Dance BA & BFA

The Current

'The Current' (a faculty dance concert)

For currently enrolled CU dance majors: BFA application

For all incoming freshman or transfer students interested applying for the BFA program: BFA Pre-audition application - fall 2017 BFA auditions will be held Friday, November 3, 2017. 

Please contact the Office of Admissions, University of Colorado Boulder, Regent Administrative Center 125, 552 UCB, Boulder, CO 80309-0552 for a packet of information including an application for admission to CU Boulder. You can access their website at http://admissions.colorado.edu/undergraduate/apply.

Submit all application materials to the Office of Admissions. Admission is based on the College of Arts and Sciences criteria; no videotapes or photos are required for application and admission into CU. Use the essay portion of the application to explain and clarify your past accomplishments and goals in the field of dance. The essay should take the place of an in-person interview with the admissions counselors.

No auditions are required prior to being admitted to the Bachelor of Arts dance program. Students will be auditioned during the first week of classes and placed in technique classes according to their skill level. To progress in the dance major curriculum, a student must have placed in the 10:00 daily technique class (DNCE 2021, 3041 or 4061) at least one semester during the first year in the dance program. Students cannot enroll in subsequent theory courses until having placed in the 10:00 daily technique class. Only technique classes ending in the number “1” count towards the dance degree requirements. See BFA degree below for more informaiton on admittance proceduure.

The dance program is housed in the Department of Theatre & Dance within the College of Arts and Sciences (A&S.) The program is designed to provide a well-rounded education that develops concrete skills in performance, choreography and production, and instills an appreciation of the role that dance plays in history and human culture. Our core training includes classes in Contemporary, Ballet, African, Jazz, Hip-hop, and Transnational Fusion. To receive a bachelors degree in dance, a student must successfully complete 120 hours and the A&S Core requirements must be met. For complete information about core requirements see the CU Catalog.

There is no audition for admission to the dance program. Students will be auditioned for specific course placement during the first week of classes each semester. Please note that dance major requirements stipulate minimum technical standards. Only technique courses ending in the number “1” are applied towards the degree requirements. Technique classes that are currently offered include Modern, Ballet, Jazz, African, Tap, Transnational Fusion, Aerial dance, Folklorico, Improvisation, and Hip-hop. To progress in the dance major curriculum, a student must have placed in the 10:00 daily technique class (DNCE 2021, 3041 or 4061) at least one semester during the first year in the dance program. Students cannot enroll in subsequent theory courses until having placed in the 10:00 daily technique class.

Bachelor of Arts Degree

The Bachelor of Arts provides a well-rounded dance education in both technique and theory courses. Students must receive a C- or better in all required dance courses.

Technique Requirements: BA students take 14 credits of technique and are expected to take a variety of forms (3) plus African dance. Six of the 14 technique credits must be taken from the daily technique class, DNCE 2021, 3041 or 4061. Admission into the daily 10:00 technique class is by audition only and the forms offered vary each semester. Two day per week technique classes are also offered.

Dance Theory Requirements: BA students will take a full range of dance theory courses in the areas of production, creative process, music, movement analysis, pedagogy, dance & cultural studies, performance, and philosophy. Some theatre classes including Costume Technologies, Community Engagement, and Senior Seminar are also required.

Performance Requirements and Opportunities: All BA students will take THTR 4029 Dance and Community Engagement in the fall and spring of their sophomore year. Students will learn a repertory of MFA student and faculty work, which they will then perform in elementary and secondary schools throughout the state. 
 BA students are encouraged to choreograph for the annual Student Dance Concert and to audition for student and faculty choreography as well as for the annual departmental musical.

Senior Project/Internship: All BA students will arrange for an off-campus internship sometime in their junior or senior year. This provides the student with practical experience in an area of interest in the dance field.

Specific course requirements for the BA are listed in the CU Catalog.

Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree

The BFA is designed to meet the needs of highly talented and motivated students interested in preparing for a professional dance career in choreography or performance while in an academic setting. Seventy six – seventy seven credit hours in dance and theatre are required and a minimum GPA of 3.2 in required dance and theatre classes. Students may pre-audition into the BFA program prior to attending CU, pre-auditions are typically held on High School Dance Day in October or November. Current CU students majoring in dance may apply during the fall semester of their freshman or sophomore year.  Contact the Undergraduate Director, Gesel Mason for more information.  

Technical Requirements: BFA students take 25 credits of technique and are required to take 6 semesters of the daily technique class, DNCE 2021, 3041 or 4061.

Dance Theory Requirements: BFA students will take a full range of dance theory courses in the areas of production, creative process, music, movement analysis, pedagogy, dance & cultural studies, performance, and philosophy. Some theatre classes including, Costume Technologies, Acting, Community Engagement, and Senior Seminar are also required.

Performance Requirements: All BFA students will have taken THTR 4029 Dance and Community Engagement in their sophomore year. In addition, BFA students take Dance and Community Engagment again in their junior or senior year, serving as choreographers and booking agents. BFA students are expected to show their own choreography each semester in a formal or informal concert.

Senior BFA Concert: BFA students will present their choreography in a shared concert with other BFA students during their senior year.
 Specific course requirements for the BFA are listed in the CU Catalog.