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 Fine Arts in Dance Degree Requirements

The B.F.A. requires an audition for entry; however, students enrolled in the B.A. program may audition at the end of each academic year. In order to be considered for a scholarship or entry directly into the B.F.A. program, incoming students MUST audition in person or online via Acceptd.

The curriculum leading to the B.F.A. focuses on technique, choreography, and performance. It prepares students for professional careers or further academic study in dance. Entrance into the B.F.A. program is provisional during the first year. After evaluation of the year’s work and approval by the faculty, a student is fully accepted into the B.F.A. program.

B.F.A. majors receive integrated training in ballet, modern, and jazz dance technique. They also take courses in choreography, dance theory, history, dance science, and pedagogy. Other B.F.A. courses include flamenco, performing arts administration, classical East Indian dance, conditioning and injury prevention for dancers, and musical theatre dance. Students must complete a senior project in performance and/or choreography. B.F.A. majors have a variety of performance opportunities as members of the University Dance Company. A total of 120 credit hours is required.

General Education Requirements (30)30
In addition to degree and major requirements, all students must complete the KU Core students may fulfill both KU Core and Major requirements by taking following: GOAL 4 Learning Outcome 2 - DANC 230, 330, 440, or 490. GOAL 6 - DANC 550.
Introduction to the Dance Major (1)1
Introduction to the Dance Major
Dance Technique (33)33
Majors must complete 33 hours of Dance technique. Majors must have at least 6 hours of Ballet at the 300 level or higher, 6 hours of Modern at the 300 level or higher, and 3 hours of Jazz at the 300 level or higher. Courses may be repeated for credit.
Ballet (6)6
6 hours of Ballet technique at the 300 level or higher.
Ballet III
Ballet IV
Modern/Contemporary (6)6
6 hours of Modern/Contemporary technique at the 300 level or higher
Modern/Contemporary III
Modern Contemporary IV
Jazz (3)3
3 hours of Jazz technique at the 300 level or higher.
Jazz III
Jazz IV
Additional Technique Electives (18)18
Pas de Deux
Men's Ballet
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 (4)4
Majors must complete four semesters of University Dance Company. May be repeated for credit.
University Dance Company
University Dance Company
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 (12)12
Rhythms and Structures of Music
Approaches to World Dance
Anatomy and Injury Prevention
Dance Pedagogy: Choose from DANC 430, 520, or 540
Dance for Children
Pedagogy
Field Experience in Dance Teaching
Dance Electives (12)12
Choose four courses from those listed below:
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 65 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 34 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 BFA in Dance. To view the list of courses approved to fulfill KU Core Goals, please visit the KU Core website.

Freshman
FallHoursSpringHours
Goal 2.1 Written Communication (First Course, 2 Crs Required)3Goal 2.1 Written Communication (Second Course, 2 Crs Required) 3
Goal 1.2 Quantitative Literacy 3Goal 2.2 Communication3
Goal 1.1 Critical Thinking3Goal 3 Social Science3
DANC 150 (Major Requirement)12DANC 250 (Major Requirement)12
DANC 100 (Major Requirement)11DANC Technique: Modern, Jazz, Ballet (Major Requirement)2
DANC Technique: Modern, Jazz, Ballet (Major Requirement)2DANC Technique: Modern, Jazz, Ballet (Major Requirement)3
DANC Technique: Modern, Jazz, Ballet (Major Requirement)3 
 17 16
Sophomore
FallHoursSpringHours
Goal 3 Natural Science3DANC 440 (Major Requirement)13
DANC 350 (Major Requirement)13DANC 260 (Major Requirement )13
DANC 330 (Goal 4.2 Global Awareness, Major Requirement)13DANC 375 (Major Requirement)13
DANC Technique: Modern, Jazz, Ballet (Major Requirement)22DANC 320 (Major Requirement)41
DANC Technique: Modern, Jazz, Ballet (Major Requirement)23DANC Technique: Modern, Jazz, Ballet (Major Requirement)22
Elective (Total Hours)3DANC Technique: Modern, Jazz, Ballet (Major Requirement)23
 17 15
Junior
FallHoursSpringHours
Goal 3 Humanities3Goal 4.1 US Diversity3
DANC 460 (Major Requirement)13DANC 475 (Major Requirement)13
DANC 32041DANC 210 (Major Requirement)13
DANC Technique: Modern, Jazz, Ballet (Major Requirement)22DANC 320 (Major Requirement)31
DANC Technique: Modern, Jazz, Ballet (Major Requirement)23DANC Technique: Modern, Jazz, Ballet (Major Requirement)22
 DANC Technique: Modern, Jazz, Ballet (Major Requirement)23
 DANC 520 (Major Requirement)13
 12 18
Senior
FallHoursSpringHours
Goal 5 Social Responsibility & Ethics3DANC 550 (Goal 6 Integration & Creativity, Major Requirement )13
DANC 530 (Major Requirement)11DANC 430 (Major Requirement)13
DANC 490 (Major Requirement)13DANC 32031
DANC 420 (Goal 3 Humanities, Major Requirement)13DANC Technique Course (Major Requirement)23
DANC Technique Course (Major Requirement)23Elective (Total Hours)3
DANC Technique Course (Major Requirement)22Elective (Total Hours)3
 15 16
Total Hours: 126
1

Many major DANC courses are offered every other year, and a student's start year will determine the exact sequence of courses.  

2

Level of technique will be assessed by DANC professor. 

3

 By audition in the first week of the semester.

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.