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BFA Program Overview

The Bachelor of Fine Arts in the Department of Dance is intended for students seeking a career in performance and choreography. We embrace and extend the legacies of 20th Century American modern dance and ballet, ever mindful of the necessity to invigorate contemporary dance forms. Students forge their own creative voice, consolidate a range of technical skills, and enjoy extensive performance opportunities.

From dancing in the first year Freshman Touring Company to performing onstage at the Power Center, creating multi-media collaborations in the Duderstadt Video Studio or working in the community, Dance students develop discipline, independent thinking, creative problem-solving, leadership and team skills, technological competencies and an appreciation for artistic, intellectual and social diversity  The fundamentals and finer points of dance technique, performance and composition are stressed, and all practical learning is underpinned by compulsory academic courses both within and beyond our discipline.

Dance can be studied as part of a joint degree program. Many of our Dance majors graduate with a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science degree concurrently with their BFA in Dance.

 

Curriculum Requirements

 

Category Credit Hours
Technique
35
Composition
8
Dance & Related Arts
2
Repertory
4
History & Ideas
9
Production
2
Anatomy & Kinesiology
3
Music for Dance 1 & 2
2
Teaching Methods
3
Freshman Touring Co
2
Sophomore Seminar
2
Senior Concert
3
Senior Seminar
2
Electives in Dance
5
Other SMTD courses
6
Non-SMTD courses
30

TOTAL

120

 

Courses

Browse the listing of Department of Dance course offerings. You may also view the University of Michigan public course catalog.

 

Student Handbook

For a comprehensive view of our BFA program, please refer to our BFA Student Handbook.

 

 

The University of Michigan Dance Department is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Dance (NASD).

 

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