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Dance and Choreography, Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) with a concentration in performance/Richmond Ballet

Special requirements

An audition is required for acceptance into the dance program. Applicants must follow the admissions guidelines for arts students as described in the “Admission to the university” section of the bulletin.

The two-year trainee program of the Richmond Ballet provides intensive study and opportunities to perform in concert with the Richmond Ballet Company. Within this concentration, Richmond Ballet trainees enroll as full-time VCU dance majors when they enroll in the Richmond Ballet Trainee Program. Students must pass auditions for both programs and meet VCU academic requirements for admission.

Students in the performance/ Richmond Ballet concentration must pay tuition for both the VCU and the Richmond Ballet Trainee programs.

Technique proficiency standard
All dance majors in the Richmond Ballet Trainee BFA must complete ballet technique to the level DANC 412 and modern technique to the DANC 302 level (or an equivalent approved by the chair and full-time faculty) to be eligible for graduation.

VCU’s Department of Dance and Choreography offers a four-year degree concentration within the B.F.A. specifically designed for Richmond Ballet trainees. The two-year trainee program of the Richmond Ballet provides intensive study and opportunities to perform in concert with the Richmond Ballet Company. Within this degree track, Richmond Ballet trainees enroll as full-time VCU dance majors when they enroll in the Richmond Ballet Trainee Program. Students must pass auditions for both programs and meet VCU academic requirements for admission. Once admitted into this special program, students receive credit in the Department of Dance and Choreography for their pre-professional training at the Richmond Ballet while taking general education courses and modern dance technique at VCU. Upon completion of the two-year trainee program, those students who do not join the Richmond Ballet Company can become full-time dance majors at VCU, on track to finish a B.F.A. in Dance and Choreography in two more years. They then have the opportunity to continue to refine their dance performance skills at VCU while enjoying the range of educational opportunities offered by the university. This program also is designed to enable Richmond Ballet trainees to expand their potential through departmental course offerings such as improvisation, dance sciences, anatomy for dancers, dance history, music and dance forms, contact improvisation, teaching methods, dance management, video/choreography, lighting design and dance, and dance production.

Degree requirements for Dance and Choreography, Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) with a concentration in performance/Richmond Ballet

Learning outcomes

Upon completing this program, students will know and know how to do the following:

  • Students must demonstrate proficiency in improvisation, composition, choreography and related art forms that encourage creativity and an individual point of view.
  • Students must demonstrate proficiency in modern dance and a diverse range of other dance techniques. The objective is to maximize students’ potential to become versatile dancers of technical excellence.
  • Students must demonstrate a global and historical perspective of dance as an art form with an emphasis on contemporary approaches to dance making and performance.
  • Students must demonstrate writing and critical-thinking skills.
  • Students must demonstrate comprehensive and theoretical understanding of the field.
General Education requirements Credits
University Core Education Curriculum (minimum 21 credits)
UNIV 111 Focused Inquiry I 3
UNIV 112 Focused Inquiry II 3
UNIV 200 Inquiry and the Craft of Argument 3
Approved humanities/fine arts 3
Approved natural/physical sciences 3-4
Approved quantitative literacy 3-4
Approved social/behavioral sciences 3-4
   
Additional General Education requirement (9 credits)  
DANC 103-104 Survey of Dance History 6
DANC 313 Dance in World Cultures or DANC 413 African American Presence in American Dance, Performance and Social Contexts 3
   
Major requirements (84 credits)  
DANC 105 Improvisation 2
DANC 201-202 Modern Dance Technique II and Workshop 6
DANC 207 Studies in Music for Dance 3
DANC 260 Dance Production Workshop 2
DANC 293-294 Professional Performance: Trainee Level First Year 14
DANC 301-302 Modern Dance Technique III and Workshop 6
DANC 307 Music and Dance Forms 2
DANC 317 Anatomy for the Dancer 1
DANC 318 Dance Science 3
DANC 393-394 Professional Performance: Trainee Level Second Year 16
DANC 405-406 Composition for Trainees 6
DANC 407 Teaching Methods for Dance 3
DANC/DANZ 411-412 Ballet Technique IV and Laboratory 12
DANC 490 Senior Project (capstone) 3
Dance electives 5
   
Open electives (6 credits) 6
   
Total 120

Electives

Recommended dance electives include:

DANC/AFAM 121, 122 Tap Technique I
DANC 126-127 African-Caribbean Dance
DANC 141, 142 Ballroom Dancing
DANC 251 Jazz Technique II
DANC 255, 256 Hip Hop Dance
DANC 261, 262 or 361, 362 Rehearsal and Performance
DANC 315 Contact Improvisation
DANC 319, 320 Video/Choreography Workshop
DANC 360 Lighting Design for Dance
DANC 371, 372 Repertory
Approved topics courses

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