Bachelor of Arts & Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance

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The dance program is housed in the Department of Theatre & Dance within the College of Arts and Sciences (A&S). The program is designed to provide a well-rounded education that develops concrete skills in performance and choreography, and instills an appreciation of the role that dance plays in history and human culture. To receive a bachelors degree in dance, a student must successfully complete 120 hours and the A&S Core requirements must be met. For complete information about core requirements see the CU Catalog.

There is no audition for admission to the Bachelor of Arts degree. Students will be auditioned for specific course placement during the first week of classes each semester. Please note that dance major requirements stipulate minimum technical standards. Only technique courses ending in the number “1” are applied towards the degree requirements. Technique classes that are currently offered include modern, ballet, jazz, African, and hip hop. Tap, Transnational fusion, folkloric, and aerial dance are also offered on a rotating basis. To progress in the dance curriculum, a student must have placed in the 10:00 daily technique class (DNCE 2021, 3041 or 4061) at least one semester during the first year in the dance program. Students cannot enroll in subsequent theory courses until having placed in the 10:00 daily technique class.

Bachelor of Arts Degree

The Bachelor of Arts degree in Dance provides a well-rounded dance education in both technique and theory courses and is designed for students who are interested in careers (within dance and outside the field) that require skills in; creative thinking, collaboration, entrepreneurism, adaptability and community engagement. Students take a total of 49 credit hours in the major that allows for the ability to double major and/or obtain a minor degree outside the department.

Technique Requirements: BA students take 14 credits of technique and are required to take at least four different styles of technique. Six of the 14 technique credits must be taken from the daily technique class, DNCE 2021, 3041 or 4061. Admission into the daily 10:00 technique class is by audition only and the styles offered vary each semester. Two day per week technique classes are also offered.

Dance Theory Requirements: BA students will take a full range of dance theory courses in the areas of production, creative process, music, movement analysis, pedagogy, dance & cultural studies, performance, and philosophy. Some theatre classes including Costume Technologies, Technical Theatre Practicum, Dance & Community Engagement, and Senior Seminar are also required.

Performance Requirements and Opportunities: All BA students will take THTR 4029 Dance & Community Engagement in the fall and spring of their sophomore year. Students will learn a repertory of BFA and MFA student  work, which they will then perform in elementary and secondary schools throughout the state. 
 BA students are encouraged to choreograph for the annual Student Dance Concert, Open Space, and to audition for student and faculty choreography as well as for the annual departmental musical.

Senior Project/Internship: All BA students will arrange for an off-campus internship sometime in the summer prior to or during their senior year. This provides the student with practical experience in an area of interest in the dance field.

Specific course requirements are listed in the Undergraduate Handbook.

Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree

The BFA degree is designed to meet the needs of highly talented and motivated students interested in preparing for a professional dance career in performance and/or choreography while in an academic setting. BFA students are required to take 73 credit hours in the major and will present a concert in conjunction with other BFA’s in their senior year. BFA students must maintain a 3.2 GPA in dance and required theatre courses.
Characteristics that the faculty looks for in BFA students are:

  • Exceptional technical/expressive ability as demonstrated in classwork and performance.
  • Choreographic skill or potential as demonstrated through movement invention and appropriate clarity of structure.
  • Willingness and drive necessary to pursue a professional career in dance.
  • Solid musicality and rhythmic precision.

To apply for admittance into the BFA degree in Dance:

  1. Submit BFA-Pre-audition-App-Form to Gesel.Mason@colorado.edu by Monday, January 20, 2014.
  2. You will be notified by February 1, 2014 whether or not you’ve been invited to audition for the BFA program.

The audition into the BFA program in dance will take place on the University of Colorado Boulder campus on Friday, February 28, 2014 during High School Dance Day. Contact Dance Undergraduate Director, Gesel Mason if you have questions regarding the BA or BFA dance degrees.

Technical Requirements: BFA students take 25 credits of technique and are required to take 6 semesters of the daily technique class, DNCE 2021, 3041 or 4061.

Dance Theory Requirements: BFA students will take a full range of dance theory courses in the areas of production, creative process, music, movement analysis, pedagogy, dance & cultural studies, performance, and philosophy. Some theatre classes including, Costume Technologies, Technical Theatre Practicum, Acting, Dance & Community Engagement, and Senior Seminar are also required.

Performance Requirements: All BFA students will have taken THTR 4029 Dance & Community Engagement  in their sophomore year. In addition, BFA students take the course again for one semester in their junior or senior year, serving as choreographers and booking agents. All BFA students must perform in at least one Faculty Dance Concert and show their own choreography each semester in a formal or informal concert.

Senior BFA Concert: BFA students will present their choreography in a shared concert with other BFA students during their senior year.

Specific course requirements for the BFA are listed in the Undergraduate Handbook.