BFA in Performance and Choreography
- Students applying for the dance program must have previous training in ballet and/or modern dance.
- Applicants will be admitted, upon approval of the dance faculty, following mandatory auditions by the prospective student.
- All applicants who are accepted to the Dance Division will be admitted on a provisional basis and officially enter the dance program after the completion of the first two semesters. If evidence shows that the BFA dance major is not a good fit for the program, dancers will be counseled to pursue another degree or a more suitable dance program at the time of end of year conferences.
Transfer who are admitted into the dance program are expected to fulfill all requirements of the BFA degree. The Dance Division will recognize as many transferable credits as possible, but curriculum and curricular standards must be fulfilled, possibly resulting in additional semesters of study.
The UMKC General Education Core is the university-wide curriculum that all undergraduate students will complete. The 30-credit hour core curriculum includes three course types designated as Anchor, Discourse and Focus and is detailed in the General Education section of the catalog.
Every undergraduate student must take a course covering the United States Constitution and the Missouri State Constitution before graduation. Course options are included in the program requirements section below.
Candidates for all baccalaureate degrees must complete the online UMKC RooWriter Writing Assessment after they have passed Discourse 200 (or its equivalent) but before they have attained 90 credit hours. Incoming transfer students with more than 90 credit hours must complete the RooWriter by the end of their first semester of enrollment or within one semester after passing Discourse 200 (or its equivalent). Students who have not completed the RooWriter Writing Assessment within two semesters after passing Discourse 200 (or its equivalent) will be blocked from enrollment until they successfully complete the RooWriter. Additional information is available in the Undergraduate Academic Regulations and Information section of the catalog.
Information on exit examinations and/or major field exams is available in the Undergraduate Academic Regulations and Information section of the catalog.
Student Learning Outcomes
Students graduating from this program will:
- Demonstrate the fine technical skills of a professional performing dance artist.
- Synthesize advanced choreographic skills with compositional form.
- Employ the expressive skills of a professional performing dance artist.
- Produce original choreography with the use of appropriate production elements.
- Show an understanding of dance in an historical, cultural, and stylistic context.
Program Specific Recommendations for UMKC General Education Core Coursework
|Anchor I (ANCH 103 Recommended) 1||3|
|Anchor II 1||3|
|Anchor III 1||3|
|DISC 100||Discourse I: Reasoning and Values (Speech and Writing)||3|
|DISC 200||Discourse II: Culture and Diversity (Writing and Speech)||3|
|DISC 300||Discourse III: Civic and Community Engagement (Speech and Writing)||3|
|Focus A (Satisfied in program requirements below)|
|Focus B 1||3|
|Focus C (May be satisfied by the Constitution course requirement below)|
|Focus Elective (Satisfied in program requirements below) 1|
|'Total credits' in this section indicates tht number of General Education Core credit hours that are not met by the degree specific requirements outlined below.|
See the UMKC General Education Core section of the catalog for available Anchor and Focus course options.
Constitution Course Requirements
Section 170.011.1 of the Missouri Revised Statutes, 2015, states that all candidates for a degree issued by a college or university in the state of Missouri must have “satisfactorily passed an examination on the provisions and principles of the Constitution of the United States and of the state of Missouri, and in American history and American institutions.”
Courses at UMKC that satisfy this state requirement are:
|Choose one of the following:||3|
|The Supreme Court And The Criminal Process|
|U.S. History to 1877 (Focus C) 1|
|U.S. History Since 1877 (Focus C) 1|
|Constitutional History of the United States|
|Honors American Government (Focus C) 1|
|American Government (Focus C) 1|
Course may satisfy both the UMKC General Education Core (Focus C) and Constitution requirements.
There are a few other ways this requirement can be satisfied for students transferring to UMKC:
- Take an equivalent course from the list above at a regionally accredited institution.
- Earn credit for one of the above courses through AP, IB, or CLEP.
- Take a course that directly satisfies the Missouri Constitution Requirement at another Missouri institution.
- Have a previous bachelors degree (or higher) from a regionally accredited institution.
- Have an Associate of Arts degree from a regionally accredited institution.
