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B.F.A. in Dance

Info Sheet

The Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance at the University of Houston provides a rigorous undergraduate program for dance students in a pre-professional environment.

By emphasizing the creative act of choreography in combination with competitive training in the discipline and artistry of dance performance, the B.F.A. Dance Program balances artistic training with excellence in an academic curriculum that includes dance history, pedagogy, kinesiology/anatomy, technology for dance and somatic practices.

Students in both the B.F.A. and B.A. programs gain access to a vast network of professional dancers, choreographers and performing arts organizations in Houston. Activities that bridge the professional dance community and our student dancers, such as on- and off-campus internships and mentorships, are pivotal to the B.F.A. programming and vision.

Sample Four-Year Plan

Year One

Fall
15 credit hours

  • DAN 1222 FTT (Freshman Technique & Theory)
  • DAN 1300 Dance as a Fine Art
  • DAN 1103 Seminar in Somatic Practices
  • ENGL 1303 First Year Writing Comp I (Communications Core)
  • MATH 1210 College Algebra (Math Core)
  • Dance Emphasis Elective

Spring
15 credit hours

  • DAN 1222 FTT (Freshman Techniques & Theory)
  • DAN 2300 Dance Improvisation
  • DAN 1103 Seminar in Somatic Practices
  • ENGL 1304 First Year Writing Comp II (Communications Core)
  • Core (3) Math Reasoning
  • Dance Emphasis Elective
Year Two

Fall
17 credit hours

  • DAN 2202 STT (Sophomore Techniques & Theory)
  • DAN 2308 Design Elements for Dance
  • DAN 2305 Dance Composition I
  • DAN 2304 Dance Kinesiology
  • Core (3) Political Science
  • Core (3) Life & Physical Sciences

Spring
14 credit hours

  • DAN 2202 STT (Sophomore Technique & Theory)
  • DAN 2306 Dance Composition II
  • Core (3) Life & Physical Sciences
  • Core (3) Language, Philosophy & Culture
  • DAN 3309 Dance Production
Year Three

Fall
15 credit hours

  • DAN 3302 Intermediate Technique and Theory
  • DAN 3310 Dance History I (WID)
  • DAN 3203 Contact Improvisation & Partnering
  • DAN 3103 Seminar in Somatic Practices
  • Core (3) American History
  • Core (3) Social & Behavorial Sciences

Spring
16 credit hours

  • DAN 3303 Intermediate Technique and Theory
  • DAN 3305 Composition III
  • DAN 3311 History of Dance II
  • DAN 3103 Seminar in Somatic Practices
  • DAN 4308 Dance Pedagogy II
  • Core (3) American History
Year Four

Fall
15 credit hours

  • DAN 4302 Advanced Technique and Theory
  • DAN 4305 Senior Projects and Career Management
  • DAN 4307 Dance Pedagogy I
  • DAN 4331 PR & Marketing Entrepreneurship for the Arts
  • Core (3) Political Science

Spring
13 credit hours

  • DAN 4302 Advanced Technique and Theory
  • DAN 4330 Grant Writing & Career Skills for the Practicing Artist
  • DAN 4112 Dance Performance Workshop
  • DAN 3314 Technology in Dance
  • Core (3) MUSI 3300 Listening to Master Works/Creative Arts