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Visual Arts, Theatre and Dance


Bachelor of Fine Arts

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Stephanie Mills


204 Montgomery Hall, FSU

Tallahassee, FL 32306-2120


(850) 644-1023



Description of Major
Dancers use dance in many ways, among which are performance, choreography, and teaching. Many dancers combine these three areas in their professional lives. Performance opportunities are varied and range from work with professional companies to regional dance organizations and university dance programs, and from resident to touring situations. Choreographic opportunities may be found in professional or civic companies, in university and college programs, in plays and musicals, movies and television. The dancer often combines teaching with actual choreographic work and performing. Teaching opportunities may be found in universities, colleges, primary and secondary schools, privately owned studios, civic organizations, or combinations of these. Two new and fast growing fields are dance somatics and analysis and dance technology, which (like musical notation) serve the purpose of recording choreography for posterity, as instruments for analysis of movement, and as creative tools. BFA dance majors may complete Specialized Studies in Arts and Community Practice.

Prerequisite Coursework:
Any 24 hours selected from the following; all may also apply toward the major:
DAN X610 (3) Rhythmic Analysis or DAN X600
DAN X611 (3) Music & Choreography or DAN X601
DAA X610 (2) Dance Composition
DAA X611 (2) Dance Composition
DAA X680 (2) or lower level repertory courses in the 400-499 series
DAA X681 (2) Dance Performance (or lower level repertory courses in the 400-499 series)
DAA X200-X209 (up to 8 hrs) Lower level ballet technique courses
DAA X100-X109 (up to 8 hrs) Lower level modern technique courses
Note: State-wide common prerequisites are always under review. For the most current information and for acceptable alternative courses, visit the “Common Prerequisites Manual.” This is available from the “Student Services” section of .

Requirements for Admission into the Major
All BFA, MA and MFA students who wish to major in dance must audition for admission into the dance program. Students may be admitted into the major as early as the freshman year. Screening of each dance major occurs at various times throughout the year to determine if the student should continue in the major program. Such assessment is part of a continuous advisement procedure whereby a student may receive specific advisement concerning potentialities, problems and progress. Maintenance of a satisfactory academic standing is required in addition to specified levels of progress in dance technique. Any break in enrollment of more than one academic year will require another audition for readmission.

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Major Program of Studies at FSU: 92 hours.
In order to graduate, students must: 1) achieve and maintain either the Ballet III level and the Contemporary Dance II level or the Ballet II and Contemporary III levels by one semester prior to graduation; 2) complete all coursework requirements (Liberal Studies and major); and 3) meet the designated requirements for performing and production experiences. They are also required to participate in four performance experiences sponsored by the school. Dance Technique: Students must take 30 hours at the appropriate technical level and attain the proficiency requirements. Continuous enrollment in both ballet and contemporary dance is required. If students fulfill all other curricular requirements and attain the proficiency requirements stated, the maximum requirement in technique hours need not be attained.
Dance Technique (30 hrs. minimum):
DAA 3208r (1-3) Ballet I
DAA 3209r (1-3) Ballet II
DAA 4210r (1-3) Ballet III
DAA 3108r (1-3) Contemporary Dance I
DAA 3109r (1-3) Contemporary Dance II
DAA 4110r (1-3) Contemporary Dance III
Composition and Repertory (10 hrs. minimum):
DAA 2610 (2) Dance Composition
DAN 2611 (3) Music and Choreography
DAA 3614 (2) Dance Composition
DAA 3654r (2) Choreography-Repertory.
Other Required Dance Courses (40 hrs.):
DAN 2500 (1) Introduction to Design
DAN 2610 (3) Rhythmic Analysis
DAN 3144, 3145, 3146 (3, 3, 3) History and Philosophy of Dance
DAN 3400 (3) Movement Analysis
DAN 3504 (2) Dance Production
DAN 3584 (1) Dance Theatre Lab
DAN 3714 (3) Dance Kinesiology
DAN 3744 (2) Dance Conditioning
DAN 4418 (3) Survey of Dance Technologies
DAN 4935 (3) Introduction to the Dance Profession (new course number coming soon; contact department)
DAN 4935 (3) Senior Capstone Experience (new course number coming soon; contact department)
DAA 1680, 2681, 3684, 4685 (1, 1, 1, 1) Dance Ensemble (min. 1 hr. required)
DAE 3384 (3) Methods & Materials in Dance Education
Dance Electives (12-15 hrs.) Students should consult with the school advisor to select appropriate dance electives.

Computer Skills Competency: 0 hours beyond major. DAN 4418 (3)

Oral Communication Competency: 0-3 hours. Students must demonstrate the ability to orally transmit ideas and information clearly. The requirement may be met through appropriate high school speech training or with an approved college-level course.

Minimum Program Requirements - Summary
Total Hrs. Required 128
Liberal Studies 36*
Major Coursework 92
Minor Coursework 0
Computer Skills 0 beyond major
Oral Communication Competency 0-3
Other Coursework 0
Electives to bring total hours to 128
*At FSU, one Dance History course may also apply as part of Liberal Studies. Students who select this option must select an equivalent number of elective hours to reach the 128 hours required for graduation.

1. A minimum of 45 hours at the 3000 level or above, 30 of which must be taken at this University.
2. Half of the major course semester hours must be completed in residence at this University.
3. The final 30 hours must be completed in residence at this University.

Employment Information
Salary Information: National Association of Colleges and Employers, Occupational Outlook Handbook

Representative Job Titles Related to this Major:Dancer, Artistic Director, Choreographer, Ballet Mistress/Master, Teacher of Ballet and/or Contemporary Dance Technique, Dance Company Manager, Production Manager for a Dance Company, Theme Entertainment Resort Performer, Cruise Industry Performer, Dance Critic, Dance Technology Specialist. With further study: Dance Therapist, University Dance Professor, Dance Historian, Dance Archivist, Dance Critic, Certified Fitness Trainer, Certified Pilates Trainer.

Representative Employers: Dance Companies, Private Dance Studios, Fitness studios, Theatre Companies, College and Universities, Movies, Television, Arts Non-profit & Educational Agencies, Public and Private Schools (with teaching certification), Theme Parks, Cruise lines.

Updated: Summer 2015