Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance - Credits: 65
The BFA program targets a diverse population interested in a traditional four year program that has the feeling of a conservatoire with a strong business orientation within a liberal arts setting. Aside from the business courses, Dance BFA students will have to take more advanced courses in performance, choreography, and technique. As graduates they will be seeking multilayered careers as dance professionals including careers as arts administrators, dance teachers in community settings, sole proprietors who manage dance studios and provide instruction, or as independent artists. This program will better prepare Dance BFA majors for administrative careers in the field, private business ownership and for more diverse professional performance and choreography jobs in entertainment and concert dance.
Dance Theory and Practice: All BFA students must be enrolled in a minimum of one technique class a day each semester. Competency based assessment will be used to determine the synthesis of knowledge, physical and performance abilities (technique) and level of proficiency. The application and synthesis of practice and theory competencies are required for employment in the dance field. The rigor of the assessments developed by dance technique faculty allows the department to meet NASD standards in Performance. Students accepted into the BFA degree in Dance program at Slippery Rock University must demonstrate technical proficiency requirements as indicated below:
All BFA-Business students must reach at least a minimum of Level IV in Ballet or Jazz, and Level VI in Modern Dance.
Demonstrated achievement of technical proficiency in dance technique courses will be determined by performance-based assessment of candidates for the BFA Degree in Dance from Slippery Rock University by dance technique faculty.