BA in Dance

Dance BA majors must complete 36 hours of dance technique in modern, ballet and jazz (12 credit hours each technique) and a minimum graduation proficiency of level two in all techniques. Technique classes are repeatable for credit. Dance BA students are encouraged to take concurrent technique classes in a least two disciplines each semester.

All Dance BA majors may audition to perform in Wichita Contemporary Dance Theatre and dance program productions each semester.

As part of the required Senior Project (DANC 580) capstone course, all BA majors present a final project, determined in consultation with their major advisor and the director of dance. Students are also required to be enrolled in an appropriate level technique class, have senior standing, submit a paper, which includes a written analysis and description of the theoretical framework and development, an analysis of the final project, and conclusions. These materials are submitted to the major advisor for approval. Following approval by the major advisor, students are scheduled for an oral defense of their work before the dance major faculty.

For all dance BFA and BA majors and dance minors, advancement in technique is not automatic and is possible only with faculty consent and approval. Students will be placed at the technical level the dance faculty deem appropriate for individual growth and development. Students with a developed skill in one dance technique should not expect that ability to translate into the same level of skill in other dance techniques. The dance faculty works with each student to create the best fit between student goals and interests and faculty appraisal of each student’s needs for true artistic development. The faculty seeks to produce graduates who will be competitive in the professional arena.

Program Requirements

General requirements:

  • total credit hours for graduation 120 minimum, overall GPA 2.000 (2.500 in major);
  • must complete 42 credit hours of general education and must have 45 credit hours of upper division credits.

Major Requirements:

  • dance 45 credit hours;
  • core curriculum 10 credit hours;
  • electives outside performing arts 15 credit hours,
  • electives based on plan of study 9 credit hours
  • All BA and BFA dance majors will be required to take appropriate 0 credit hour courses as needed in consultation with their academic advisors, to be chosen from DANC 150Q, Modern; DANC 150Q, Ballet; or DANC 150Q, Jazz. This is in addition to the credit courses required for the degree, and to ensure that all majors are in a dance technique class each day of the week, in accordance with NASD requirements.
Core Curriculum courses
THEA 180EPerforming Arts Seminar1
THEA 243Acting I3
DANC 227Mime/Physical Theatre 13
Technical theatre class (THEA 345 recommended. Costuming, stagecraft THEA 244 or THEA 253 also accepted)3
Dance Technique
Minimum proficiency must be at level 2 for all technique areas; classes may be repeated for credit. Faculty advisor approval required for advancement into all technique classes above level 1. Classes may be repeated for credit
Select 12 credit hours of Modern Dance Technique from the following: 112
Modern Dance Technique 1
Modern Dance 2
Modern Dance 3
Modern Dance 4
Select 12 credit hours of Jazz Technique from the following: 112
Jazz 1
Jazz 2
Jazz Dance 3
Jazz Dance 4
Select 12 credit hours of Ballet Technique from the following: 112
Ballet 1
Ballet 2
Ballet 3
Ballet 4
DANC 150QWorkshop in Dance (three semesters required)0
Dance Academics/Theory
Select 8 credit hours from the following:8
Dance History: Ancient Civilization to Early 1900s
Dance History: 20th and 21st Centuries
Dance Kinesiology
Directed Study
Senior Project
Additional Requirements
Non-English language proficiency courses or outside of performing arts with advisor approval (9 minimum credit hours required at 300+ upper division)15
Electives based on plan of study with advisor approval (6 minimum credit hours required at 300+ upper division)9
Total Credit Hours78