Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance

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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 1812Movement Improvisation II2
DANC 1813Dance Repertory I2
DANC 1819Dance Production1
DANC 1834Introduction to African Diasporic Dance Traditions2
DANC 1835Early Modern Dance I2
DANC 1836Introduction to Classical Ballet2
DANC 1837Neo-Traditional West African Dance I2
DANC 1838Early Modern Dance II2
DANC 1839Ballet Enchainments2
DANC 1841Music for Dancers2
DANC 1852Ways of Knowing Dance2
Advanced Courses
DANC 2813Dance Composition I2
DANC 2814Dance Composition II2
DANC 2833Contemporary Approaches to Ballet I2
DANC 2834Neo-Traditional West African Dance II2
DANC 2835Post-Judson Dance Practices I2
DANC 2837Umfundalai Technique I2
DANC 2838Post-Judson Dance Practices II2
DANC 2839Contemporary Approaches to Ballet II2
DANC 2872Foundations of Dance Education3
DANC 3811Field Experience in Dance2
DANC 3812Creative Process in Dance3
DANC 3813Dance Repertory II3
DANC 3831Global Ballet Styles and Conventions2
DANC 3832Ballet and Abstraction2
DANC 3834Umfundalai Technique II2
DANC 3835Somatic Dance Explorations I2
DANC 3837Hip Hop I2
DANC 3838Somatic Dance Explorations II2
DANC 3851Lighting Design for Dance3
DANC 3873Creating Dance Histories3
DANC 3896Dancing Cultures (WI)3
DANC 3897Making Meaning in Dance (WI)3
Select two of the following:4
Advanced Ballet Technique I
Hip Hop II
Contemporary Hybrid Dance Practices I
Select two of the following:4
Advanced Ballet Technique II
Matters in Contemporary African Diasporic Dance
Contemporary Hybrid Dance Practices II
DANC 4861Dance Science and Somatics3
DANC 4873Senior Seminar3
Select one of the following:3
Dance Education Project
Senior Choreographic Project
Total Credit Hours124

Suggested Academic Plan

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance

Requirements for New Students starting in the 2022-2023 Academic Year

Year 1
FallCredit Hours
DANC 1801First Year Seminar in Dance1
DANC 1811Movement Improvisation I12
DANC 1819Dance Production21
DANC 1834Introduction to African Diasporic Dance Traditions2
DANC 1835Early Modern Dance I2
DANC 1836Introduction to Classical Ballet2
DANC 1841Music for Dancers2
ENG 0802, 0812, or 0902Analytical Reading and Writing [GW]4
 Term Credit Hours16
Spring
DANC 1813Dance Repertory I22
DANC 1837Neo-Traditional West African Dance I2
DANC 1838Early Modern Dance II2
DANC 1839Ballet Enchainments2
DANC 2813Dance Composition I12
DANC 4861Dance Science and Somatics3
GenEd Quantitative Literacy Course [GQ]4
 Term Credit Hours17
Year 2
Fall
DANC 1812Movement Improvisation II2
DANC 1852Ways of Knowing Dance2
DANC 2833Contemporary Approaches to Ballet I2
DANC 2834Neo-Traditional West African Dance II2
DANC 2835Post-Judson Dance Practices I2
DANC 3851Lighting Design for Dance23
IH 0851 or 0951Intellectual Heritage I: The Good Life [GY]3
 Term Credit Hours16
Spring
DANC 2814Dance Composition II12
DANC 2837Umfundalai Technique I2
DANC 2838Post-Judson Dance Practices II2
DANC 2839Contemporary Approaches to Ballet II2
DANC 3813Dance Repertory II3
DANC 3897Making Meaning in Dance [WI]3
IH 0852 or 0952Intellectual Heritage II: The Common Good [GZ]3
 Term Credit Hours17
Year 3
Fall
DANC 3812Creative Process in Dance13
DANC 3831Global Ballet Styles and Conventions2
DANC 3834Umfundalai Technique II2
DANC 3835Somatic Dance Explorations I2
DANC 3896Dancing Cultures [WI]3
GenEd Breadth Course3
 Term Credit Hours15
Spring
DANC 2872Foundations of Dance Education3
DANC 3832Ballet and Abstraction2
DANC 3837Hip Hop I2
DANC 3838Somatic Dance Explorations II2
DANC 3873Creating Dance Histories3
GenEd Breadth Course3
 Term Credit Hours15
Year 4
Fall
Select two of the following:4
Advanced Ballet Technique I 
Hip Hop II 
Contemporary Hybrid Dance Practices I 
DANC 4873Senior Seminar3
GenEd Breadth Course3
GenEd Breadth Course3
 Term Credit Hours13
Spring
DANC 3811Field Experience in Dance2
Select two of the following:4
Advanced Ballet Technique II 
Matters in Contemporary African Diasporic Dance 
Contemporary Hybrid Dance Practices II 
Select one of the following:3
Dance Education Project 
Senior Choreographic Project 
GenEd Breadth Course3
GenEd Breadth Course3
 Term Credit Hours15
 Total Credit Hours: 124