May 29, 2023  
2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog 
2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Dance B.F.A., with Ballet Concentration

Dance, B.F.A.

(CIP = 50.0301) TRACK 2 OF 2

The B.F.A. in Dance (Ballet or Modern concentrations) offers professional preparation, which includes extensive study in Studio Technique, Choreographic Studies, and Dance Studies. The focus of this degree is the development of dancers who will enter the professional world of dance/arts as performers and choreographers. Beyond the expectations for continuing opportunities for performance, students selecting the B.F.A. will develop and present solo and group senior choreographic projects.

Limited Access


The B.F.A. is a limited access program. Students must participate in a selective admissions procedure. At the end of their third semester, students will be assessed by Dance faculty to determine eligibility. Dancers must continue to take technique courses throughout their degree program.

State Mandated Common Course Prerequisites

Students wishing to transfer to USF should complete an A.A. degree at a Florida College System institution. Some courses required for the major may also meet General Education requirements thereby transferring maximum hours to the university.

If a student wishes to transfer without an A.A. degree and has fewer than 60 semester hours of acceptable credit, the student must meet the university’s entering freshman requirements including ACT or SAT test scores, GPA, and course requirements.

Transfer students are also required to comply with the immunization, foreign language, and continuous enrollment policies of the university.

Students should complete the following prerequisite courses at the lower level prior to entering the university. If these courses are not taken at a Florida College System institution, they must be completed before the degree is granted.

Unless stated otherwise, a grade of C is the minimum acceptable grade in prerequisite courses.

Although credit or elective credit toward the major will be given for these courses, placement in upper-level technique classes will continue to be based on individual proficiency. Other technique courses in other styles of dance may be accepted toward the major on a case-by-case basis, at the discretion of the University. Transfer dance credits must be evaluated by faculty and the Dance advisor at time of entrance.

Any 24 credit hours from the following 30 hours will be accepted toward the major:

  • DAN X610 or DAN X600 - 3 credit hours
  • DAN X611 or DAN X601 - 3 credit hours
  • DAA X610 - 2 credit hours
  • DAA X611 - 2 credit hours
  • DAA X680* - 2 credit hours
  • DAA X681* - 2 credit hours
  • DAA X200-X209** - 8 credit hours
  • DAA X100-X109*** - 8 credit hours

Please Note: Although credit toward the major will be given for these, placement in upper level technique classes will continue to be based on individual student proficiency.

*Or any lower level Repertory course in the X400-X499 series up to 4 credit hours.

**Up to 8 credit hours of any lower-level Ballet Technique courses within the X200-X209 taxonomy.

***Up to 8 credit hours of any lower-level Modern Technique courses within the X100-X109 taxonomy.

Research Opportunities

All undergraduate students in any degree program can participate in undergraduate research. There are a number of options to receive academic credit for a mentored research experience and to have the experience show on the official transcript. Students who wish to enroll in an undergraduate research course should consult with their academic advisor to understand how the credit will apply towards the degree requirements. If no credit is needed, students may be eligible to enroll in the 0-credit IDS 2912 , IDS 4914  or IDH 4910  courses. These courses will not impact degree credits or GPA but will show on an official transcript and document the experience. The Office of Undergraduate Research will assist students in understanding the various course options.

Accreditation Information

The Dance Program is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Dance (NASD).

Dance Faculty

Director: M. Powers; Assistant Director: M.L. Morris; Professors: J. Travers; Associate Professors: M. Foley, A. Carroll, A. Scott; Assistant Professors: B. Kohlmyer; Instructors: M.L. Morris, P. Nunez, J. Parks; Academic Advisor: N. Niforos; Professors Emeriti: S. Robinson, G. Warren.

Ballet (DAB)

(CIP = 50.0301)

Total Concentration Hours: 78

Concentration Core (63-77 Credit Hours)

Concentration Electives (1-15 Credit Hours)

Dance Electives: 1-15

Course Grade Requirement

A grade of C- is the minimum accepted grade for each major course.

Plan of Study

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