BFA in Dance

Dance BFA majors must have a minimum entrance proficiency of level two in all technique disciplines, and must complete two semesters of level three technique in modern dance, ballet and jazz, and two semesters of level four technique in one discipline. A minimum of 51 credit hours is required in technique with at least 15 credit hours in modern dance, ballet and jazz. Technique classes are repeatable for credit. Dance BFA majors are encouraged to take concurrent technique classes in at least two disciplines each semester they are enrolled.

All BFA dance majors are required to audition for Wichita Contemporary Dance Theatre and dance program productions each semester. Approval for dance BFA majors to perform in off-campus productions, which may conflict with dance program or Wichita Contemporary Dance Theatre events, is made on a case-by-case basis. While students are encouraged to work professionally as part of their training, it should not be done at the regular expense of student involvement in dance program/Wichita Contemporary Dance Theatre productions. Students accepted in Wichita Contemporary Dance Theatre may register for DANC 320, during the junior and senior years, in consultation with their academic advisors.

As part of the required Senior Project (DANC 580) capstone course, all BFA majors present works on a senior dance concert to include choreography and performances by the student, determined in consultation with their major advisor and the director of dance. Students are also required to submit a paper, which includes a written analysis and description of the theoretical framework and compositional development, an analysis of the production, 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 124 minimum, overall GPA 2.000 (2.500 in major);
  • must complete 42 credit hours of general education;
  • must have 45 credit hours of upper-division credits.
  • All BA and BFA dance majors are 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.

Major Requirements: 82 credit hours minimum, including:

Core Curriculum courses
THEA 180EPerforming Arts Seminar1
THEA 243Acting I3
Movement class (stage movement, dance, mime/physical theatre; DANC 227 (recommended), 201, 210 or THEA 218)3
Technical theatre class (THEA 345 recommended. Costuming, stagecraft THEA 244 or THEA 253 also accepted)3
Dance Major Requirements
DANC 225Dance History: Ancient Civilization to Early 1900s3
DANC 325Dance History: 20th and 21st Centuries3
DANC 415Dance Kinesiology3
DANC 305Choreography 1: Improvisation3
DANC 405Choreography II3
DANC 505Choreography 33
DANC 545Methods of Teaching Dance3
DANC 320Dance Performance (may be repeated)2
DANC 580Senior Project1
Dance Technique
Note: Faculty advisor approval is required for advancement into all dance technique classes above level 1
Select 15 credit hours of Ballet Technique from the following:15
Ballet 1
Ballet 2
Ballet 3
Ballet 4
Select 15 credit hours in Jazz Technique from the following:15
Jazz 1
Jazz 2
Jazz Dance 3
Jazz Dance 4
Select 15 credit hours in Modern dance technique from the following (3 credit hours may be counted toward core curriculum):12
Modern Dance Technique 1
Modern Dance 2
Modern Dance 3
Modern Dance 4
DANC 150QWorkshop in Dance (three semesters required)0
Level 4 Technique
Select 6 credit hours from a single discipline6
Modern Dance 4
Ballet 4
Jazz Dance 4
Total Credit Hours82