Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance

The Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) in Dance emphasizes modern dance technique, performance, choreography, and dance theory. The B.F.A. 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 124 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

General Education courses32
Foundation
DANC 1801First Year Seminar in Dance1
DANC 1811Movement Improvisation I2
DANC 1813Dance Repertory I2
DANC 1819Dance Production1
DANC 1834Contemporary Dance Practices: Introduction to African Diasporic Dance Traditions2
DANC 1835Contemporary Dance Practices: Foundational Principles of Early Modern Dance I2
DANC 1836Contemporary Dance Practices: Introduction to Classical Ballet2
DANC 1837Contemporary Dance Practices: Neo-Traditional West African Dance I2
DANC 1838Contemporary Dance Practices: Foundational Principles of Early Modern Dance II2
DANC 1839Contemporary Dance Practices: Classical Ballet Enchainments2
DANC 1841Music for Dancers2
DANC 1852Ways of Knowing Dance2
Advanced Courses
DANC 2813Dance Composition I2
DANC 2814Dance Composition II2
DANC 2833Contemporary Dance Practices: Global Ballet Styles and Conventions2
DANC 2834Contemporary Dance Practices: Neo-Traditional West African Dance II2
DANC 2835Contemporary Dance Practices: Post-Judson Dance Practices I2
DANC 2837Contemporary Dance Practices: Umfundalai Technique I2
DANC 2838Contemporary Dance Practices: Post-Judson Dance Practices II2
DANC 2839Contemporary Dance Practices: Contemporary Approaches to Ballet2
DANC 2872Foundations of Dance Education3
Select one of the following:3
Dance Elective
Field Experience in Dance
DANC 3812Creative Process in Dance3
DANC 3813Dance Repertory II3
DANC 3834Contemporary Dance Practices: Umfundalai Technique II2
DANC 3835Contemporary Dance Practices: Somatic Explorations within Post-Judson Dance Practices I2
DANC 3837Contemporary Dance Practices: Hip Hop I2
DANC 3838Contemporary Dance Practices: Somatic Explorations within Post-Judson Dance Practices II2
DANC 3851Lighting Design for Dance3
DANC 3896Dancing Cultures (WI)3
DANC 3897Making Meaning in Dance (WI)3
DANC 4834Contemporary Dance Practices: Hip Hop II2
DANC 4835Contemporary Dance Practices: Contemporary Matters in 21st Century Hybrid Dance Forms I2
DANC 4837Contemporary Dance Practices: Contemporary Matters in African Diasporic Dance2
DANC 4838Contemporary Dance Practices: Contemporary Matters in 21st Century Hybrid Dance Forms II2
DANC 4861Dance Science and Somatics3
DANC 4871Movement Improvisation II2
DANC 4884Senior Choreographic Project3
DANC 4897Creating Dance Histories (WI)3
Select one of the following:3
Senior Seminar (WI)
Dance Education Project
Select one of the following:3
Dance Repertory III
Dance and the Child
Total Credit Hours124

Suggested Academic Plan

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance

Requirements for New Students starting in the 2018-2019 Academic Year

Year 1
FallCredit Hours
DANC 1801First Year Seminar in Dance1
DANC 1841Music for Dancers2
DANC 1811Movement Improvisation I12
DANC 1819Dance Production21
DANC 1834Contemporary Dance Practices: Introduction to African Diasporic Dance Traditions2
DANC 1835Contemporary Dance Practices: Foundational Principles of Early Modern Dance I2
DANC 1836Contemporary Dance Practices: Introduction to Classical Ballet2
ENG 0802, 0812, or 0902Analytical Reading and Writing [GW]4
 Term Credit Hours16
Spring
DANC 1813Dance Repertory I22
DANC 1837Contemporary Dance Practices: Neo-Traditional West African Dance I2
DANC 1838Contemporary Dance Practices: Foundational Principles of Early Modern Dance II2
DANC 1839Contemporary Dance Practices: Classical Ballet Enchainments2
DANC 1852Ways of Knowing Dance2
GenEd Quantitative Literacy Course [GQ]4
IH 0851 or 0951Intellectual Heritage I: The Good Life [GY]3
 Term Credit Hours17
Year 2
Fall
DANC 2813Dance Composition I12
DANC 2833Contemporary Dance Practices: Global Ballet Styles and Conventions2
DANC 2834Contemporary Dance Practices: Neo-Traditional West African Dance II2
DANC 2835Contemporary Dance Practices: Post-Judson Dance Practices I2
DANC 3851Lighting Design for Dance23
DANC 4861Dance Science and Somatics3
IH 0852 or 0952Intellectual Heritage II: The Common Good [GZ]3
 Term Credit Hours17
Spring
DANC 2814Dance Composition II12
DANC 3813Dance Repertory II3
DANC 2837Contemporary Dance Practices: Umfundalai Technique I2
DANC 2838Contemporary Dance Practices: Post-Judson Dance Practices II2
DANC 2839Contemporary Dance Practices: Contemporary Approaches to Ballet2
DANC 4871Movement Improvisation II2
GenEd Breadth Course3
 Term Credit Hours16
Year 3
Fall
DANC 3896Dancing Cultures [WI]3
DANC 3834Contemporary Dance Practices: Umfundalai Technique II2
DANC 3835Contemporary Dance Practices: Somatic Explorations within Post-Judson Dance Practices I2
DANC 2872Foundations of Dance Education3
GenEd Breadth Course3
 Term Credit Hours13
Spring
DANC 3812Creative Process in Dance13
DANC 4897Creating Dance Histories [WI]3
DANC 3837Contemporary Dance Practices: Hip Hop I2
DANC 3838Contemporary Dance Practices: Somatic Explorations within Post-Judson Dance Practices II2
DANC 3897Making Meaning in Dance [WI]3
Select one of the following courses:3
Dance Repertory III 
Dance and the Child 
 Term Credit Hours16
Year 4
Fall
DANC 4884Senior Choreographic Project3
DANC 4834Contemporary Dance Practices: Hip Hop II2
DANC 4835Contemporary Dance Practices: Contemporary Matters in 21st Century Hybrid Dance Forms I2
Select one of the following courses:3
Dance Elective
 
Field Experience in Dance 
GenEd Breadth Course3
GenEd Breadth Course3
 Term Credit Hours16
Spring
Select one of the following courses:3
Senior Seminar [WI] 
Dance Education Project 
DANC 4837Contemporary Dance Practices: Contemporary Matters in African Diasporic Dance2
DANC 4838Contemporary Dance Practices: Contemporary Matters in 21st Century Hybrid Dance Forms II2
GenEd Breadth Course3
GenEd Breadth Course3
 Term Credit Hours13
 Total Credit Hours: 124