Department of Dance

BFA in Classical Chinese Dance

Fei Tian’s BFA program in classical Chinese dance offers world-class pre-professional intensive and systematic training to develop professional artists of classical Chinese dance. This program is designed to equip its graduates with the knowledge, techniques, and abilities needed to perform, choreograph, or teach classical Chinese dance professionally.

Goals of the program include:

  • Prepare students for successful careers in performance, choreography, and/or teaching of classical Chinese dance.
  • Help students develop a genuine appreciation for the beauty and depth of classical Chinese dance.
  • Nurture in students the integrity and ethicality necessary for building and sustaining a successful professional career.
  • Provide students opportunities to gain real-world performance experience, in order to better prepare them for careers related to the field.

The academic requirements for graduation are the successful completion of the degree requirements with a minimum overall GPA of 2.0 and a minimum major GPA of 2.5.

Summary of Degree Requirements for the BFA in Classical Chinese Dance

Components Required Credits
Major Core 70
Major Concentration 20
Major Electives 9
General Education 30
Total 129

The major core courses include intensive foundational training in the four component areas of classical Chinese dance, as well as training in Chinese ethnic and folk dance styles and the study of well-known dance repertoire. These courses also lay foundational knowledge in areas related to dance performance, including music, dance composition, dance history, and dance science. This major core curriculum equips students with technical and performance skills as well as the knowledge to develop their artistry and enhance their understanding of the profound cultural implications of classical Chinese dance.

Major Core Requirements for the BFA in Classical Chinese Dance (70 credits)

Course Code Course Title Credits
DAN101R Fundamentals of Classical Chinese Dance I 3
DAN201R Fundamentals of Classical Chinese Dance II 3
DAN301R Fundamentals of Classical Chinese Dance III 4
DAN401R Fundamentals of Classical Chinese Dance IV 4
DAN102R Shen Yun I 1.5
DAN202R Shen Yun II 1.5
DAN302R Shen Yun III 1.5
DAN402R Shen Yun IV 1.5
DAN103R Special Techniques in Chinese Dance I 1
DAN203R Special Techniques in Chinese Dance II 1
DAN104R Chinese Folk and Ethnic Dance I 1
DAN204R Chinese Folk and Ethnic Dance II 1
DAN304R Chinese Folk and Ethnic Dance III 1.5
DAN404R Chinese Folk and Ethnic Dance IV 1.5
DAN121R Performing and Acting 2
MUS110 Music for Dancers 3
DAN221R Repertory and Rehearsal I (repeat once) 1
DAN232 Mind, Body, and Dance 2
DAN311A Dance Pedagogy A 2
DAN312A Choreography A 2
DAN312B Choreography B 2
DAN342 History of Dance: East and West 2

By the beginning of the junior year, students must declare a concentration: Performance and Choreography, Dance Pedagogy, or Dance Production. Major advisors and the department Chair may assist students in making an appropriate choice. The declaration process involves filing a completed declaration form at the Office of Admissions and Records.

Major Concentration Requirements for Performance and Choreography (20 credits)

Course Code Course Title Credits
DAN321R Repertory and Rehearsal II (repeat once) 1.5
DAN421R Repertory and Rehearsal III (repeat once) 2
DAN412A Advanced Choreography 2
DAN412B Independent Study in Choreography 2
DAN424 Music Literature in Chinese Dance 2
DAN430 Stagecraft and Dance Production 2
Select one of the following
DAN450 Research Paper 4
DAN451 Senior Production 4
DAN455 Advanced Dance Practicum IV 4

Major Concentration Requirements for Dance Pedagogy (20 credits)

Course Code Course Title Credits
DAN311B Dance Pedagogy B 3
DAN341 Policies and Standards in Dance Education 1
DAN352 Classical Chinese Dance Pedagogy-peer observation 2
DAN403 Repertory and Analysis 2
DAN410 Educational Psychology in Context 2
DAN411 Dance in Education 1
DAN413 Principles of Guidance; Pedagogy 3
DAN430 Stagecraft and Dance Production 2
DAN452 Dance Teaching Practicum 4

Major Concentration Requirements for Dance Production (20 credits)

Course Code Course Title Credits
LAS272 Drawing I 2
LAS273 Drawing II 2
SPD212 Scenic and Set Design I 3
SPD213 Lighting Design and Production I 3
SPD327 Rendering and Projection Techniques 2
SPD330 Introduction to Stage Management 3
DAN350 Independent Study in Dance: Production 1

All BFA students majoring in classical Chinese dance must complete 9 credits of coursework in major or major-related electives.

Major Electives (9 credits)

Course Code Course Title Credits
DAN155 Dance Practicum I 3
DAN155 Dance Practicum I 3
DAN255 Dance Practicum II 3
DAN355 Dance Practicum III 3
DAN350 Independent Study in Dance 1-4
DAN370 Internship 1-3
LAS272 Drawing I 2
LAS273 Drawing II 2
LAS312 Chinese Calligraphy and Painting 2
MUS102A Keyboard Skills A 1
MUS102B Keyboard Skills B 1
MUS111A Western Music Theory A 2
MUS111B Western Music Theory B 2

Sample BFA graduation plans for each concentration are available at the Office of Academic Services. Students are encouraged to meet with their academic advisors for individualized graduation planning.