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Degree Programs

THERE IS NO AUDITION FOR THE DANCE STUDIES OR DANCE: TEACHING CERITIFICATION DEGREE PROGRAM                                                                                                                                                                              Auditions for the dance department productions and companies are held throughout the year. They usually take place toward the end of the semester before the following academic year. Audition information is also announced via email to Dance majors.


Degrees Available

BFA in Dance with emphasis in Dance Studies

This degree is designed for students interested in the broad theoretical study of dance.  Students may choose to focus on:  Dance History/Criticism, Dance Production, Dance Technology, Somatic Studies (study of body/mind practices), or Dance Administration/Business.   Students in this option are provided with more electives; as well as mentoring by the faculty so they may tailor the degree to their interests.  Students must have and maintain a 2.5 GPA.

BFA in Dance with emphasis in Performance and Choreography

This degree is designed for exceptionally talented students interested in pursuing careers as dancers and choreographers.  A heavy emphasis is placed on technique and composition courses, although a broad spectrum of  theory courses is also required.  Students must have and maintain a 2.5 GPA, and audition at the end of their sophomore year for admittance into the program. Transfer students may also be considered.  Students are expected to perform each semester and showcase their own choreography regularly. 

BFA in Dance with emphasis in Pedagogy (single field)

This degree is designed for students seeking secondary certification in Dance.  These students typically become dance instructors in the public schools and/or private schools/studios.  Students will focus on teaching methods/philosophies and receive "hands on" experience with teaching.  Students are required to take Curriculum courses and be a Student Teacher in a public school during their senior year.  No audition is required for this program, although a high level of technique is expected.  Students must have and maintain a 2.75 GPA.

BFA in Dance with an emphasis in Pedagody (dual field)

Same as the "Single Field" degree, but students will also be certified in a second teching field of their choosing.  This degree is time intensive, and has very little room for electives.  Students must have and maintain a 2.75 GPA.



Frequently Asked Questions 


General Requirements:

1. Students in the dance program are expected to be active in Orchesis (the student dance organization) and to participate in dance concerts as dancers, choreographers, and technicians.
2. In reference to PFW Dance Activities, students are expected to gain skills at the advanced level in modern dance plus skills in Ballet, Jazz, Folk, Social, and Square, and to enroll in a dance activity course each semester they are in school.

If you are not certain about the class or classes you should enroll in, please either contact the instructor, your advisor, Dance Office or the Fine Arts and Communication Advising Center at 512.245.1932.