dancers on stage, leaning back while reaching up to the ceiling
re-membering, 2019
Several dancers perform on a darkly lit stage with red and blue lighting
Open Space, 2020
A person touches a man's face, and the man is shrouded in a blue haze
[UN]WRAP: Dances That Don't Look Like Dances, 2019
Four dancers in long skirts
Open Space, 2020
A BFA student dances on stage
Catapult, 2019

Our Bachelor of Fine Arts program is designed to meet the needs of highly talented and motivated students interested in preparing for a professional dance career in performance and/or choreography while in an academic setting.

Degree Requirements

Whether in class, in the cypher, in the community and on the stage, our BFA students are:

  • Deep thinkers and expressive movers
  • Curious, imaginative, and innovative creators
  • Passionate and self-driven leaders
  • Mature, committed, and courageous learners
  • Change-makers

Please refer to the CU Catalog to view the list of required courses and electives.

In addition to specified coursework, the BFA student must meet the following requirements:

  • Show original choreographic work each semester in Open Space, FRESH or Dance Class Showings 
  • Present a concert in conjunction with other senior BFAs in the spring of their senior year 
  • By December of their junior year, the student must have formed a committee of two faculty members who will evaluate their concert. The student and First Reader (lead faculty member) of the committee will complete a BFA Concert Form that is given to the Director of Dance Production by January 31 junior year. The Director of Dance Production will help you plan and oversee the production aspects of the show
  • Maintain a 3.2 GPA in required dance and theatre courses. If a student drops below the required GPA by the time of their concert proposal submission (January 31), they will be removed from the BFA and their concert proposal will no longer be considered

General Admission Information

Incoming students can choose to apply for the BFA Dance Program before arriving at CU or after they have started their studies at CU. Current CU students can apply for the BFA program through the spring semester of their sophomore year.

In order to be considered for the Dance Program Freshman Scholarships, incoming students must audition for the BFA and register for our community engagement High School Dance Day held in the fall semester (please note that these two events happen on the same day).

While there is no live audition in the spring semester, we do require an online application with video links (please note the spring application cannot serve as an audition for scholarships).

Admission for Incoming Students

All incoming students, which includes high school and transfer applicants, must complete the following to apply:

For general admission to CU Boulder, please visit either the First-Year Admissions page or the Transfer Students page for information. 

Admission for Current CU Students

The Undergraduate Director of Dance will notify students of faculty decisions regarding their audition/application. If a student is admitted to the program, they should talk to their primary advisor to have their degree status officially changed. 

Note: auditioning students must be enrolled in or already completed DNCE 3033 or DNCE 3043 by their sophomore year to be on track to graduate in four years.


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