Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance

The Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance emphasizes modern dance technique, performance, choreography, and dance theory. The Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance at Temple is focused on building well-rounded, versatile artists who are not only technically proficient, but have a broad range and a deep understanding of their work. The B.F.A. program focuses on modern dance technique and choreography, but with a broad curriculum that includes requirements in ballet, which follows the AMERICAN BALLET THEATRE® National Training Curriculum, African dance and other technique electives. Other course requirements include composition, repertory, creative process, improvisation, and dance science, in addition to courses that explore cultural, historical and analytical approaches to the study of dance.

Full accredited Member of the National Association of Schools of Dance (NASD).  

The degree program in dance aims to:

  • Guide students toward a balance of cognitive, analytic, intuitive, and creative skills.
  • Aid students in development of their creative potential through technique, choreography, performance, research, and other creative media.
  • Educate students about the various forms and purposes of dance within their historical, social, and cultural contexts.
  • Provide intensive training in a range of dance techniques and styles as represented by the faculty and selected guest artists.
  • Prepare students for professional careers as performing artists, choreographers, teachers, scholars, and informed and responsible leaders in academic and other professional settings.

Summary of Requirements

The Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Dance is conferred upon a student by recommendation of the faculty and upon the satisfactory completion of a minimum of 123 semester hours of credit and completion of the required Dance and university requirements.

University Requirements

  • All students are required to complete the university's General Education (GenEd) curriculum.
  • All students must take a minimum of two writing-intensive courses. The specific writing-intensive courses required for the major are identified with the code "WI".

Program Requirements

Foundation
DANC 1801First Year Seminar in Dance1
DANC 1811Movement Improvisation I2
DANC 1813Dance Repertory I2
DANC 1815Modern Dance Technique I A (two semesters)2/2
DANC 1817Modern Dance Technique I B (two semesters)2/2
DANC 1819Dance Production1
DANC 1831Ballet I A2
DANC 1832Ballet I B2
DANC 1841Music for Dancers2
DANC 1852Ways of Knowing Dance2
Advanced Courses
DANC 2813Dance Composition I2
DANC 2814Dance Composition II2
DANC 2815Modern Dance Technique II A (two semesters)2/2
DANC 2817Modern Dance Technique II B (two semesters)2/2
DANC 2831Ballet II A2
DANC 2832Ballet II B2
DANC 2853African Dance I2
DANC 2872Foundations of Dance Education3
Select one of the following:2
Field Experience in Dance
Dance Elective
DANC 3812Creative Process in Dance3
DANC 3813Dance Repertory II3
or DANC 4811 African Dance Repertory
DANC 3817Modern Dance Technique III A (two semesters)2/2
DANC 3818Modern Dance Technique III B (two semesters)2/2
DANC 3851Lighting Design for Dance3
Select one of the following:3
Dance and the Child
Dance Repertory III (by audition only)
Alternate Dance Elective
DANC 3896Dancing Cultures (WI)3
DANC 3897Making Meaning in Dance (WI)3
DANC 4815Modern Dance Technique IV A (two semesters)2/2
DANC 4817Modern Dance Technique IV B (two semesters)2/2
DANC 4861Dance Science and Somatics3
DANC 4884Senior Choreographic Project3
DANC 4896Senior Seminar (WI)3
or DANC 4864 Dance Education Project
DANC 4897Creating Dance Histories (WI)3

Suggested Academic Plan

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance

Requirements for New Students starting in the 2016-2017 Academic Year

Year 1
FallCredit Hours
DANC 1801First Year Seminar in Dance1
DANC 1841Music for Dancers2
DANC 1811Movement Improvisation I2
Select one of the following courses:11-2
Dance Repertory I 
Dance Production 
DANC 1815Modern Dance Technique I A2
DANC 1817Modern Dance Technique I B2
DANC 1831Ballet I A2
ENG 0802, 0812, or 0902Analytical Reading and Writing [GW]4
 Term Credit Hours16
Spring
Select one of the following courses:11-2
Dance Repertory I 
Dance Production 
DANC 1815Modern Dance Technique I A2
DANC 1817Modern Dance Technique I B2
DANC 1832Ballet I B2
DANC 1852Ways of Knowing Dance2
GenEd Quantitative Literacy Course [GQ]4
IH 0851 or 0951Mosaic: Humanities Seminar I [GY]3
 Term Credit Hours17
Year 2
Fall
DANC 2813Dance Composition I2
DANC 2815Modern Dance Technique II A2
DANC 2817Modern Dance Technique II B2
DANC 2831Ballet II A2
Select one of the following courses:23
Lighting Design for Dance 
African Dance Repertory 
Dance Repertory II 
DANC 2853African Dance I2
IH 0852 or 0952Mosaic: Humanities Seminar II [GZ]3
 Term Credit Hours16
Spring
DANC 2814Dance Composition II2
Select one of the following courses:23
Lighting Design for Dance 
Dance Repertory II 
African Dance Repertory 
DANC 2815Modern Dance Technique II A2
DANC 2817Modern Dance Technique II B2
DANC 2832Ballet II B2
DANC 2872Foundations of Dance Education13
GenEd Breadth Course3
 Term Credit Hours17
Year 3
Fall
DANC 3896Dancing Cultures [WI]3
DANC 3817Modern Dance Technique III A2
DANC 3818Modern Dance Technique III B2
DANC 4861Dance Science and Somatics3
GenEd Breadth Course3
 Term Credit Hours13
Spring
DANC 3812Creative Process in Dance3
DANC 4897Creating Dance Histories [WI]3
DANC 3817Modern Dance Technique III A2
DANC 3818Modern Dance Technique III B2
Select one of the following courses:3
Dance Repertory III (By audition only) 
Dance and the Child 
Alternate Dance Elective
 
DANC 3897Making Meaning in Dance [WI]3
 Term Credit Hours16
Year 4
Fall
DANC 4884Senior Choreographic Project3
DANC 4815Modern Dance Technique IV A2
DANC 4817Modern Dance Technique IV B (or Technique Elective)2
Select one of the following courses:2
Field Experience in Dance 
Dance Elective
 
GenEd Breadth Course3
GenEd Breadth Course3
 Term Credit Hours15
Spring
Select one of the following courses:3
Senior Seminar [WI] 
Dance Education Project 
DANC 4815Modern Dance Technique IV A2
DANC 4817Modern Dance Technique IV B2
GenEd Breadth Course3
GenEd Breadth Course3
 Term Credit Hours13
 Total Credit Hours: 123