Dance Major (BFA)


The Department of Dance at SUNY Brockport seeks to provide a rigorous and nurturing environment for the development of artists, scholars, choreographers, and educators. We support creativity through conceptualization and performance. The Department of Dance comprises artists, scholars, and educators who train dancers on the graduate and undergraduate level for a wide variety of careers in the arts. Through consistent advisement and mentoring, the department supports students in identifying, pursuing, and achieving their unique career goals.

The department has some of the best dance facilities in the country, including its own fully equipped proscenium dance theater, a large-space studio theater, five studios, a body-conditioning lab, costume and scene shops, and computerized music and design studios. Faculty and professional staff are nationally and internationally recognized in their areas of expertise and are leaders in professional organizations such as CORD, NASD, and NDEO.

Undergraduates with a strong foundation of dance training are invited to participate in the program by auditioning to enroll as dance majors or minors in the BA or BS programs, and are eligible to apply to the BFA program in the second semester. Additionally, the department offers two graduate degrees and serves a large number of students through courses that fulfill General Education requirements.

Admission to the Program

All students wishing to major in dance must pass a department audition. Three auditions are scheduled each year.

Entering freshmen must complete at least one semester of BA/BS study before applying for the BFA. Transfer students can be reviewed for acceptance into the BFA program during the departmental entrance audition.

Note to transfer students: Transfer credits in dance are evaluated and usually accepted as fulfilling major requirements or dance electives as appropriate. A maximum of 42 credits may be transferred into the BFA. Transfer students may need years an additional year at Brockport to complete the BFA.

Program Requirements

Requirements for Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) Degree in Dance

The BFA in dance major requires 85 credits in dance and emphasizes professional preparation for careers as performers and choreographers. It is a rigorous program that requires a high level of proficiency and commitment.

Students in the BFA in dance program must meet the requirements of the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. Note: To ensure breadth of experience, required dance courses can only be used to satisfy one Fine Arts Knowledge Area course requirement in General Education.

Each BFA candidate is assigned an advisor who will guide them through course selection each semester. Careful planning of course sequences and consultation with this advisor is essential.

General Education Requirements (31-40* credits)

Major Department Requirements (85 credits)

Dance Technique (29 credits)

Students must complete at least two semesters of Modern Dance IV: DNS 445

Choreography and Performance (23 credits)

Music for Dance (3 credits)

History and Movement Theory (15 credits)

Dance Production (3 credits)

Seminar (6 credits)

Electives (6 credits)

  • Any dance courses numbered 300 or higher, excluding leveled courses in modern dance and ballet (e.g. DNS 205, 245, 345, 445; DNS 253, 353, 453), by advisement.

* Denotes courses that meet both major and general education requirements.

Total Credits (120 credits)

Additional Degree Requirements

  • Grades of “C” or higher are required in all 85 required dance credits.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the program, students will be able to:

  1. Apply artistry through qualitative and rhythmic phrasing, dynamic range & individual expressivity.
  2. Embody consistently clear physical knowledge, movement accuracy and technical expertise of contemporary dance idioms.
  3. Create choreography that integrates imaginative and structural concepts.
  4. Articulate an understanding of aesthetics through dance-making and/or oral and written forms.
  5. Summarize and synthesize concepts regarding history, aesthetics, and culture of dance.
  6. Analyze human movement from varied theoretical and experiential perspectives.
  7. Identify individual interests and abilities in order to situate within larger dance field.
  8. Exhibit appropriate professional conduct throughout choreographic process, performance, collaboration, and production.