Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance

A BFA in dance focuses on technical training and preparation for a career in professional performance. An audition is required for entry in the BFA program.

Undergraduate Admission

Admission to KU

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Admission to the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

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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 Requirements30
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 Major1
Introduction to the Dance Major
Dance Technique33
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.
6 hours of Ballet technique at the 300 level or higher.
Ballet III
Ballet IV
Modern/Contemporary 6
6 hours of Modern/Contemporary technique at the 300 level or higher
Modern/Contemporary III
Modern Contemporary IV
3 hours of Jazz technique at the 300 level or higher.
Jazz III
Jazz IV
Additional Technique Electives18
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
Hip Hop II
Tap II
University Dance Company4
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 Composition10
Majors must complete courses as specified in each of the following areas:
Choreography I
Choreography II
Choreography III
Senior Project
Dance Studies12
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
Field Experience in Dance Teaching
Dance Electives12
Choose four courses from those listed below:
Musical Theatre Dance
Hip Hop Fundamentals
Tap Fundamentals
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: _____
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 72 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 15 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.

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 III or higher3
DANC Technique: Ballet III or higher3 
 15 14
Goal 3 Natural Science3DANC 375 (Major Requirement)13
DANC 350 (Major Requirement)13DANC 320 (Major Requirement)41
DANC 330 (Goal 4.2 Global Awareness, Major Requirement)13DANC Technique: Modern III or higher23
DANC Technique: Ballet III or higher23DANC Technique: Jazz III or higher3
Elective (Total Hours)3Dance Elective (From List)3
 15 16
Goal 3 Humanities3Goal 4.1 US Diversity3
DANC Technique Course3DANC 2103
DANC 32041DANC 320 (Major Requirement)31
Dance Elective (From List)3DANC Technique Course23
Elective3DANC Technique Course23
 DANC 430, 520, or 5403
 13 16
Dance Elective (From List)3DANC 550 (Goal 6 Integration & Creativity, Major Requirement )13
DANC Technique Course (Major Requirement)23Dance Elective (From List)3
DANC Technique Course (Major Requirement)23DANC Technique Course 23
Goal 5 Social Responsibility & Ethics3DANC 32031
Elective3Elective (Total Hours)3
 Elective (Total Hours)3
 15 16
Total Hours 120

Please note:

All students in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences are required to complete 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.