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Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance (DANCEBFA)Department of Theatre, Drama, and Contemporary Dance

Students on Summer 2020, Fall 2020, or Spring 2021 requirements.


The Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance trains exceptional students who seek a professional career in dance within the context of an outstanding liberal arts education offered by Indiana University. The major includes dance technique, repertory, improvisation, composition, pedagogy, history, music, production, movement analysis, injury prevention, and Pilates certification. In addition, students take a strong academic core, completing requirements in arts and humanities. All majors are performing members of the Indiana University Contemporary Dance Theatre, and perform in the faculty/guest artist concert as well as dance in student works. Seniors produce a concert each fall. Students can find other performing opportunities with the opera, musical theatre program, the African American Dance Company, and Bloomington's local modern dance company, Windfall Dancers. Dance majors also have opportunities to perform nationally and internationally at various festivals and conferences.

Major requirements

The major requires at least 84 credit hours, including the requirements listed below.

  1. Theoretical Foundations.
    1. Introduction to Dance Studies. One (1) course:
    2. Twentieth-Century Concert Dance. One (1) course:
    3. Basic Human Anatomy. One (1) course:
      • ANAT-A 215 Basic Human Anatomy
    4. Introduction to Acting or Music Theory. One (1) course:
      • MUS-Z 111 Introduction to Music Theory
    5. History or Anthropology of Dance. One (1) course:
      • Another course approved by the department so long as it informs the understanding of dance history, theory, performance, choreography, pedagogy, or administration
  2. Contemporary Practices.
    1. Dance Practices I. One (1) course:
    2. Dance Practices II. One (1) course:
    3. Dance Practices III. One (1) course:
    4. Dance Practices IV. One (1) course:
    5. Dance Practices V. One (1) course:
    6. Dance Practices VI. One (1) course:
    7. Dance Practices VII. One (1) course:
    8. Dance Practices VIII. One (1) course:
  3. Supporting Technique. 21 credit hours:
  4. Dance Theory and Dance Making.
    1. Improvisation for Contemporary Dance I. One (1) course:
    2. Performance as Art and Design. One (1) course:
    3. Improvisation for Contemporary Dance II. One (1) course:
    4. Contemporary Dance Workshop. Complete the following course three (3) times and for a total of three (3) credit hours:
    5. Approaches to Dance-Making I. One (1) course:
    6. Approaches to Dance-Making II. One (1) course:
    7. Indiana University Contemporary Dance Theatre. Complete the following course four (4) times and for a total of four (4) credit hours:
    8. Dance Pedagogy. One (1) course:
    9. Choreographic Performance Project. One (1) course:
    10. Methods of Movement Analysis. One (1) course:
    11. Senior Dance Summary. One (1) course:
  5. Professional Studies. One (1) course:
    • (Complete 3 credit hours for Pilates; 4 credit hours for yoga)
    • SPH-A 387 Management of Dance Injuries
  6. GPA and Hours Requirements.
    1. Major Residency. At least 18 credit hours in the major must be completed in courses taken through the Indiana University Bloomington campus or an IU-administered or IU co-sponsored Overseas Study program.
    2. Major Upper Division Courses. At least 18 credit hours in the major must be completed at the 300–499 level.
    3. Minimum Grade. Except for the GPA requirement, a grade of C- or higher is required for a course to count toward a requirement in the major.
    4. Major GPA. A GPA of at least 2.000 for all courses taken in the major—including those where a grade lower than C- is earned—is required.

Bachelor of Fine Arts requirements

The Bachelor of Fine Arts degree requires at least 120 credit hours, to include the following:

  1. College of Arts and Sciences Credit Hours. At least 100 credit hours must come from College of Arts and Sciences disciplines.
  2. Upper Division Courses. At least 42 credit hours (of the 120) must be at the 300–499 level.
  3. College Residency. Following completion of the 60th credit hour toward degree, at least 36 credit hours of College of Arts and Sciences coursework must be completed through the Indiana University Bloomington campus or an IU-administered or IU co-sponsored Overseas Study program.
  4. College GPA. A cumulative grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.000 is required for all courses taken at Indiana University.
  5. CASE Requirements. The following College of Arts and Sciences Education (CASE) requirements must be completed:
    1. CASE Foundations
      1. English Composition: 1 course
      2. Mathematical Modeling: 1 course
    2. CASE Breadth of Inquiry
      1. Arts and Humanities: 4 courses
      2. Natural and Mathematical Sciences: 4 courses
      3. Social and Historical Studies: 4 courses
    3. CASE Culture Studies
      1. Diversity in the United States: 1 course
      2. Global Civilizations and Cultures: 1 course
    4. CASE Critical Approaches: 1 course
    5. CASE Foreign Language: Proficiency in a single foreign language through the second semester of the second year of college-level coursework
    6. CASE Intensive Writing: 1 course
    7. CASE Public Oral Communication: 1 course
  6. Major. Completion of the major as outlined in the Major Requirements section above.

Most students must also succesfully complete the Indiana University Bloomington General Education program.