Be Bold in Your Pursuit
Both our degree options will help you create a foundation necessary to build a career in dance and advanced graduate studies.
The B.F.A. program will focus on choreography and performance where you’ll foster your technique, creative abilities and weave in other skills with the study of dance history, ethnology, kinesiology, and music for dance.
Our B.A. program will give you a broad study of dance within a liberal arts degree framework. You’ll develop the dance skills necessary to perform while possessing an intellectual grasp of the art and its principles.
Empowerment Through Art and the Pursuit of Originality
The Bachelor of Fine Arts curriculum provides a foundation on which to build a career as a performer, choreographer or teacher.
Core curriculum in dance emphasizes developing performance skills through the study of technique, and fostering creative abilities through
the study of choreography. Other major coursework provides a broad knowledge in dance history, ethnology, kinesiology, music, and the teaching of dance.
A minimum of 128 credit hours are required for the B.F.A. in Dance.
The first year of the program introduces the dancer to the expectations of the school for its pre-professional training program.
The second year of the program deepens the discipline and practice of dance for the B.F.A. major in Choreography and Performance. Students are expected to devote more time to their work outside the usual class period.
The third year intensifies focus on training and the application of knowledge in a variety of areas including kinesiology and teaching courses. A Junior choreography project is undertaken in the spring of the junior year to prepare the B.F.A. major for the senior capstone project work.
The final year refines the dancer's technique, choreographic production and concert management in a senior choreographic project. Students who have an interest in teaching may be invited to teach under supervision.
Lily Gelfand (BFA/HTC ’18) – is originally from Youngstown, OH and is a performing apprentice with David Dorfman Dance in NY. While at Ohio University, Lily has had the pleasure of performing in works by David Dorfman, Kyle Abraham, and Joanna Kotze. As a skilled collaborative musician, Lily has accompanied class and composed for Molissa Fenley, Giada Ferrone, David Dorfman, and Davide Di Pretoro.
Corrinne Baily (BFA ’17) – is originally from Columbus, Corrine is a first-year company member and teacher with MamLuft&Co. Dance (ML&Co.), a Cincinnati based modern dance company. Certified Pilates Mat instructor. Find out more about Corrinne and ML&Co. at http://www.mamluftcodance.org/
Trezon Dancey (BFA ’17) - is from Hartford, CT and is in his first season as a company member with Dayton Contemporary Dance Co. (DCDC), an Ohio based modern dance company rooted in the African-American experience. Find out more about Trezon and DCDC at https://www.dcdc.org/
Curtis Johnson (BFA ’15) - company with the West Virginia Dance Co. (WVDC), the only professional touring dance company in the history of the Mountain State. Also performed with Theatre West Virginia’s 2015 summer season. Find out more about Curtis and WVDC at http://wvdanceco.com/.
Kristopher Terry (BFA ’14) - is dancing professionally through GO 2 Talent Agency in Burbank, CA. Recently performed on the 2015 American Music Awards and touring with pop singer and actress, Ariana Grande.