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Degrees & Majors

Dance BFA

Bachelor of Fine Arts


The B.F.A. degree 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. Admission to the B.F.A. program is by audition, typically prior to the beginning of the freshman year. 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. The dance major is a program rich in artistic integrity and disciplined dance training, but also provides a strong academic and theoretical core which is essential to producing wholly integrated artists and successful dance professionals. An audition is required for acceptance into the dance major offered by the Department of Theatre, Drama, and Contemporary Dance. 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.