Academic Catalog 2023-2024

Slippery Rock University

Dance, Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) - Concentration in Dance Entrepreneurship

The BFA (Dance Entrepreneurship) is for the student who aspires to be a dance studio owner and operator, work as a dance company manager, public relations or marketing specialist, or other dance administrative position.  In addition, this degree can lead students to any entrepreneurial endeavor in concert dance or entertainment.  This degree provides excellent dance education and advanced training in the business of dance, performance, choreography, and teaching, along with additional areas of wellness for dancers, cultural dance, and dance technology. 


The BFA program with a concentration in Dance Entrepreneurship attracts a diverse population of students who are interested in a well-rounded program that allows for multiple performance and choreography opportunities and has a strong business component.  In addition to business courses, Dance BFA students will complete courses up to the advanced level in performance, choreography, teaching, and various dance techniques. In addition, courses such as Wellness for Dancers, Dances of Selected Cultures, Dance Technology, Dance History courses, and two Senior Capstone courses ensure a well-rounded education relevant for dance professionals in the 21st century.  Our graduates are enjoying a variety of careers in dance, including arts administrators, dance studio owners, dance teachers, and independent dance artists. This program will prepare BFA majors for a wide range of dance entrepreneurial careers.

All BFA students must be enrolled in a minimum of one technique class per day each semester. Competency based assessments will be used to determine level of proficiency, advancement in technique and performance, and synthesis of knowledge. The systematic assessment procedures developed by the dance faculty were created in conjunction with the National Association of Schools of Dance standards for professional degree programs. By the end of the final year, BFA Dance Entrepreneurship students must demonstrate the following technical proficiency requirements:

  • Level VI in Modern Dance
  • Level IV in Ballet or Jazz Dance

Program Learning Outcomes

  • 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: Demonstrate writing that is clear, cohesive, and relevant to the dance field, utilizing appropriate vocabulary, grammar, research, and citation methods.
  • Teaching: Organize the knowledge, skills, aesthetics, and art of dance into effective, ethical and responsible teaching practices.
  • Technique: 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.
  • Business Proficiency: Analyze and apply business principles to selected areas of the dance field.

Related Links

Dance - Dance Entrepreneurship, BFA Program Page

Dance Department Page

Professional Licensure/Certification Page



Major GPA: 3.0 or higher
Overall GPA: 2.0 or higher


Rock Studies 2 Requirements42
Other Basic Requirements0-3
Computer Competency0-3
Major/Concentration Requirements78

* 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.


The Rock
SUBJ 139Foundations of Academic Discovery 13
ENGL 102Critical Writing3
ENGL 104Critical Reading3
MATH 117Quantitative Reasoning3
Select one of the following:3
Civil Discourse: Theory & Practice
Ethics and Civil Discourse
Civil Discourse and Democracy
Integrated Inquiry
Creative and Aesthetic Inquiry
Select 3 Credits3
Humanities Inquiry
Select 3 Credits3
Social Science Inquiry
Select 3 Credits3
Natural Sciences Inquiry
SCI 101Science of Life3
Physical Sciences Inquiry
SCI 102Understanding the Physical World3
Thematic Thread
Select 12 Credits 212
Total Hours42

Course offered in multiple subjects; cannot take course in first major subject.


One course from each category; six credits must be 300-level or above; no more than 4 credits from one subject area; specific courses required in first major, regardless of prefix of course, cannot be used to satisfy thread requirements; any course with same prefix as first major cannot be used to satisfy thread requirements, even if it is not a course in the first major.

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


Students must take and pass a course with the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) designation prior to graduation.  Students can meet this requirement by taking any DEI - designated course in any program at any time during their undergraduate career. 


  • 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 300Dance Composition II 13
DANC 301Dances of Selected Cultures2
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
DANC 430BFA Capstone II: Performance, Choreography, and Entrepreneurship3
Additional Advanced Technique Proficiency - choose one2
Ballet IV 1
Jazz Dance IV 1
Performance, Choreography & Entrepreneurship Electives
Select up to 8 credits from any combination of the following courses (at least 2 credits must be Rehearsal and Production (299/499) and/or Repertory (399):8
Dance Rehearsal and Production 1
Ballet III
Jazz Dance III
Repertory 1
Dance Internship
Independent Study
Dance Rehearsal and Production 1
Historical Perspectives and Experimental Approaches:
Select two of the following:6
Dance Technology 1
Society and Social Dance 1
Dance in the Political World 1
Experimental 1
Dance Entrepreneurship Concentration:
Select three of the following:9
Financial Accounting
Principles of Integrated Marketing Communication & Public Relations
Social Media
Organizational Leadership
Organizational Behavior
Sustainable Entrepreneurship and Innovation
Principles of Marketing
Financial Best Practices for Decision Makers
Select one of the following:3
Principles of Creative Advertising
Introduction to Digital Design
Social Media Network Analytics
Grant and Proposal Writing
Business Marketing
Consumer Behavior
Social and Ethical Issues in Philanthropy and Fundraising
Total Hours78

Course counts for 50% of Major requirements and Major GPA


Taken concurrently with DANC 323.


Some courses may require pre-requisites. Please see course descriptions to determine if there are any pre-requisites for that specific course.


