Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance Performance

Immerse Yourself in Dance

The Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) program in Dance Performance develops technically sound, intellectually diverse and creatively expressive dance artists and scholars who can contribute significantly to the art form and society. The curriculum provides students with opportunities for strong and varied technical preparation in contemporary dance forms including modern, ballet, jazz, and improvisation.

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Reasons to Choose Kent State

  • The Kent Dance Ensemble (KDE) - a pre-professional contemporary dance company, housed within a vibrant School of Theatre and Dance.
  • An impressive professional faculty offer a BFA focused on performance and choreography.
  • A BA in Dance Studies that allows one to complete a double major!
  • An ongoing roster of professional guest artists including choreographers, instructors and lecturers representing a wide range of dance styles and career perspectives.
  • A balanced curricular approach that combines rigorous training with academic excellence nurturing tomorrow's dance artists and scholars.
  • Small enough to provide personalized training and large enough to offer access to a world of possibilities!

Career Opportunities

The BFA prepares students for careers as performers, creators and presenters. Dancers and choreographers work in a variety of industries, such as public and private educational settings, performing companies, and amusement and recreation venues, such as casinos, theme parks and cruise ships. 

Related areas of employment include dance curation, dance administration, and therapeutic modalities such as dance science and medicine, physical and occupational therapy, dance therapy. 

Admission & Audition Requirements

General Admission for Freshman Students

Students most likely to be admitted and succeed at the Kent Campus have achieved a cumulative high school grade point average of 3.0 or higher (on a 4.0 scale), and whose composite ACT score is 23 or better or an average SAT score of 1130. For more information on admissions, visit the Admissions website for new freshmen.

Apply for Freshman Admission to Kent State

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.

Apply for Transfer Admission to Kent State

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 completed per semester. 

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