Dance Undergraduate Programs

The Department of Dance offers the Bachelor of Arts in Dance and the Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance degrees. A minor in dance is available to students in all majors.

Bachelor of Arts in Dance Degree Requirements

The B.A. in Dance at the University of Kansas does not require an audition. Instead, all students must pass a technical and academic evaluation at the end of their sophomore year. However, to be considered for a scholarship, a prospective or transfer student must audition. The B.A. in dance offers comprehensive technical training, built on a solid liberal arts foundation, which allows students to double-major or to pursue graduate study in any number of fields.

The curriculum leading to the B.A. in dance offers integrated training in ballet, modern, and jazz dance techniques, as well as courses in classical Indian dance, African dance and flamenco dance techniques, musical theatre dance, dance improvisation and composition, video for dance, history and philosophy of dance, music for dance, creative dance for children, dance production, career preparation in the arts and independent study options. The program prepares students for professional careers in dance or for further academic study. The senior project may involve research in any of the above areas or choreography and performance culminating in a senior recital. Students are expected to take technique classes appropriate to their level of training each semester they are enrolled. A total of 120 credit hours is required.

Bachelor of Arts in Dance Course Requirements

General Education Requirements (45-55)
Completion of the KU Core (See KU Core)30
Completion of the College BA degree specific requirements (see College BA requirements)15-25
Introduction to the Dance Major (1)1
Introduction to the Dance Major
Dance Technique (17)17
Majors must complete 17 hours of Dance technique. Majors must have at least 6 hours of Ballet at the 200 level or higher, 6 hours of Modern at the 200 level or higher, and 3 hours of Jazz at the 200 level or higher. Courses may be repeated for credit.
Ballet (6)6
6 hours of Ballet technique at the 200 level or above.
Ballet II
Ballet III
Ballet IV
Modern/Contemporary (6)6
6 hours of Modern/Contemprary technique at the 200 level or above.
Modern Contemporary II
Modern/Contemporary III
Modern Contemporary IV
Jazz (3)3
3 hours of Jazz technique at the 200 level or above
Jazz II
Jazz III
Jazz IV
Technique Elective (2)2
Pas de Deux
Ballet II
Modern Contemporary II
Jazz II
Pointe and Pas de Deux
Pas de Deux
Men's Ballet
Ballet III
Modern/Contemporary III
Jazz III
Ballet IV
Modern Contemporary IV
Jazz IV
University Dance Company (2)2
Satisfied by two semesters of University Dance Company. Repeatable for credit.
University Dance Company
University Dance Company
Dance Composition (10)10
Majors must complete courses as specified in each of the following areas.
Choreography I
Choreography II
Choreography III
Senior Project
Dance Studies (9)9
Majors must complete courses as specified in each of the following areas.
Approaches to World Dance
Anatomy and Injury Prevention
Dance Pedagogy: Choose one from DANC 430, DANC 520, or DANC 540
Dance for Children
Pedagogy
Field Experience in Dance Teaching
Dance Electives (9)9
Students must select 9 hours from the following:
First Year Seminar: _____
Rhythms and Structures of Music
Musical Theatre Dance
Introduction to African Dance Theatre
Introduction to Videography and Website Design for Dance
Dance for Children
Introduction to Classical East Indian Dance
Dance History: Research and Reconstruction
Career Preparation in the Arts
Introduction to Flamenco Dance Technique
Directed Study in: _____
Pedagogy
Practicum in: _____
Field Experience in Dance Teaching
Special Topics in Dance: _____

Major Hours & Major GPA

While completing all required courses, majors must also meet each of the following hour and grade-point average minimum standards:

Major Hours

Satisfied by 51 hours of major courses.

Major Hours in Residence

Satisfied by a minimum of 15 hours of KU resident credit in the major. 

Major Junior/Senior Hours

Satisfied by a minimum of 12 hours from junior/senior courses (300+) in the major.

Major Junior/Senior Graduation GPA

Satisfied by a minimum of a 2.0 KU GPA in junior/senior courses (300+) in the major. GPA calculations include all junior/senior courses in the field of study including F’s and repeated courses. See the Semester/Cumulative GPA Calculator.

Below is a sample 4-year plan for students pursuing the BA in Dance. To view the list of courses approved to fulfill KU Core Goals, please visit the KU Core website.

Freshman
FallHoursSpringHours
ENGL 101 (Goal 2.1 (2 crs req), BA Writing I)13ENGL 102 (Goal 2.1 (2 crs req), BA Writing II)3
MATH 101 (Goal 1.2 Quantitative Reasoning)3Quantitative Reasoning (Goal 1.2, BA Quantitative Reasoning)33
First Year Seminar (Goal 1.1 Critical Thinking)3Goal 3 Social Science3
DANC 150 (Major Requirement)22DANC 250 (Major Requirement)2
Dance Technique (Modern, Jazz, Ballet), Major Requirement2Dance Technique (Modern, Jazz, Ballet), Major Requirement3
Dance Technique (Modern, Jazz, Ballet), Major Requirement3Dance Technique (Modern, Jazz, Ballet), Major Requirement3
 16 17
Sophomore
FallHoursSpringHours
1st Semester Language (BA Second Language)52nd Semester Language (BA Second Language)5
Goal 2.2 Communication3Goal 3 Natural Science3
DANC 350 (Major Requirement)23Lab Science (BA Lab Requirement)1-2
DANC 330 (Goal 4.2 Global Awareness, Major Requirement)3Dance Technique (Modern, Jazz, Ballet), Major Requirement3
Dance Technique (Modern, Jazz, Ballet), Major Requirement3DANC Studies Elective 300+ (Major Requirement)3
 17 15-16
Junior
FallHoursSpringHours
3rd Semester Language (BA Second Language)34th Semester Language, or 1st semester of Another Language (BA Second Language)3-5
Goal 4.1 US Diversity3DANC 430 (Major Requirement)3
DANC 3753Dance Technique (Modern, Jazz, Ballet), Major Requirement3
Dance Technique (Modern, Jazz, Ballet), Major Requirement3DANC Studies Elective (Major Requirement)3
DANC Studies Elective (Major Requirement)3Elective or Dance Technique 300+ (Total Hours)3
 15 15-17
Senior
FallHoursSpringHours
DANC 530 (Major Requirement)1DANC 550 (Goal 6 Integration & Creativity, Major Requirement)3
Goal 5 Social Responsibility & Ethics 3DANC Technique 300+ (Major Requirement)3
DANC Technique Elective 300+ (Major Requirement)3DANC Studies Elective 300+ (Major Requirement)3
DANC Studies Elective 300+ (Major Requirement)3Elective or Dance Technique 300+ (Total Hours)3
Elective or possible minor course 300+ (Total Hours)3Elective or possible minor course 300+ (Total Hours)3
LA&S 492 (Job Search Strategies, or elective)1 
 14 15
Total Hours: 124-127
1

The BA requires completion of two courses of collegiate-level writing instruction. Students who test out of Composition will still need to complete ENGL 102 (or equivalent) and one additional Goal 2.1 course. 

2

DANC 150 and DANC 350 are rotational and must be taken in sequence.

3

Visit this website for a list of courses that fulfill the BA Quantitative Reasoning requirement. 

Please note:

All students in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences are required to completed 120 total hours of which 45 hours must be at the Jr/Sr (300+) level.

The same course cannot be used to fulfill more than one KU Core Goal. However, overlap of a KU Core course with a major or degree-specific requirement is allowed. Overlapping is recommended to allow more opportunities to explore other majors and/or minors.