Dance, B.F.A.

The Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance will prepare students for careers in dance within the metropolitan New Jersey/New York region, across the United States, and internationally. Students will engage with a foundation of classical ballet and focus on other dance styles as well, including modern, contemporary, and jazz. The program will provide students with the skills and knowledge they need to realize their potential. It will prepare them for careers in professional dance, professional choreography, dance education, dance administration, and related fields.

Admissions

The following are the requirements for all applicants to the B.F.A. in Dance program:

  1. Candidates must apply for and be accepted into the University.
  2. Undergraduates apply to NJCU with a Priority Deadline for Freshman and Transfer Students: Fall Semester Start: April 15. Spring Semester Start: December 1
  3. Candidates must meet the NJCU English Proficiency Requirement.
  4. B.F.A. in Dance audition requirements: Most applicants will perform a live audition, but video auditions are also possible.

The BFA in Dance curriculum is 83 credits.

CORE
Ballet Technique - Must Complete at least 12 credits:
MDT 158Ballet Technique IA 2
MDT 168Ballet Technique IB2
MDT 237Ballet Technique IIA2
MDT 253Ballet Technique II B2
MDT 314Ballet Technique IIIA2
MDT 336Ballet Technique III B2
MDT 406Ballet Technique IV A2
MDT 413Ballet Technique IV B2
Theory/Critical Thinking - Complete All:
MDT 112History of Dance I2
MDT 117Health and Nutrition2
MDT 124Theory Studies I: Music Concepts 2
MDT 212Theory Studies II - Dance Anatomy2
MDT 495Senior Capstone2
Improv and Creative Process - Complete at least 3 credits:
MDT 191Dance Studies I-Improvisation1
MDT 225Dance Studies II - Composition1
MDT 317Dance Studies III – Dance Composition1
MDT 402Dance Studies IV: Choreography 3
Performance Credits - Complete at least 6 credits:
MDT 187Performance Studies I - Repertory1
MDT 120Performance Studies II - Repertory1
MDT 356Performance Studies III - Repertory1
MDT 215Performance Studies IV - Repertory1
MDT 320Performance Studies V - Repertory1
MDT 318Performance Studies VI - Repertory1
MDT 412Performance Studies VII - Repertory1
MDT 415Performance Studies VIII - Repertory1
Dance Electives:
MDT 310Theory Studies III: Movement Analysis2
MDT 252History of Dance II2
MDT 326Dance Pedagogy3
MDT 224Dance Production3
Ballet Concentration
MDT 163Pointe, Variations, and Partnering IA2
MDT 156Pointe, Variations, and Partnering IB2
MDT 238Pointe, Partnering, and Variations IIA 2
MDT 229Pointe, Variations, and Partnering IIB2
MDT 332Pointe, Variations, and Partnering IIIA 2
MDT 328Pointe, Variations, and Partnering IIIB2
MDT 407Pointe, Variations, and Partnering IVA2
MDT 405Pointe, Variations, and Partnering IVB2
MDT 179Jazz and Contemporary Dance IA2
MDT 139Jazz and Contemporary Dance IB2
MDT 240Jazz and Contemporary Dance IIA2
MDT 227Jazz and Contemporary Dance IIB2
MDT 334Jazz and Contemporary Dance IIIA2
MDT 321Jazz and Contemporary Dance IIIB2
MDT TBD-63Jazz and Contemporary Dance IVA2
MDT 403Jazz and Contemporary Dance IV B2
MDT 157Character Dance IA1
MDT 128Character Dance IB1
MDT 230Character Dance IIA1
MDT 226Character Dance IIB1
MDT 164Men's Technique, Variations, and Partnering IA2
MDT 145Men’s Technique, Variations, and Partnering IB2
MDT 239Men’s Technique, Variations, and Partnering IIA2
MDT 228Men’s Technique, Variations, and Partnering IIB2
MDT 333Men’s Technique, Variations, and Partnering IIIA2
MDT 331Men’s Technique, Variations, and Partnering III B2
MDT 408Men’s Technique, Variations, and Partnering IVA2
MDT 404Men’s Technique, Variations, and Partnering IV B2
J&C Concentration
MDT 185Jazz and Commercial Dance IA2
MDT 127Jazz and Commercial Dance IB 2
MDT 245Jazz and Commercial Dance IIA2
MDT 217Jazz and Commercial Dance IIB2
MDT 335Jazz and Commercial Dance IIIA2
MDT 306Jazz and Commercial Dance IIIB 2
MDT 410Jazz and Commercial Dance IVA2
MDT 401Jazz and Commercial Dance IVB 2
MDT 186Contemporary and Modern Dance IA2
MDT 125Contemporary and Modern Dance IB2
MDT 251Contemporary and Modern Dance IIA2
MDT 219Contemporary and Modern Dance IIB2
MDT 355Contemporary and Modern Dance IIIA2
MDT 305Contemporary and Modern Dance IIIB2
MDT 411Contemporary and Modern Dance IVA2
MDT 400Contemporary and Modern Dance IVB2
MDT 188Contemporary Partnering IA1
MDT 126Contemporary Partnering IB1
MDT 254Contemporary Partnering IIA1
MDT 213Contemporary Partnering IIB1

