B.F.A. Major in Dance Performance and Choreography

The major in Dance Performance and Choreography leads to the ­Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. 

Overall Goals for BFA Performance and Choreography

The B.F.A. Dance Performance major prepares students for entry into the professional world of dance as skilled technicians, creative artists and independent thinkers. The dance performance courses offers students the option of refining skills for the stage acquired in technique classes.

Towson University Dance students will:     

  • Synthesize expressive range, stylistic versatility and rigorous standards within healthy technical achievement and somatic understanding     

  • Analyze, intuit, deliver and evaluate the creative process for original dance choreography

  • Demonstrate oral and written skills, critical thinking in aesthetic language, and historical/world view perspectives

  • Recognize, choose and demonstrate leadership skills

    Towson University Dance students are encouraged to:

  • Develop an ability to creatively respond, both divergently and convergently, to changing environments

  • Transition thinking from dance as hobby to a preparation for a lifetime in professional work                                            

  • Develop a unique artistic voice through dreaming, risking, envisioning and creating dance work with rigor

  • Maintain a healthy, toned and energized physique, with somatic approach that supports dynamic alignment, reducing risk, increasing health and longevity of the dancer

  • Study dance history with a world view for understanding and appreciation of all people

  • Regularly engage as a whole person in physical, artistic and intellectual strategies that facilitate an appreciation of dance as an expressive, scholarly and progressive art form

  • Cultivate themselves as intelligent audience members who respect the art form and become lifetime arts advocates.

    Towson University dance student is asked to engage and deliver by:  

  • Demonstrating kinesthetic understanding of dynamic alignment

  • Exploring dancing as dynamic movers through a variety of somatic practices

  • Describing and assessing one’s creative process to promote creativity, innovation, imagination and collaboration

  • Implementing choreographic tools (e.g. movement invention, use of metaphor, collaboration, use of time, space, shape …)

  • Demonstrating disciplined, diligent work ethic, with an open mind, and mutual respect in the classroom.

  • Developing personal strategies for motivation, confidence, teamwork, creative problem solving and other life skills that transfers to other disciplines and future ambitions

  • Receiving and providing critical feedback (nonverbal, oral and written) to reflect embodied cognition

The B.F.A. in Dance Performance and Choreography requires a total of 81 units. All majors are required to successfully complete audition and jury as well as complete 15 points in performance credit as  milestones for graduation.Students in the major must complete 63 units of required dance courses, 3 units of Theatre, 12 units of dance electives, 3 units of other electives, and the performance requirements outlined below. A grade equivalent of 2.50 or higher is required for all courses in the major.

Required Courses for all Majors (66 Units)
DANC 126MUSICAL CONCEPTS FOR DANCERS 13
DANC 216SOPHOMORE CREW 11
DANC 223LEVEL I BALLET 12
DANC 224LEVEL I BALLET 12
DANC 227LEVEL I MODERN 12
DANC 228LEVEL I MODERN 12
DANC 235DANCE COMPOSITION I 13
DANC 245SCIENTIFIC BASIS FOR MOVEMENT I 13
DANC 263DANCE DESIGN AND PRODUCTION3
DANC 316JUNIOR CREW1
DANC 321RESPONDING TO DANCE3
DANC 335DANCE COMPOSITION II2
DANC 336DANCE COMPOSITION III2
DANC 345SCIENTIFIC BASIS FOR MOVEMENT II 12
DANC 346SCIENTIFIC BASIS OF ANALYSES OF MOVEMENT III1
DANC 436DANCE COMPOSITION IV: FOR THE PROSCENIUM2
DANC 437DANCE COMPOSITION V: FOR THE CAMERA3
DANC 480SENIOR PROJECT: SEMINAR2
DANC 491SENIOR PROJECT: CONCERT/LECTURE DEMONSTRATION3
THEA 101ACTING I3
Level II Technique Courses 2
DANC 323
DANC 324
LEVEL II BALLET
and LEVEL II BALLET
6
DANC 327
DANC 328
LEVEL II MODERN
and LEVEL II MODERN
6
Level III Technique Courses 2
A total of 9 units must be taken in Level III courses.9
LEVEL III BALLET
LEVEL III BALLET
LEVEL III MODERN
LEVEL III MODERN
Electives (15 Units)
Of the 15 total units of electives required, 12 must be from DANC.15
For Performance majors, at least 6 units of electives must be in Modern Repertory, Ballet Repertory or Dance Company.
Total Units81
1

