THE UNIVERSITY OF AKRON
Explore the UA Dance Program
The University of Akron Dance Program offers students traditional technical training combined with an academic program leading to a Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) degree in Dance or Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree in Dance with a Business Cognate. A minor in dance is also available.
Furthermore, a fifth-year option is available in which students can be licensed to teach dance in public schools, grades pre-K through 12.
The UA Dance Program prepares students for:
- performing careers
- teaching careers
- graduate studies in fields related to dance such as arts administration (available at The University of Akron School of Dance, Theatre, and Arts Administration), physical therapy, dance therapy, dance history, dance ethnology, or dance education
Dance Program credit and time policy
In the dance program, lecture courses meet for 50-minute per credit hour each week for 15 weeks, with the expectation of two hours of work per credit outside of class. Majors level dance technique classes meet for a minimum of 100-minute per credit hour each week for 15 weeks.
Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) in Dance
This degree track is for the student who wishes to pursue professional training in dance through an emphasis on ballet technique. The curriculum includes training in technical, performing and choreographic skills, as well as an in-depth knowledge of dance history. Placement is by audition.
To be admitted to the B.F.A. degree program, students must successfully pass the B.F.A. audition. Typically, students register for the B.F.A. Audition after completing two years of study. Students must complete one full year of Ballet VIII and must be enrolled in ballet technique class each semester until they satisfy their technique requirements.
To learn more about the B.F.A. in Dance curriculum, click the following link.
Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Dance with Business Cognate
This degree track is for students who wish to pursue dance training through an emphasis in the four major dance idioms of ballet, modern, jazz, and tap. The program also offers course work in choreography, history, physical analysis, and pedagogy. A placement audition is required for all incoming students.
The first step to becoming a dance major is to be admitted to The University of Akron and to declare dance as your intended major. All prospective dance majors enter the program provisionally and are reviewed by the full-time dance faculty through a Freshman Jury and Interview at the end of the freshman year. Typically, students register for the Freshman Jury and Interview (7910:201) during their second semester of study. Students successfully passing the Freshman Jury and Interview are admitted into the Buchtel College of Arts and Sciences as B.A. in Dance majors. All dance majors are required to study dance technique every semester they are enrolled until they satisfy their technique requirements.
To learn more about the B.A in Dance with Business Cognate, click the following link.
Multi-age License to Teach Dance in Ohio Public Schools, Pre-K through 12
This program licenses dance educators to teach dance in Ohio public schools, grades pre-K through 12. The program is offered in conjunction with the College of Education at The University of Akron.
The University of Akron has approved dance as a minor field of study that may be placed on a student’s record when all requirements have been completed.
Additional information on majors and minors, such course descriptions, may be found in the undergraduate bulletin.