BFA Program

Dance Major - Bachelor of Fine Arts (DAFJ) (80 hours)

Students may petition for entrance into the B.F.A. program after completion of:

  1. At least one semester each of ballet, jazz, and modern major technique courses
  2. DANC 1800: The Creative Choreographer
  3. At least one dance theory course.

Eligibility of transfer students to petition will be determined on an individual basis by the dance academic advisor. Petition forms are posted in November and March.

Continuation in the B.F.A. program will be determined by the dance faculty during the second semester of the student’s enrollment. In order to continue in the B.F.A. program, the student must: demonstrate potential to succeed as a professional dancer and/or choreographer; have at least B-level skills in technique and performance; and have demonstrated professional commitment in dance course work and dance-related activities. Any student discontinued from the program may reapply for the B.F.A. after a minimum of one additional semester at WMU.

By the end of the student’s junior year, the B.F.A. student must create and perform a solo dance in a public showing which exhibits his/her choreographic, technical, and performance skills. At this time, the student must also submit an essay. The essay is a discussion of the development of the choreographic project and a critique of the resulting final dance in the areas of choreography, technique and performance. The essay should include a discussion of how the project reflects or expands on the student’s beliefs and aspirations as delineated in the personal artistic statement. In order to enroll in DANC 4800: Graduating Presentation, the dance and essay must be acceptable to the dance faculty.

A grade of “C” or better is mandatory in all required dance courses.

 General Education Requirements

The student enrolled in the B.F.A. in Dance must complete all General Education Requirements as described in this catalog.

DANC 1960: Conditioning for Dance, in combination with DANC 2950: Introduction to Dance Science and Kinesiology, meets the Area VIII, Health and Well-being General Education requirement for dance majors.

 Baccalaureate-Level Writing Requirements

 Students who have chosen the Dance major will satisfy the baccalaureate-level writing requirement by successfully completing DANC 3450: Twentieth Century American Dance.

 

Required Courses In Technique And Performance (33 hours)

Course Descriptions

Projected Course Offerings

The following courses may be used to complete the Technique/Performance requirement.

  • DANC 1210 - Roots of Jazz Credits: 2 hours
  • DANC 1250 - Special Studies in Introductory Dance Technique Credits: 1 to 6 hours
  • DANC 2250 - Special Studies in Intermediate Dance Technique Credits: 1 to 6 hours
  • DANC 4100 - Supplemental Ballet Technique Credits: 1 hour
  • DANC 4200 - Supplemental Jazz Technique Credits: 1 hour
  • DANC 4250 - Advanced Technique Credits: 1 to 6 hours
  • DANC 4300 - Supplemental Modern Technique Credits: 1 hour

Technique Courses

B.F.A. students must enroll in two major technique courses (listed below) for regular credit each semester of the sophomore, and junior years. Courses must be selected to ensure the student is participating in a technique class five days per week.

  • DANC 1100 - Ballet Technique I Credits: 2 hours
  • DANC 1200 - Jazz Technique I Credits: 2 hours
  • DANC 1300 - Modern Technique I Credits: 2 hours
  • DANC 2100 - Ballet Technique II Credits: 2 hours
  • DANC 2200 - Jazz Technique II Credits: 2 hours
  • DANC 2300 - Modern Technique II Credits: 2 hours
  • DANC 3100 - Ballet Technique III Credits: 2 hours
  • DANC 3200 - Jazz Technique III Credits: 2 hours
  • DANC 3300 - Modern Technique III Credits: 2 hours
  • DANC 4100 - Supplemental Ballet Technique Credits: 1 hour
  • DANC 4200 - Supplemental Jazz Technique Credits: 1 hour
  • DANC 4300 - Supplemental Modern Technique Credits: 1 hour

Technique Courses - Senior Year

During the senior year, candidates must enroll for regular credit in major technique courses selected from the list above, and through enrollment in DANC 4000, serve as a teaching assistant in a technique course. Courses must be selected to ensure the student is participating in a technique class five days per week.

 Technique Courses - Performance Course

At least four hours must be selected from performance courses.

