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Bachelor of Fine Arts

 

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.

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

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
Sophomore Seminar
2
Freshman Touring Co
2
Senior Seminar
2
Senior Concert
3
Electives
5
Other SMTD courses
6
Non-SMTD courses
30
 

TOTAL

120
 

 

Courses

To view our course offerings, please visit www.WolverineAccess.umich.edu to browse the Public course catalog or by clicking here.

Student Handbook

For a comprehensive view of our BFA program, please refer to our 2012-2013 BFA student handbook, which can be found here.

Performance Opportunities

There are a variety of opportunities to perform throughout your entire BFA program including:

  • ACDFA
  • Ann Arbor Dance Works Concert
  • CPP&D Show
  • Emerging Dance Artists
  • Freshman Touring Company
  • Paul Taylor Summer Intensive
  • Power Center Concert
  • MFA Thesis Concert
  • Senior Concert

For more information about performance opportunities, please click here.

 

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