Students are encouraged to explore additional curricular and co-curricular opportunities. There is a strong correlation between long-term student success and participation in the following types of programs and activities:

  1. Career education and development
  2. Field Experiences
  3. Guest artist residencies and repertory experiences
  4. High-Impact Practice (HIP) courses and activities
  5. International study programs (short-term, semester)
  6. Internships and Independent Study
  7. Residential Dance Companies
  8. Service opportunities
  9. Student-faculty research and creative projects
  10. Student leadership development and opportunities
  11. Summer dance intensives and workshops

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 Dance Entrepreneurship (DAEN)
This program is effective as of Summer 2023
Revised 05.19.2023
UCC 01.31.2023

Recommended Four-Year Plan 

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
DANC 101 Wellness for Dancers 3
DANC 220 Modern Dance Technique: Level II 2
DANC 221 Ballet II 2
DANC 222 Jazz Dance II 2
ENGL 102 Critical Writing 3
SUBJ 139Foundations of Academic Discovery 1 3
Creative & Aesthetic Inquiry 3
DANC 216 Principles of Dance Production 3
DANC 220 Modern Dance Technique: Level II 2
DANC 221 Ballet II 2
DANC 224 Improvisation 3
DANC 299 Dance Rehearsal and Production 1
ENGL 104 Critical Reading 3
Select one of the following: 3
Civil Discourse: Theory & Practice
Ethics and Civil Discourse
Civil Discourse and Democracy
Computer Competency Requirement 0-1
Second Year
DANC 200 Dance Composition I 3
DANC 301 Dances of Selected Cultures 2
DANC 320 Modern Dance Technique: Level III 2
DANC 321 Ballet III (Elective) 5 2
MATH 117 Quantitative Reasoning 3
SCI 101 Science of Life 3
Humanities Inquiry 3
Declare a Thematic Thread 2
DANC 199 LMA/Performance Techniques 3
DANC 322 Jazz Dance III 2
DANC 321 Ballet III 5 2
DANC 320 Modern Dance Technique: Level III 2
DANC 324 Music for Dance 3
Required Dance Entrepreneurship Course 4 3
Select one of the following: 3 1-3
Society and Social Dance
Repertory 5
SCI 102 Understanding the Physical World 3
*Additional credits beyond 18 require an extra fee
Third Year
DANC 420 Modern Dance Technique: Level IV 2
DANC 421 Ballet IV (Concentration Requirement) 2
DANC 424 Contemporary Partnering 6 2
DANC 300 Dance Composition II 3
Required Dance Entrepreneurship Course 4 3
Select one of the following: 3 1-3
Dance Technology
Dance in the Political World
Thematic Thread Requirement 3
DANC 326 Dance Kinesiology 3
DANC 419 Dance in Contemporary Times 3
DANC 420 Modern Dance Technique: Level IV 2
DANC 422
Jazz Dance IV
or Ballet IV
DANC 223 Creative Dance for Children 3
DANC 399 Repertory 5 2
Required Dance Entrepreneurship Course 4 3
Fourth Year
DANC 323 Teaching of Dance 3
DANC 350 Field Experience in Dance Technique 1
DANC 425 Senior Capstone I: Dance Research 3
DANC 426 Modern Dance Technique: Level V 2
DANC 421 Ballet IV (Advanced Technique Proficiency Requirement) 2
DANC 499 Dance Rehearsal and Production 1
Social Science Inquiry 3
DANC 428 Modern Dance Technique: Level VI (Advanced Technique Proficiency Requirement) 2
DANC 422 Jazz Dance IV (Advanced Technique Proficiency Requirement) 2
DANC 430 BFA Capstone II: Performance, Choreography, and Entrepreneurship 3
Required Dance Entrepreneurship Course 4 3
Optional Performance, Choreography & Entrepreneurship Electives: 5 1
Dance Internship
Independent Study
Dance Rehearsal and Production
Thematic Thread Requirement 3
Thematic Thread Requirement 3
 Total Hours**138-143

Course offered in multiple subjects; cannot take course in first major subject.


Work with your Academic Adviser to declare a Thematic Thread by the end of your fall semester in your second year.


In addition, majors must complete two of the following courses: DANC 271 (Offered in Fall Semester) DANC 305 (Offered in Spring Semester), DANC 318 (Offered in Fall semester of even years), and/or DANC 390. Please work with your academic adviser to plan accordingly.


Dance Entrepreneurship Concentration

**Select three of the following: ACCT 209, MRKT 230, COMM 231, MGMT 351, MGMT 370, MGMT 341, NLPA 305, COMM 307.

***Select one of the following: COMM 228, COMM 235, NLPA 325, MRKT 332, MRKT 333, COMM 407, ENGL 429.


Need 8 credits from any combination of the following courses (at least 2 credits must be Rehearsal and Production (DANC 299/DANC 499) and/or Repertory (DANC 399): DANC 299, DANC 321, DANC 322, DANC 399, DANC 450, DANC 490, DANC 495, DANC 499


DANC 424 is offered fall semester of even years. 

  •  All BFA students must progressively develop technical competencies and reach proficiency standards in Modern Dance to the highest Level of DANC 428-Modern VI in order to graduate. Additionally, BFA-DAEN students must reach level IV proficiency in Ballet OR Jazz techniques.
  • Dance Elective courses provide opportunities for students to choose the coursework appropriate to their individual needs and interests; while remaining consistent with the goals and objectives of the professional undergraduate degree program being followed.

** This document is meant to serve as a guide. Some planners may show more than 120 credits because faculty have created flexibility in choosing courses.  However, only 120 credits are required to obtain a degree. Please consult with your academic adviser and refer to your curriculum guide prior to registering for courses. This plan should be reviewed, and verified, by you and your academic adviser at least once each academic year. 

Major Code: 5153
Concentration Code: DAEN
Revision date: 05.23.2023