Bachelor of Fine Arts

The Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) provides comprehensive study in dance specifically designed for students who want to make an impact on the field as professional dancers, dance makers, teachers and visionaries.

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Requiring 77-80 credit hours in dance, this program features in-depth interactions that will prepare you to enter the professional world of dance through in-depth interactions with major artists in the field, collaborative experiences within a diverse and interdisciplinary curriculum, and individualized mentoring with our faculty.

When you graduate from this program, you will be prepared to lead the field of dance as a visionary, advocate, performer, choreographer and/or teacher. Learn more about program.

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Dance intensively in daily technique courses that include a global spectrum of dance aesthetics and dance forms such as African- Caribbean, Ballet, Contemporary, Hip-hop, House, Jazz, Modern, Tap, Umfundalai and Vogue in light-filled studios with live musicians.  Perform in world class theaters in one of our five annual seasons at the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, or activate your personal style in campus musicals, or site-specific happenings. First-year students kick off the year with a performance in a mainstage theater!


Learn how to care for your body through mindfulness practices, and build a sustainable  dance career through career preparation courses and  programs such as Yoga Certification or a Musical Theatre Minor.

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Explore how dance influences the way we think, the way we shape cultures, and the way we live in our bodies through integrative courses in history, theory, anatomy, somatic studies, music, and teaching.



Interact with our vast network of artists to create possibilities for your future. Synthesize your studies as you produce your own work in a senior thesis concert. Create, write, watch, travel, discuss, and perform as you further define who you are as an artist and where you will take your vision.

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