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Conservatory of Performing Arts

Major in Dance

The Conservatory Dance Company opens its season with the Student Choreography Project, a showcase of original choreography by the Conservatory’s top students. Photo | Jeff Swensen


Dance Degree Options

The Department of Dance offers Bachelor of Arts degrees in dance and dance pedagogy and Bachelor of Fine Arts in dance. Performance students are placed on the B.A. and B.F.A. tracks based on their audition. Students on the B.A. track may audition for the B.F.A. track in the fall of their sophomore year. Read more about the degree options below:

Bachelor of Arts in Dance

The Bachelor of Arts in dance consists of 120 credits. Students select one of three dance concentrations: ballet, jazz or modern. By carefully choosing from the available elective courses and consulting with the appropriate department chair and/or academic advisers, students may pursue a double major or one or more minor. A B.A. in dance requires the completion of 120 credits consisting of department requirements, major concentration requirements, credits in the core curriculum and general electives.

Please note: Students on the B.A. track may audition for the B.F.A. track in the fall of their sophomore year.

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance

Incoming students are placed on the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree track based on their audition. All other students in the dance program qualify for the B.A. program. Students on the B.A. track may audition for the B.F.A. track in the fall of their sophomore year. For the B.F.A. degree, the department requires 128 credits, which includes concentration credits in ballet, jazz or modern, department requirements, credits in the core curriculum and general electives.

Dance Pedagogy Major

The Bachelor of Arts in dance pedagogy consists of 120 credits. The B.A. provides an integrated dance and pedagogy approach for students who want to focus on teaching rather than performing. The degree is based on the premise that in order to become a teacher of the arts, a person must be uniquely suited by personality, training and desire. The curriculum consists of a philosophical and academic foundation along with psychological and educational components. Students select one of three dance 15-credit concentrations: ballet, jazz or modern. A B.A. in dance pedagogy requires the completion of 120 credits consisting of department major requirements, psychology requirements, dance concentration credits, credits in the core curriculum and general electives.

Dance Concentrations Offered