Department of Dance

Department of Dance

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The Department of Dance at Fei Tian College currently offers two degree programs: a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Classical Chinese Dance and a Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Classical Chinese Dance.

The BFA program in Classical Chinese Dance unique worldwide in that not only do students specialize in a specialized classical art form, they also gain a solid foundation in the liberal arts and sciences in a bilingual, bicultural setting.

The MFA in Classical Chinese Dance is designed for dance artists who have had professional performance experience and are interested in mastering or advancing their knowledge, skills, and experience in choreography, pedagogy, theory, and/or professional performance in classical Chinese dance.

The Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Classical Chinese Dance has three different emphases:

  • Performance and Choreography
  • Dance Pedagogy
  • Dance Production

During the first two years, all students follow the basic curriculum by taking 34 credits of core dance courses. The two-year sequence is designed to equip students with technical and performance skills, develop their artistry, and cultivate in them a profound understanding of classical Chinese dance as one of the most comprehensive dance systems in the world. The “emphasis” training begins in the third year.

The Performance and Choreography Emphasis offers intensive training and valuable performance opportunities to those who aspire to be professional dancers and choreographers of classical Chinese dance. The Dance Pedagogy Emphasis trains students in the essentials of the art and techniques of teaching classical Chinese dance. The Dance Production Emphasis covers the basic skills and the latest technologies in the field.

Each student must declare his or her emphasis by the sixth week in the second semester of the second year. Faculty advisors and the Chair of the Department may assist students in making appropriate choices. The declaration process involves filing with the Admissions Office an Emphasis Declaration Form with all necessary signatures. During the junior and senior years, each student should take 38 credits of core dance courses and a minimum of 18 credits of courses pertaining to his or her declared emphasis. In addition, all students in the BFA program are required to take 9 credits of dance electives and fulfill the 37-credit college-wide Liberal Arts and Sciences requirement, including the Chinese language requirement.