Academic Catalog 2020-2021

Slippery Rock University

Dance, Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) - Concentration in Performance and Choreography - Liberal Studies

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 complete advanced courses in performance, choreography, and technique. As graduates they will seek 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.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Business Proficiency for BFA students with Concentration in Business Administration: Students demonstrate proficiency in dance business enterprises.
  • Choreography: Create and organize movement into artistic and aesthetic choreography.
  • Communication and Critical Thinking: Demonstrate the ability to communicate and think critically in the areas of performance, choreography and teaching.
  • Cultural Diversity: Synthesize the social, political, and artistic role of dance in world cultures. 
  • Degree Program Writing Competency: Utilizing appropriate vocabulary, grammar, research, and citation methods, students will demonstrate writing that is clear, cohesive, and relevant to the dance field.
  • Teaching: Demonstrate the ability to organize the knowledge, skills, aesthetics and art of dance into effective, ethical and responsible teaching practices.
  • Technique: Students will demonstrate mastery of the core concepts in dance technique and performance in DANC 428 (modern dance technique VI).
  • Wellness: Apply dance wellness principles in the areas of performance, teaching and choreography.

Related Links

Dance - Performance and Choreography, BFA Program Page

Dance Department Page

Professional Licensure/Certification Page

Curriculum Guide

GPA Requirement

Major GPA: 3.0 or higher
Overall GPA: 2.7 or higher

Summary*

Liberal Studies Requirements42-44
Other Basic Requirements0-3
Computer Competency0-3
Major/Concentration Requirements80

* All undergraduate degree programs require a minimum of 120 credits.  Some courses meet multiple requirements, but are only counted once toward the 120 credit total required to graduate.

Liberal Studies Requirements

See Liberal Studies Guide for Goal and Enrichment choices

Goal Course Requirements
Complete Goal requirements as indicated below
Basic Requirements
ENGL 102Critical Writing3
ENGL 104Critical Reading3
COMM 200Civil Discourse: Theory & Practice3
The Arts
Goal3
Global Community
Goal–Non-US3
Goal–Non-US3
Goal–US3
Human Institutions/Interpersonal Relationships
Goal3
Science, Technology & Math
Goal–Sci3
Goal–Sci3
Lab–Sci0-1
Goal–Math3-4
Challenges of the Modern Age
Goal3
Subtotal36-38
Enrichment Course Requirements
Select one course from two of the following Enrichment Areas:6
Subtotal6
Total Hours42-44

Basic Math Requirement

Check with your adviser or a current degree audit report to see if you have been exempted from this course. The credit earned in this course will not be counted toward the 120 credit hour minimum needed to earn a degree.

Complete one of the following:0-3
Meet required minimum SAT or ACT math score OR
Beginning Algebra
Total Hours0-3

Computer Competency

Demonstrate "computer competency" by one of the following:0-3
Pass Computer Competency Exam OR
Select one of the following at SRU or another post-secondary institution:
Introduction to Computing for Liberal Arts
Computer Concepts
Introduction to Computing and Programming
Technology for Wellness
Total Hours0-3

Major/Concentration Requirements

  • 40 major credits must be taken at SRU or PASSHE
  • 40 major credits must be taken at the 300 level or above
Dance Core
DANC 101Wellness for Dancers 13
DANC 199LMA/Performance Techniques 13
DANC 200Dance Composition I 13
DANC 216Principles of Dance Production 13
DANC 223Creative Dance for Children 13
DANC 224Improvisation 13
DANC 298Selected Topics 12
DANC 300Dance Composition II 13
DANC 323Teaching of Dance 13
DANC 324Music for Dance 13
DANC 326Dance Kinesiology 13
DANC 350Field Experience in Dance Technique 1,21
DANC 419Dance in Contemporary Times 13
DANC 420Modern Dance Technique: Level IV 12
DANC 424Contemporary Partnering 12
DANC 425Senior Capstone I: Dance Research 13
DANC 426Modern Dance Technique: Level V 12
DANC 428Modern Dance Technique: Level VI 12
Select one of the following:3
Dance Internship 1
Independent Study 1
Workshop 1
Subtotal50
Advanced Technique Proficiency
DANC 421Ballet IV 12
DANC 422Jazz IV 12
Subtotal4
Dance Technology, Wellness, Social & Historical Electives
Select two of the following: 36
Dance Technology 1
Society and Social Dance 1
Dance in the Political World 1
Experimental 1
Subtotal6
Dance Performance and Choreography Electives
Select up to 20 credits from any combination of the following courses: 420
Modern II-VI
Repeatable up to 6 credits per course
Modern Dance Technique: Level II
Modern Dance Technique: Level III
Modern Dance Technique: Level IV
Modern Dance Technique: Level V
Modern Dance Technique: Level VI
Ballet II-IV
Repeatable up to 6 credits per course
Ballet II
Ballet III
Ballet IV
Jazz II-IV
Repeatable up to 6 credits per course
Jazz Dance II
Jazz III
Jazz IV
Electives
Dance Technology
Society and Social Dance
Dance in the Political World
Rehearsal and Performance
Repeatable up to 3 credits per course
Dance Rehearsal and Production
Dance Rehearsal and Production
Repertory
Repeatable up to 6 credits
Repertory
BA/BFA Capstone
BFA Capstone II: Performance, Choreography, and Credit Hours Entrepreneurship
Subtotal20
Total Hours80

Note: All BFA-Performance/Choreography students are encouraged to take NLPA 220 Intro to Non-Profit Management; BIOL 216 Anatomy & Physiology I/Lab as Liberal Studies courses.

Concentration in Performance and Choreography (PECH)

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:

  • Modern Dance (Level VI Proficiency Required)
  • Ballet and Jazz (Level IV Proficiency Required)

Please note: All BFA-Performance and Choreography students must reach at least a minimum of Level IV in Ballet and 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.

Important Curriculum Guide Notes

This Curriculum Guide is provided to help SRU students and prospective students better understand their intended major curriculum. Enrolled SRU students should note that the My Rock Audit may place already-earned and/or in progress courses in different, yet valid, curriculum categories. Enrolled SRU students should use the My Rock Audit Report and materials and information provided by their faculty advisers to ensure accurate progress towards degree completion. The information on this guide is current as of the date listed. Students are responsible for curriculum requirements at the time of enrollment at the University.

PASSHE - Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education Institutions

Dance - BFA (5355)
Concentration in Performance and Choreography (PECH)
This program is effective as of Fall 2020.
Revision date: 12-2019
UCC 9.24.19