The Department of Dance is dedicated to providing programs of excellence
based on a Liberal Arts education. Training includes dance technique, creative
projects, historical and theoretical thinking, performance, and aesthetics
taught by a highly qualified, terminally degreed faculty. The dance department
offers pre-professional opportunities that motivate the student to achieve
his/her academic and artistic potential. The National Association of Schools of
Dance accredits academic programs in dance at Jacksonville University.
- Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Dance
- Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) with a Major in Dance
The Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in dance offers the student intensive
training in technique and choreography with the flexibility to study in depth in
other fields and disciplines. The Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degree with a
major in dance offers a four-year pre-professional program of study, preparing
the student for a professional career as performer or choreographer in a
dance-related field. Opportunities are provided for the student to gain the
necessary practical experience in dance performance, choreography, pedagogy,
research, and technical proficiency skills.
Dance students must meet the following requirements:
- All students wishing to major in dance must successfully complete an
audition and admittance into the program before declaring either dance degree.
- All dance majors are required to register for a minimum two (2) technique
classes each semester until technique requirements are fulfilled.
- All dance majors are required to fulfill the College of Fine Arts sophomore
review requirement before completion of 64 credit hours.
- The University speech-intensive requirement will be fulfilled by completion
of DANC 420SI.
- The University writing-intensive requirement will be fulfilled by completion
of DANC DANC 318WI.
- All students wishing to enroll in dance technique classes above the
100-level must have fulfilled the prerequisites, attend a placement class, or
receive permission from the instructor.
- All dance majors participating in a Dance Concert, are required to register
for a minimum of one technique course that corresponding semester.
AUDITIONS, PLACEMENT AND SCHOLARSHIPS
acceptance to the University, prospective dance majors must audition in person
or by submission
of a video-recorded performance. Auditions in person are
scheduled several times throughout the academic year by taking a placement class
during a Fine Arts open house. Placement in technique courses is then
established. Auditions are used to determine possible scholarship awards.
Limited dance scholarship recommendations and dance service grant awards are
available. Audition appointments may be arranged with the Office of