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Dance BFA - Program Requirements

(HEGIS: 10.08 DANCE, CIP: 50.0301 Dance, General)

Department of Theatre and Dance

285 Alumni Arena
North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14260-5030

Anne Burnidge
Chair, Department of Theatre and Dance

Melanie Aceto
Director of Undergraduate Dance

Veronica Sedota
Assistant to the Chair

Associated Programs

Associated Subjects

Completing the Dance BFA Program

Academic Requirements

  • Audition
  • Minimum GPA of 2.000
  • Minimum GPA of 2.500 in the prerequisite courses
  • All undergraduate majors include at least 24-credit hours at the upper division (at least 300-level)

Academic Advice

A minimum grade of C+ is necessary in all required courses.

Transfer Credit Policy

Students wishing to transfer into the Department of Theatre & Dance should consult with the Program Director and Academic Manager in order to assess applicable coursework toward their degree. Transfer coursework is evaluated by our faculty and requires the submission of a course syllabus as well as previous transcripts. Students will be placed in the appropriate level of technique courses based on this evaluation, which may not correspond directly to student’s academic year.

Residency Requirement

A core requirement of the dance program is the students’ practical work on and in productions. As performers, students need to be in residence at UB in order to complete degree requirements.

Prerequisite Courses

TH 106 Introduction to Technical Theatre with TH 135 or TH 136 Practicum
DAC 201 Modern Dance 1*
DAC 213 Ballet 1*
DAC 263 Jazz Dance 1*
DAC 210 Tap 1

Required Courses

TH 108 Basic Acting 1
TH 203 Visual Imagination
DAC 202 Modern Dance 2*
DAC 211 Tap Dance 2
DAC 214 Ballet 2*
DAC 250 Global Dance Studies
DAC 264 Jazz Dance 2
DAC 310 Tap 3
DAC 337 Dance Studio – Zodiaque OR DAC 338 Dance Studio – Zodiaque OR DAC 340 Dance Studio (3 semesters total required)
DAC 341 Ballet 3*
DAC 342 Ballet 4*
DAC 345 Modern Dance 3*
DAC 346 Modern Dance 4*
DAC 371 Jazz Dance 3
DAC 372 Jazz Dance 4
DAC 350 Introduction to Laban Movement Analysis
DAC 378 Partnering
DAC 381 Social Dance
DAC 410 Modern Dance 5*
DAC 411 Modern Dance 6*
DAC 417 Jazz Dance 5
DAC 418 Jazz Dance 6
DAC 421 Ballet 5*
DAC 422 Ballet 6*
DAC 430 Dance History
DAC 432 Kinesiology/Anatomy for the Dancer
DAC 441 Choreography 1
DAC 481 Research in Dance, DAC 442 Choreography 2, or DAC 454 Methods of Dance Teaching
Three 200/300-level TH practicums
*There is a course fee associated with Ballet and Modern courses

Total Credit Hours Required

Total credit hours required for the Dance BFA degree
Credits Required for Major92
Additional Credits Required for UB Curriculum31
Additional Credits Required for Electives0
Total Credits Required for Degree123

Students should consult with an academic advisor to determine how any transfer or exam credit might be utilized in meeting general education, prerequisite, or major requirements.

See Baccalaureate Degree Requirements for general education and remaining university requirements.

Total Credit Hours Required represents the minimum credits needed to complete this program, and may vary based on a number of circumstances. This chart should not be used for financial aid purposes.

Published: Jan 30, 2023 10:57:03