Classical Chinese Dance

2

N

None

DAN312B

Choreography II: Classical Chinese Dance

2

N

DAN312A

 

Music

3

  

MUS243

History of Chinese Music

3

Y

None

Total Major Requirements

81

 

 

  • General Education Core (38 credits)

The College requires that all undergraduate students, regardless of major, achieve certain essential knowledge by taking courses in the following areas. Students of the BFA in Dance program will take courses in Arts & Aesthetics as part of their required major courses. They will also take 2 credit that count towards the Natural Sciences distribution. Therefore, 38 general education credits from LAS will be required. This meets the general education requirements of a BFA degree

  • Free Electives (6 credits)

Students are free to choose 6 credits from the following dance elective courses or any college level courses offered by the College.

Dance Electives

Code

Course Title

Cr

LAS

Prerequisite(s)

BUS331

Arts and Entertainment Law

3

 N

None

DAN131

Performing and Acting

2

 N

None

DAN304R

Chinese Folk and Ethnic Dances III

3

 N

DAN204R

BUS225

Finance for Arts

3

 N

None

DAN412A

Advanced Choreography

3

 N

DAB312B or  DAN312B

DAN421R

Repertory and Rehearsal III: Classical Chinese Dance

4

 N

DAN321R

DAN302R

Shen Yun III

3

 N

DAN202R

DAN411

Dance in Education

1

Y

DAN311

DAN413

Principles of Guidance and Pedagogy

2

 N

None

DAB421R

Repertory and Rehearsal III: Ballet

3

 N

DAB321R

DAB402R

Ballet – Pointe & Partnering IV

4

 N

DAB302R

DAN141

Introduction to Performing

2

Y

None

DAN132

Modern Dance

2

 N

Instructor approval

Minor

The Department of Dance also offers a minor (minimum 20 credits) for students pursuing majors in other departments.

Dance Minor Curriculum

Code

Course Title

Cr

LAS

Prerequisite(s)

Dance Fundamentals (12 cr), select from the following:

DAB101R

Fundamentals of Classical Ballet I

6

 N

None

DAB201R

Fundamentals of Classical Ballet II

6

 N

DAB101R

DAN101R

Fundamentals of Classical Chinese Dance I

6

 N

None

DAN201R

Fundamentals of Classical Chinese Dance II

6

 N

DAB101R

Dance Electives (8 cr), select from the following:

DAN121R

Introduction to Repertoire of Dance

2

 N

None

DAN242G

History of Dance: East and West

2

Y

None

DAN104R

Chinese Folk and Ethnic Dances I

2

N

None

DAN102R

Shen Yun I

3

N

None

DAB221R

Repertory and Rehearsal I: Ballet

3

N

DAN121R

DAN221R

Repertory and Rehearsal I: Classical Chinese Dance

2

N

DAN121R

DAN132

Modern Dance

2

 N

Instructor approval

DAB312A

Choreography I: Classical Ballet

2

N

 

DAN312A

Choreography I: Classical Chinese Dance

2

N

None

DAN311A

Dance Pedagogy I

2

 N

None

LAS102

Introduction to Performing

2

N

None

*Repeatable courses [R] receive only half of the listed credits per semester, but students must complete 2 semesters to receive the full credit.                         

Sample BFA graduation plans for each concentration are available at the Office of Academic Services. Students are encouraged to meet with their academic advisors for individualized graduation planning.