Ballet Concentration

Plan of Study Grid
Freshman
Semester 1Credits
ENGL 101 English Composition I 4
Health & Nutrition 1 3
Ballet I 3
Contemporary Dance I 3
Dance Studies I: Improvisation 3
 Credits16
Semester 2
ENGL 102 English Composition II 4
ENGL 108 Advanced Essay Writing 3
MATH 114
Contemporary Mathematics
or Statistics I
3
Ballet II 3
Contemporary Dance II 3
Performance Studies I: Repertory 1
Dance Elective 1
 Credits18
Sophomore
Semester 1
General Education Tier I Course 3
General Education Tier I Music and Dance Course 1 3
Ballet III 3
Jazz Dance I 3
Dance Studies II: Composition 3
 Credits15
Semester 2
General Education Tier II Course 3
General Education Tier II Course 3
Ballet IV 3
Jazz Dance II 3
Dance Studies III: Dance Composition 3
Performance Studies II: Repertory 1
 Credits16
Junior
Semester 1
General Education Tier II Course 3
General Education Tier II Course 3
Ballet V 3
Dance Studies IV: Dance Composition 3
History of Dance I 3
Performance Studies III: Repertory 3
 Credits18
Semester 2
General Education Tier II Course 3
General Education Tier II Course 3
Ballet VI 3
Theory Studies I: Music Concepts 3
History of Dance II 3
Performance Studies IV: Repertory 1
 Credits16
Senior
Semester 1
Dance Elective 3
General Education Tier III Capstone 3
Ballet VII 3
Theory Studies II: Dance Anatomy 3
Dance Pedagogy 3
Performance Studies V: Repertory 1
 Credits16
Semester 2
Dance Elective 3
Dance Elective 3
Ballet VIII 3
Theory Studies III: Movement Analysis 3
Senior Capstone 3
 Credits15
 Total Credits130

Ballet Concentration

Plan of Study Grid
Freshman
Semester 1Credits
ENGL 101 English Composition I 4
Health & Nutrition 1 3
Ballet I 3
Contemporary Dance I 3
Dance Studies I: Improvisation 3
 Credits16
Semester 2
ENGL 102 English Composition II 4
MATH 114
Contemporary Mathematics
or Statistics I
3
Ballet II 3
Contemporary Dance II 3
Performance Studies I: Repertory 1
Dance Elective 1
 Credits15
Sophomore
Semester 1
General Education Tier I Course 3
General Education Tier I Music and Dance Course 1 3
Contemporary Dance III 3
Ballet III 3
Dance Studies II: Composition 3
 Credits15
Semester 2
General Education Tier II Course 3
General Education Tier II Course 3
Contemporary Dance IV 3
Ballet IV 3
Dance Studies III: Dance Composition 3
Performance Studies II: Repertory 1
 Credits16
Junior
Semester 1
General Education Tier II Course 3
General Education Tier II Course 3
Jazz Dance I 3
Dance Studies IV: Dance Composition 3
History of Dance I 3
Performance Studies III: Repertory 3
 Credits18
Semester 2
General Education Tier II Course 3
General Education Tier II Course 3
Jazz Dance II 3
Theory Studies I: Music Concepts 3
History of Dance II 3
Performance Studies IV: Repertory 1
 Credits16
Senior
Semester 1
Dance Elective 3
General Education Tier III Capstone 3
Jazz Dance III 3
Theory Studies II: Dance Anatomy 3
Dance Pedagogy 3
Performance Studies V: Repertory 1
 Credits16
Semester 2
Dance Elective 3
Dance Elective 3
Jazz Dance IV 3
Theory Studies III: Movement Analysis 3
Senior Capstone 3
 Credits15
 Total Credits127

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the Dance BFA program, students will be able to:

  1. Develop students’ technical mastery of dance technique, form, vocabulary, and composition.
  2. Cultivate versatile, well-rounded, artistic individuals with the ability to evolve, collaborate, lead, and engage in ongoing debates within the field of dance.
  3. Nurture students’ knowledge of diverse dance traditions and their ability to express formal critiques of dance.
  4. Provide an opportunity for students to gain comprehensive knowledge of dance design, production, and choreography.
  5. Encourage a reflective and informed relationship to the human body, anatomy, and physiology.