The Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) with a major in dance provides a professional degree program for students with prior dance experience and skills who seek professional careers as performing artists, choreographers, or dance scholars. Dance technique and the history, philosophies, and aesthetics of dance are all central to this program.

Admission to this program is contingent upon satisfaction of the general requirements for undergraduate admission to the University and a successful audition conducted by the department faculty

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Multiple audition dates are scheduled each school year prior to starting the program. A completed registration form is required as part of the application process to the University.. 

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All BFA dance majors must be enrolled in appropriate level Modern and Ballet technique classes each semester and must evidence successful progress in their respective degree programs in order to maintain dance major status. Any dance major who does not comply and/or does not register and complete appropriate dance coursework for one semester must audition for the dance program for re-admission. Students out of the dance program for two semesters or more are rarely re-admitted to the program.

DEGREE REQUIREMENTS: Candidates for the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with a major in dance must complete a minimum of 120 credits in course work, including two semesters of performance in the WSU Dance Company, as well as satisfaction of the University General Education Requirements.

The BFA program requires seventy-seven credits in dance courses (specified below), as well as thirty-one credits in University General Education courses and eleven credits in electives within or outside dance. All course work must be completed in accordance with the academic procedures of the University and the academic procedures of the College of Fine, Performing and Communication Arts governing undergraduate scholarship and degrees, as well as with the requirements of the Maggie Allesee Department of Dance.

The seventy-seven credits in specified dance courses must be completed with grades of 'C-' or better; grades of 'D+' or below are not acceptable in any required dance course for dance majors. Students receiving the grade of 'D+' in any required courses will be placed on Departmental probation and may be denied continuation in the dance program. B.F.A. students receiving the grade of 'B' or below in dance technique and choreography courses will be placed on Departmental probation and may be denied continuation in the B.F.A. program.


  • DNC 1330 -- Production Practicum (two semesters): Cr. 2
  • DNC 2300 -- History of Dance to 1800: Cr. 3
  • DNC 2310 -- (VP) History of Dance from 1800 to the Present: Cr. 3
  • DNC 2311 -- Issues and Trends in Contemporary Dance: Cr. 2
  • DNC 2410 -- Music and Dance Relationships: Cr. 3
  • DNC 2500 -- Choreography I: Cr. 2
  • DNC 3180 -- Dance Kinesiology: Cr. 3
  • DNC 3190 -- Movement Analysis: Cr. 2
  • DNC 3310 -- Dance Production: Cr. 3
  • DNC 3500 -- Choreography II: Cr. 2
  • DNC 5110 -- Study in Dance Styles: Pilates (two semesters): Cr. 2
  • DNC 5120 -- Pilates Equipment Lab (six semesters): Cr. 0
  • DNC 5410 -- Dance Notation I: Cr. 2
  • DNC 5560 -- Choreography III: Cr. 2
  • DNC 5810 -- Creative Dance for Children: Cr. 3
  • DNC 5993 -- (WI) Writing Intensive Course in Dance: Cr. 0

Total: 34 credits


  • DNC 2010 --Technique Laboratory I: Part I: Cr. 2
  • DNC 2020 -- Technique Laboratory I: Part II: Cr. 2
  • DNC 1220 or 2210 or 2220 or 3210 or 3220 or 4220
        (eight semesters at two credits per semester with at least two semesters of 2220): Cr. 16
  • DNC 2460 -- Dance Improvisation: Cr. 2
  • DNC 3010 -- Technique Laboratory II (two semesters): Cr. 4
  • DNC 4010 -- Technique Laboratory III (four semesters): Cr. 8

Six Credits From: 

  • DNC 5000 -- Performance Tour (two semesters): Cr. 2
  • DNC 5610 -- Dance Company I (two semesters): Cr. 1
  • DNC 5800 -- Repertory (two semesters): Cr. 1
  • DNC 5996 -- Senior Capstone Research (Choreography):1 Cr. 3

Total: 43 Credits

Cognate Requirements (elect two of the following courses)

  • A H 1000 -- (VP) Introduction to Art: Cr. 4
  • MUH 1340 -- (VP) (CD) Music Appreciation: World Music: Cr. 3
  • MUH 1370 -- (VP) Music Appreciation: Beginnings to Present: Cr. 3
  • THR 1010 -- (VP) Introduction to the Theatre: Cr. 3

Total: 6-7 Credits

Performance Opportunities: Company One, Dance Workshop, and To Sangana are performing groups composed of skilled dance students who must qualify for membership through auditions. They present concerts, lecture/demonstrations, and performances on campus and in the community, choreographed by visiting artists, faculty, and talented students. All BFA majors must qualify for, and be members of, the Dance Company for two semesters.

Teaching Major (BFA and BS Programs)

Professional Education Sequence: The additional following courses are required for a K-12 teaching major in dance, K-12 certification, and a major in dance, secondary certification for both the B.F.A. and the B.S. degrees:

  • DNC 3190 -- Movement Analysis: Cr. 3
  • DNC 3810 -- Dance Pedagogy: Cr. 3
  • DNC 3998 -- Assisting in Dance: Cr. 1
  • DNC 5810 -- Creative Dance for Children: Cr. 3
  • DNC 5830 -- Field Work in Creative Dance: Cr. 2-8
  • DNE 4410 -- Student Teaching and Seminar I: Cr. 5
  • DNE 4420 -- Student Teaching and Seminar II: Cr. 5
  • DNE 4810 -- Teaching Secondary Dance Methods: Cr. 3
  • EDP 5480 -- Adolescent Psychology: Cr. 3
  • HEA 2330 or H E 3300
    • First Aid and CPR: Cr. 3
    • Health of the School Child: Cr. 3
  • RLL 4431 -- Teaching Reading in Middle & Secondary Subject Areas.: Cr. 3

Post-Degree Studies in Dance: Students who have State Teacher Certification in any secondary major may add a secondary Dance Certification by completing the Dance Education Major requirements.