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  Nov 24, 2017
 
2017-2018 General Catalog

School of Dance


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The University of Utah is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Dance (NASD).

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Dance Office: MCD 106
Mailing Address: 330 S. 1500 E., Rm. 106, Salt Lake City, UT 84112- 0280
Phone: 801-581-7327
Website: www.dance.utah.edu
E-mail: info@dance.utah.edu

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The School of Dance offers a wide array of dance courses with separate degree programs focused on the discrete disciplines of ballet and modern dance. While honoring the esteemed legacies of these two dance forms, both of which the University of Utah began teaching over 60 years ago, the School is also forging into the future - providing expanding opportunities and collaborations between the two forms.  Consistently recognized as a premier site for dance nationally and internationally, the School attracts students from across the country and world. The School offers in-depth study for those with serious aspirations for professional careers in dance as performers, choreographers, teachers, videographers, scholars, and administrators. Acceptance to the School is by audition only. Once admitted, the student will find an experienced, dedicated faculty that has high standards of professional excellence and that nurtures and challenges talented students through rigorous and demanding programs of study.  It is the School’s conviction that such training prepares students not only to be vital, exciting artists, but also to be creative human beings committed to the enrichment of society. The School serves as an effective bridge between academia and the world of professional dance with many ties to local and regional professional companies. Our alumni are found around the globe as performers, choreographers, university faculty, administrators, and solo artists.

Undergraduate Program

The School of Dance offers the following undergraduate degrees in Ballet and Modern Dance: BFA Ballet, BFA - Ballet Teaching Emphasis, HBFA - Honors Ballet, HBFA - Honors Teaching Emphasis Ballet, BFA Modern Dance, BFA -Teaching Emphasis Modern Dance, HBFA - Honors Modern Dance, HBFA - Honors Teaching Emphasis Modern Dance, as well as a Minor in Modern Dance, and a Ballet Studio Teaching Certificate.  For more information regarding each separate degree including Program and Course Offerings, refer to the appropriate sections under ballet or modern dance at www.dance.utah.edu. 

Teaching Certification

The Ballet Teaching Certificate prepares graduates to teach for and manage private studios as well as prepares them for advanced study in the field. In addition, for those students majoring in Modern Dance, dual certification enables students to expand the grade levels at which they are qualified to teach in the public schools. Please refer to the College of Education Secondary Teacher Licensure section of this catalog for information on teaching major requirements.

Admission Requirements

There are additional admission requirements for these programs.  Please see the program pages for more information.

All applicants must submit an application for admission to the University to the Admissions Office and a separate application to the School of Dance. All applicants must audition either in person or by video, although an in person audition is strongly encouraged.

Special Opportunities

An average of ten fully produced performances and numerous informal presentations each year give dance majors substantial performance and choreographic opportunities. A variety of guest artists regularly teach and create new choreography or re-stage master works for dance majors. In addition, students and faculty are encouraged to collaborate with artists in other departments, providing a rich creative environment. Performing opportunities include Utah Ballet and Performing Dance Company, both of which provide a taste of the professional dance world within the University setting. Members are selected by audition.  Other performance opportunities include Character Dance Ensemble, Ballet Showcase, Senior Showcases in both ballet and modern dance, Graduate Student Performances that often feature undergraduate performers, an annual Celebration of Jazz Dance performance, and several student organized performances throughout the year in the experimental theatre. Students have other enriching opportunities to engage in dance off-stage with service and teaching projects locally, nationally, and internationally.

Graduate Program

The School of Dance offers an MFA in Modern Dance.  Please see the Program and Course Offerings section. The School also offers a Screendance Certificate program at the graduate level in partnership with the Department of Film & Media Arts.

Admission

There are additional admission requirements for these programs. Please see the program pages for more information.

All applicants must submit an application for admission to the University to the Admissions Office and a separate MFA Modern Dance application to the School of Dance. All applicants must audition either in person or by video, although an in person audition is strongly encouraged.

Areas of Research

The School offers multiple areas of research that include but are not limited to: choreography, performance, education, kinesiology, technology, movement in culture, and interdisciplinary and community based projects. Each graduate student is responsible for identifying and developing his/her own research/thesis topic.

Additional Requirements

MFA applicants must have a B (3.0) average in the last two years of undergraduate work; audition for admission to the graduate program; maintain a B average in their departmental course work; receive favorable faculty reviews of projects during the first year of graduate work; present a written thesis proposal; and fulfill any deficiencies in undergraduate requirements.

Programs

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