Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance Performance

Immerse Yourself in Dance

The Bachelor of Fine Arts program in Dance Performance develops technically sound, intellectually diverse and creatively expressive dance artists and educators who can contribute significantly to the art form and society. The curriculum provides students with opportunities for strong and varied technical preparation in modern dance forms, classical ballet, jazz styles, improvisation and composition as well as opportunities for performance and the presentation of original choreography.  The program also provides students with experiences in other art forms and disciplines, with required courses in acting, music and anatomy.


Career Opportunities

The Dance Performance program prepares students for careers as professional dancers, choreographers and dance educators. Dancers and choreographers work in a variety of industries, such as public and private educational services, which includes dance studios and schools, as well as colleges and universities; performing arts companies, which include dance, theater, and opera companies; and amusement and recreation venues, such as casinos and theme parks. 

Related areas of employment include fitness facilities and therapeutic modalities such as dance science and medicine, physical and occupational therapy, dance therapy, massage therapy.  Concert dance performance supports careers in theatre: stage management, designing for costumes, lights, sets and sound, and in arts administration.

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Admission & Audition Requirements

General Admission for Freshman Students

Students most likely to be admitted and succeed at the Kent Campus are those who have graduated with at least 16 units of the recommended college preparatory curriculum in high school, who have achieved a cumulative high school grade point average of 2.5 or higher (on a 4.0 scale), and whose composite ACT score is 21 or better (980 combined critical reading and math SAT score). For more information on admissions, visit the Admissions website for new freshmen.

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General Admission for Transfer Students

Generally, a transfer applicant who has taken 12 or more semester hours with a college cumulative GPA of at least 2.0 on a 4.0 scale may be admitted. An applicant who has taken fewer than 12 semester hours will be evaluated on both collegiate and high school records. For more information on admissions, visit the Admissions website for transfer students.

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Dance Program Audition 

Students that wish to enroll in the Dance Performance program at Kent State University must also complete a separate application for admission to the Dance Performance program and participate in a Dance audition.

Dance Audition Requirements and Instructions


Degree Requirements

Students in the Dance Performance program must complete a minimum of 120 credit hours and maintain a minimum 2.75 GPA in major courses and overall 2.5 GPA to graduate. The Dance Performance program can be successfully completed in 4 years (8 semesters) if a minimum of 15-17 credit hours are taken per semester. 

In addition to 36 credit hours taken in Kent Core requirements, Dance Performance majors can expect to take courses in modern dance and ballet technique, dance composition, dance mechanics, dance history, jazz styles, music fundamentals, anatomy and physiology, and dance production. Dance Performance students are required to complete a minimum of eight semesters of modern dance and ballet technique courses, successfully completing the III-B level course in each category. Students will also complete dance practicums and a senior choreography project.

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