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, technology and the history, philosophies, and aesthetics of dance are all central to this program.
There are three performance ensembles: the W.S.U. Dance Company One, Dance Workshop, and To Sangana African Dance Company 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. Students must have a minimum 2.5 overall g.p.a. to participate in a performance ensemble.
Admission to the program is contingent upon satisfaction of the general requirements for undergraduate admission to the University and a successful audition conducted by the Department faculty. Audition dates are scheduled throughout the year prior to admission. Entering students are required to consult the Departmental advising staff prior to their first registration for classes.
All B.F.A. dance majors must be enrolled in appropriate level modern and ballet technique classes each semester and 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.