- Complete the 42 Hour Core at a Missouri institution and have it listed on the official transcript.
|Ballet Technique and Theory|
|DANCE 141B||Ballet Technique and Theory I||3|
|DANCE 142B||Ballet Technique And Theory II||3|
|DANCE 241B||Ballet Technique And Theory III||3|
|DANCE 242B||Ballet Technique And Theory Iv||3|
|DANCE 341B||Ballet Technique And Theory V||3|
|DANCE 342B||Ballet Technique And Theory Vi||3|
|DANCE 441B||Ballet Technique And Theory Vii||3|
|DANCE 442B||Ballet Technique And Theory Viii||3|
|Modern Technique and Theory|
|DANCE 141M||Modern Dance Technique and Theory I||3|
|DANCE 142M||Modern Dance Technique and Theory II||3|
|DANCE 241M||Modern Dance Technique And Theory III||3|
|DANCE 242M||Modern Technique And Theory Iv||3|
|DANCE 341M||Modern Dance Technique And Theory V||3|
|DANCE 342M||Modern Dance Technique And Theory Vi||3|
|DANCE 441M||Modern Dance Technique And Theory Vii||3|
|DANCE 442M||Modern Dance Technique And Theory Viii||3|
|Dance history, Theory and Related Studies|
|DANCE 107||Dance Production I||1|
|DANCE 108||Dance Production II||1|
|DANCE 118||Analysis of Movement||1|
|DANCE 120||Ballet Pedagogy and Analysis||1|
|DANCE 301||Advanced Movement Analysis for Dancers||3|
|DANCE 304||Fundamentals of Body Alignment and Pilates||1|
|DANCE 305||History Of Dance I||3|
|DANCE 306||History Of Dance II||3|
|DANCE 216||Composition I||2|
|DANCE 218A||Composition II||2|
|DANCE 218B||Composition III||2|
|DANCE 319A||Composition IV||2|
|DANCE 319B||Advanced Choreographic Design,Composition IV||2|
|DANCE 260||Jazz I||1|
|DANCE 261||Jazz II||1|
|DANCE 416A||Performance Techniques I||1|
|DANCE 416B||Performance Techniques II||1|
|DANCE 310||Conservatory Dance Ensemble (6 sesmesters)||6|
|Pas De Deux|
|DANCE 313A||Partnering/Pas De Deux I||1|
|DANCE 313B||Partnering/Pas De Deux II||1|
|DANCE 413A||Advanced Pas De Deux I||1|
|DANCE 413B||Advanced Pas De Deux II||1|
|Ballet Variations/Modern Rep/Men's Classes|
|DANCE 405A||Modern Dance Repertory I||1|
|or DANCE 213C||Men's Class I|
|or DANCE 415A||Variations I|
|DANCE 405B||Modern Dance Repertory II||1|
|or DANCE 213D||Men's Class II|
|or DANCE 415B||Variations II|
|DANCE 414A||Men's Variations I||1|
|or DANCE 415A||Variations I|
|DANCE 415A||Variations I||1|
|or DANCE 415B||Variations II|
|DANCE 493||Senior Capstone Project I||1|
|DANCE 494||Senior Capstone Project II||1|
|CONSVTY 120||Music Appreciation (Focus A)||3|
|ART-HIST 110||Introduction to the History of Art: Pyramids to Picasso||3|
Throughout their programs of study, all dancers are expected to maintain general physical fitness and dance aesthetic as prescribed by the dance faculty. Health and dance aesthetic requirements, and many other details, are contained in the Conservatory Dance Student Handbook that is furnished to all dance students.
GPA Minimum: 2.0
Total Credit hours: 125
Tools for Planning and Fulfilling Academic Requirements
UMKC's Major Maps are detailed, semester by semester plans that lead a student to complete all degree requirements within four years. Plans include benchmarks and critical courses by term that assist a student’s evaluation of progress and major “fit”. In order to ensure that the appropriate courses are taken, students are encouraged to consult with the undergraduate advisor for this major.
UMKC’s Degree Audit System provides an individual evaluation of all degree requirements (General Education Core, Degree Specific, Major Specific, etc.) for student’s officially recorded (Office of Registration and Records) and “what if” plans of study. This evaluation is used to certify all graduation requirements.