Apr 25, 2019  
2018-2020 Undergraduate Catalog 
2018-2020 Undergraduate Catalog

Dance (BFA) - w/Performance and Choreography Specialization

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The BFA will provide excellent dance education and advanced training, performance, and choreography, along with elective areas of focus in production and dance technology.  This innovative professional program will prepare dance majors at SRU for diverse professional performance and choreography opportunities in entertainment and concert dance, private studio and business ownership, and administrative careers in the field.

Dance (BFA) - Credits: 60

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-Performance and Choreography students must reach at least a minimum of Level IV in Jazz and Ballet 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.

Performance and Choreography Specialization - Credits: 17

Choose 17 credits from the following: One must be DANC 430


DANC 220-428  Modern II - VI  (Repeatable up to 6 credits per course)

DANC 221-421  Ballet II - IV (Repeatable up to 6 credits per course)   

DANC 222-422  Jazz II-IV (Repeatable up to 6 credits per course)

DANC 271, 305 or 318 Dance Technology, Society and Social Dance or Dance History I

DANC 299, 499  Rehearsal and Performance (Repeatable up to 3 credits per course)

DANC 399  Repertory (Repeatable up to 6 credits per course)

DANC 430 BFA Capstone II: Chor, Perf, Entrep

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