  • DANC 4600 - Performance Credits: 1 to 6 hours
  • DANC 4650 - Dance Ensemble Credits: 1 to 3 hours

Technique Courses - Ballet, Jazz, and Modern

The student must complete at least two semesters each of ballet, jazz, and modern technique courses; one semester of:

  • DANC 1000 - First Year Performance Credits: 2 hours

And at least one semester of two of the following:

  • DANC 3100 - Ballet Technique III Credits: 2 hours
  • DANC 3200 - Jazz Technique III Credits: 2 hours
  • DANC 3300 - Modern Technique III Credits: 2 hours

Required Courses In Choreography (12 hours)

  • DANC 1800 - The Creative Choreographer Credits: 3 hours
  • DANC 2800 - Choreographing for a New Millennium Credits: 3 hours
  • DANC 3800 - The Choreographer in the Community Credits: 3 hours
  • DANC 4800 - Graduating Presentation Credits: 3 hours

Required Courses In Theory (26 hours)

History (6 hours)

  • DANC 2450 - Ballet History Credits: 3 hours
  • DANC 3450 - Twentieth Century American Dance Credits: 3 hours
  • (Dance majors use this course to meet the University Baccalaureate-level Writing Requirement)

Music (4 hours)

  • DANC 1850 - Music Fundamentals for Dancers Credits: 2 hours
  • DANC 2850 - Musical Style and Form for Dancers Credits: 2 hours

Production and Management (4 hours)

  • DANC 3890 - Lighting and Staging for Dance Credits: 2 hours
  • DANC 4890 - Dance Management Credits: 2 hours

Dance Science/Analysis (8 hours)

  • DANC 1950 - Introduction to Bartenieff Fundamentals(SM) Credits: 1 hour
  • DANC 1960 - Conditioning for Dancers Credits: 2 hours
  • DANC 2950 - Introduction to Dance Science and Kinesiology Credits: 3 hours
  • DANC 2960 - Introduction to Laban Movement Analysis Credits: 2 hours

Pedagogy (2 hours)

  • DANC 4400 - Teaching Dance Technique Credits: 2 hours

Capstone Experience (2 hours)

  • DANC 4000 - Practicum Credits: 1 to 4 hours
  • DANC 4450 - Senior Seminar Credits: 1 hour

additionally

DANC 4800 - Graduating Presentation  Credits: 3 hours, is also considered a capstone experience in choreography, production, and management for the B.F.A. student.

 

Related Studies (9 hours)

The Department of Dance believes that the professionally oriented student must augment his/her education via study in the related arts and sciences which complement specific career goals. The student will consult with the dance academic advisor in selecting 9 hours from the courses listed below, some of which may also meet General Education requirements:

  • ANTH 2400 - Principles of Cultural Anthropology Credits: 3 hours
  • ART 1400 - Studio Experience - (2-D) Credits: 3 hours
  • ART 2200 - History of Art Credits: 3 hours
  • ART 2210 - History of Art Credits: 3 hours
  • BIOS 1120 - Principles of Biology Credits: 3 hours
  • BIOS 2110 - Human Anatomy Credits: 4 hours
  • ED 2300 - The Nature of Creativity Credits: 3 hours
  • ENGL 1050 - Thought and Writing Credits: 4 hours
  • ENGL 1100 - Literary Interpretation Credits: 4 hours
  • ENGL 1500 - Literature and Other Arts Credits: 4 hours
  • ENGL 3050 - Introduction to Professional Writing Credits: 4 hours
  • FREN 1000 - Basic French I Credits: 4 hours
  • FREN 1010 - Basic French II Credits: 4 hours
  • HIST 3150 - Popular Art and Architecture in America Credits: 3 hours
  • MUS 1500 - Music Appreciation: Live Music Credits: 4 hours
  • MUS 1510 - Jazz in American Culture Credits: 4 hours
  • MUS 3500 - American Music Credits: 4 hours
  • MUS 3520 - World Music in Theory and Practice Credits: 4 hours
  • MUS 4500 - Music Appreciation: The Symphony Credits: 3 hours
  • PHIL 2000 - Introduction to Philosophy Credits: 4 hours
  • PHIL 3120 - Philosophy of Art Credits: 3 hours
  • THEA 1000 - Playing with Fire: Love, Politics & Entertainment Credits: 3 hours
  • THEA 1050 - Introduction to African-American Theatre Credits: 3 hours
  • THEA 1410 - Introduction to Acting Credits: 3 hours
  • THEA 1420 - Acting I: Action and Personalization Credits: 3 hours

 

Course Descriptions

Projected Course Offerings