Foundational courses

2

 Students are required to master each level of ballet and modern dance before progressing to the next level.

When courses are repeated, content will be changed with each offering of the course.

Performance Requirements for Majors

To fulfill performance requirements for graduation, all dance majors must audition for the TU Dance Company a minimum of two times during their tenure at Towson and fulfill one of the following options:

Option A

  1. 3 units of either TU Dance Company or  Ballet or Modern Repertory.
  2. 12 additional performance points earned by Composition III and IV student dance projects.

 Option B

  1. Exceptions for transfer students by approval of the department chair.

Completion of Option A or Option B completes the performance milestone requirements.

Juries

As a mechanism for assessing progress toward the degree, all Dance majors will be evaluated by a jury of faculty members during the spring term of the sophomore year. The jury will consider a video portfolio of each student. Written and verbal assessment will be given to each student in relation to the expected student outcomes of the program.

Special note: All majors are required to be enrolled in a ballet and modern class each term prior to their scheduled jury and during their senior year.

Crews

All Dance majors are required to register for and complete both DANC 216 and DANC 316. These assignments are made annually by the department. Successful completion of one crew course is a requirement prior to registering for DANC 480. Both crew courses and DANC 263 are required for graduation with the B.F.A.

Suggested Four-Year Plan

Freshman
Term 1UnitsTerm 2Units
DANC 21611DANC 12613
DANC 22312DANC 22412
DANC 22712DANC 22812
DANC 24513DANC 23513
TSEM 1023DANC 34512
Core 3 (Mathematics)3ENGL 1023
Core 63 
Orientation0 
 17 15
Sophomore
Term 1UnitsTerm 2Units
DANC 2633DANC 3161
DANC 3352DANC 3362
DANC XXX:: BALLET TECHNIQUE II3DANC XXX:: BALLET TECHNIQUE II3
DANC XXX:: MODERN DANCE TECHNIQUE II3DANC XXX:: MODERN DANCE TECHNIQUE II3
Elective - Company or Repertory3Core 53
 Core 133
 Elective - Company, Repertory or Performance3
 14 18
Junior
Term 1UnitsTerm 2Units
DANC 3213DANC 4373
DANC 4362DANC XXX:: BALLET/MODERN DANCE TECHNIQUE3
Core 74Core 84
Elective - Company, Repertory or Performance3Core 143
 Elective - Company, Repertory or Performance3
 12 16
Senior
Term 1UnitsTerm 2Units
DANC 4802DANC 4913
DANC XXX:: BALLET/MODERN DANCE TECHNIQUE3DANC XXX:: BALLET/MODERN DANCE TECHNIQUE3
THEA 1013Core 123
Core 103Elective - Company or Repertory3
Core 113University Elective (if necessary to satisfy the 120 units required to graduate)3
 14 15
Total Units 121
1

Foundational courses

Students are encouraged to earn additional units in Repertory/Company for the required performance milestone.

Performance opportunities include performing composition class assignments, dancing for Senior Seminar works and auditioning for Dance Major Performance Project (DMPP) concert.

Additional requirements during the freshman year include Dub ballet and modern combinations from class and performances to use in sophomore juries, and to join a professional organization from the departmental approved list.

Additional requirements during the sophomore year: Dub practicums and jury information for sophomore jury in March/April.

Technique classes taken after completing major requirements are strongly encouraged.

At least 6 units of electives must be in Modern Repertory, Ballet Repertory or Dance Company.