B.F.A. in Dance
The Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Dance offers rigorous, conservatory-style training for those interested in pursuing careers as professional dancers.
This modern-based program provides students with a 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.
Small class sizes provide majors with individualized attention from the professional faculty, which is drawn from the finest dance companies in New York City. Students also work regularly with guest artists from whom they learn historical and current repertory.
The core B.F.A. includes:
- Modern Techniques
- Improvisation and Choreography
- World Dance
- Music for Dance
- Dance History
- Anatomy and Kinesiology for the Dancer
- Dance Wellness
Finally, 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.
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.
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
- Monica Barnes
- Donna Uchizono
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:
An exciting program of new modern and contemporary dance by guest artists, as well as re-staging of well-known modern dance repertoire.
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.
Outside of the university, our students have performed at the following events :
ACDA College Dance Festival
Students from the LIU Brooklyn Dance Department have performed at the ACDA College Dance Festival, which recognizes and encourages excellence in performance and choreography in higher education.
2016 ACDA Performance
Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival
Our dance majors have been invited to perform at the prestigious Jacobs Pillow Dance Festival as part of the Inside/Out Series:
2016 Jacobs Pillow Performance
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.
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.