Performing Arts

SCHOOL OF ARTS & COMMUNICATION

DANCE

B.F.A. in Dance


The Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Dance offers rigorous conservatory-style training for passionate, curious and ambitious students committed to pursuing careers in the professional dance world.

This modern-based program provides students with a solid foundation in ballet while exposing them to the breadth of contemporary modern and post-modern dance techniques. This emphasis on training, along with our singular Dance Wellness program, has put us at the forefront of dance medicine as applied to the wellbeing of future dance artists.

The core B.F.A. includes:

  • Modern Techniques
  • Ballet
  • Improvisation and Choreography
  • Music for Dance
  • Dance History
  • Anatomy and Kinesiology for the Dancer
  • Dance Wellness
  • Repertory
  • Ensemble

Every Dance major is strongly encouraged to take advantage of performance opportunities on campus throughout the academic year. The Department sponsors annual Winter and Spring concerts, and a monthly showcase of works-in-progress known as the Rising Artists Workshop (RAWorkshop) Series.


Faculty

Our faculty is comprised of some of the finest teachers and dance professionals New York City has to offer, drawn from world-renowned companies. Small class sizes provide our students with individualized attention and a personal learning atmosphere.

Dance Faculty

Guest Artists

Students work with renowned guest artists throughout the semester, culminating in a final performance of a new piece and/or a reconstruction.

Previous guest artists include:

  • Bill T. Jones
  • Twyla Tharp
  • Donald Byrd
  • Stephen Petronio
  • Ronald K. Brown
  • Doug Varone
  • Jennifer Muller
  • Jawolle Willa Jo Zollar
  • Earl Mosley
  • Kevin Wynn

Performance Opportunities

Starting in the first semester of freshman year, every dance major is strongly encouraged to take advantage of performance opportunities on campus throughout the academic year.

The Dance Department sponsors the following events:

Winter Concert

An exciting program of new modern and contemporary dance by guest artists, as well as re-staging of well-known modern dance repertoire.

Spring Concert

A program highlighting new work from guest artists, as well as selected new pieces choreographed by students.

Rising Artist Workshop

A showcase of works-in-progress choreographed by dance majors, the Rising Artist workshops gives students creative space to take risks and stretch their  boundaries.


Dance Facilities

Kumble Theater

The Winter and Spring Concerts take place on campus in the Kumble Theatre, a beautiful 327-seat state of the art venue designed to nourish artistic exploration and development by students and other emerging artists. Impeccably crafted for the dramatic and technical demands of dance, this elegant theater provides finely tuned acoustics and top-tier lighting and projection. With a stage featuring a sprung floor extending to the seating area, the theater fosters an intimacy between performers and their audiences.

Pratt 602 and 601

Our two primary studios provide a great source of natural lighting and a beautiful view of the Manhattan Skyline.

H109

Located on the ground floor of the Humanities Building, the H109 studio space includes dressing rooms and provides close proximity to The Kumble Theater.


Alumni

Graduates from our program have performed with dance companies around the country, such as Pilobolous, Ronald K. Brown/Evidence, Urban Bush Women, Philadanco, Sean Curran, Jennifer Muller/The Works, Ailey II, Graham II and Earl Mosley/Diversity of Dance, to name a few. Some have started their own dance companies, while others have gone on to pursue an M.F.A. in dance or a career in teaching.

Alumni Spotlight - Krystal Butler


Alumni Spotlight - Carley Marholin

Photo credits: Stephen Delas Heras, Jordan Matter, Judith Stuart


Admissions Requirements

In order to apply to the BFA in Dance program, an audition is required. 

International students and domestic students who are unable to audition on site may submit a video audition, although an in-person audition is strongly recommended.

Audition Dates:

Audition dates for students entering Fall 2019 will be as follows:

On-Campus:

Friday, November 9th

Friday, November 30th 

Saturday, February 9th

Saturday, April 6th

Friday, April 26th 

Additional Dance Information

Additional Materials:

Students should prepare a one-page essay on why they wish to pursue a degree in Dance, and what their personal artistic goals are. Students should also submit a full body photo and dance resume.

How to Apply:

To submit an application, please complete the following two steps:

  1. Click here to submit an application to LIU Brooklyn
  2. Click here to submit an application to the LIU Brooklyn Dance Department through Acceptd
Contact:

To or ask questions about the program or to schedule an on-campus visit, please email bkln-dance@liu.edu

Curriculum

B.F.A. in Dance - Sample Course of Study

First Year: 33 Credits

Fall

Credits

Spring

Credits

DNC 100 – Freshman Seminar: Dance Literacy

2

DNC 121 - Improvisation

2

DNC 131 – Ballet Level 3.1

3

DNC 132 –Ballet level 3.2

3

DNC 141 M - Modern Lvl 3.1A

3

DNC 142M – Modern Lvl 3.2A

3

DNC 145 –Modern Lvl 3.1B  

2

DNC 146- Modern Lvl 3.2B

3

DNC 151 - Wellness Lvl 1.1

1

DNC 152 – Wellness Lvl 1.2

1

DNC 170 –Theater Production

2

DNC 160 – Music for Dance

3

ENG 16 – English Composition

3

ENG 61, 62, 63 or 64 –English lit.

3

Total

16

 

17

Second Year: 30 Credits

Fall

Credits

Spring

Credits

DNC 122 –Choreography I

2

DNC 221 –Choreography 2

2

DNC 133 –Ballet Level 4.1

3

DNC 134 – Ballet Level 4.2

3

DNC 143M - Modern Lvl 4.1 A

3

DNC 144M –Modern Lvl 4.2.A

3

DNC 147 – Modern Lvl4.1B

2

DNC 148 -  Modern Lvl 2.2

2

DNC 215A - Ensemble

1

DNC 215 - Ensemble

1

BIO 3 – Laboratory Science

4

BIO 137 – Human Anatomy

4

Total

15

 

15

Third Year: 29 Credits

Fall

Credits

Spring

Credits

DNC 231-  Ballet lvl 5.1

2

DNC 206 –Dance History

3

DNC 241 M – Modern Lvl 5.1

3

DNC 232 –Ballet lvl 5.2

2

DNC 245 – Tech/Rep Lvl 5.1

3

DNC 242M Modern Lvl 5.2

3

SPS 151 -Kinesiology

3

DNC Tech/Rep lvl 5.2b

3

HIS 1 - History

3

MTH 15 or 16  - Math

4

Total

14

 

15

Fourth Year: 28 Credits

Fall

Credits

Spring

Credits

DNC 233 – Ballet Lvl 6.1

2

DNC 234 –Ballet lvl 6.2

2

DNC 243 Modern Lvl 6.1

3

DNC 244M –Modern Lvl 6.2

3

DNC 247 Tech/Rep Lvl 6.1

3

DNC 248 - Tech/Rep lvl 6.2

3

Social Science Core Requirement

3

Social Science Core Requirement

3

PHI 61: Philosophy 61 or 62

3

SPE 3 – Oral Communication

3

Total

14

 

14

Total: 120 Credits

CONTACT

Richard L. Conolly
College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

Scott Krawczyk, Dean