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 (0)
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, 450, or 490. GOAL 6 - DANC 550.
Introduction to the Dance Major (1)
DANC 100Introduction to the Dance Major1
Dance Technique (32)
Majors must complete 32 hours of courses in the following areas. Majors must have at least 6 hours of technique at the 300 level in ballet and modern and 3 hours at the 300 level in jazz.32
Ballet III
The following may be substiuted for DANC 201, DANC 203, DANC 301, or DANC 303 if 4 semesters of level IV ballet or modern are completed.
Pointe and Pas de Deux
Pas de Deux
Men's Ballet
Choreography (0)
Majors must complete courses as specificed in each of the following areas:
Dance Improvisation
Choreography: Structured Solos
Choreography: Group Forms
Environmental Choreography
Dance Performance (0)
Majors must complete courses as specificed in each of the following areas:
Rhythms and Structures of Music
Introduction to African Dance Theatre
Approaches to World Dance
Ideokinesis
Introduction to Videography and Website Design for Dance
Dance for Children
Dance History: Research and Reconstruction
Career Preparation in the Arts
Practicum in: _____
Senior Project

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)32
DANC Technique: Modern, Jazz, Ballet (Major Requirement)22DANC Technique: Modern, Jazz, Ballet (Major Requirement)32
DANC Technique: Modern, Jazz, Ballet (Major Requirement)31 
 15 15
Sophomore
FallHoursSpringHours
Goal 3 Natural Science3DANC 450 (Major Requirement)13
DANC 350 (Major Requirement)13DANC 440 (Major Requirement)13
DANC 330 (Goal 4.2 Global Awareness, Major Requirement)13DANC 260 (Major Requirement )12
DANC Technique: Modern, Jazz, Ballet (Major Requirement)32DANC 320 (Major Requirement)41
DANC Technique: Modern, Jazz, Ballet (Major Requirement)31DANC Technique: Modern, Jazz, Ballet (Major Requirement)33
Elective (Total Hours)3DANC Technique: Modern, Jazz, Ballet (Major Requirement)33
 15 15
Junior
FallHoursSpringHours
Goal 3 Humanities3Goal 4.1 US Diversity3
DANC 460 (Major Requirement)13DANC 375 (Major Requirement)13
DANC 230 (Major Requirement)12DANC 475 (Major Requirement)13
DANC 32041DANC 210 (Major Requirement)11
DANC Technique: Modern, Jazz, Ballet (Major Requirement)33DANC 320 (Major Requirement)41
DANC Technique: Modern, Jazz, Ballet (Major Requirement)33DANC Technique: Modern, Jazz, Ballet (Major Requirement)32
 DANC Technique: Modern, Jazz, Ballet (Major Requirement)32
 15 15
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 32041
DANC 420 (Goal 3 Humanities, Major Requirement)13DANC Technique Course (Major Requirement)32
DANC Technique Course (Major Requirement)33Elective (Total Hours)3
DANC Technique Course (Major Requirement)32Elective (Total Hours)3
 15 15
Total Hours: 120
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

Dance Technique courses can be taken for 1-3 hours. 

4

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, and 100 hours must be from within the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

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.