Students entering the program should have a strong background and interest in dance. This should include experience in at least two dance styles (ballet, modern or jazz).
Admission into the Major
Admission to the dance major is by audition only. For information on the audition process, contact The University of Alabama, Department of Theatre and Dance, Box 870239, Tuscaloosa, AL 35487-0239; or visit as.ua.edu/theatre.
The dance program, accredited by the National Association of Schools of Dance (NASD), adheres to professional standards for technique in classical ballet and modern and jazz dance. The department presents two dance concerts each semester: the Alabama Repertory Dance Theatre (ARDT) and Dance Alabama! concerts. Alabama Repertory Dance Theatre is the pre-professional student dance company that performs classical repertoire as well as contemporary and jazz choreography. Acceptance into the company is by audition only. Dance Alabama! concerts are comprised of student works that are chosen by dance faculty adjudication. Dance Alabama! is a theatrical venue designed to showcase serious choreography that is conceptually original, technically proficient and well crafted. Participation in ARDT and Dance Alabama! is open to dance majors and non-majors. Dance students who excel in dance and academics are also eligible for acceptance into the national dance honor society, Nu Delta Alpha.
Students earning the bachelor of arts (BA) degree with a major in dance must complete all University, College and departmental degree requirements. These include the general education requirements, the following major requirements, all requirements for an approved minor and other sufficient credits to total a minimum of 120 applicable semester hours.
|DN 211 or||Modern Dance II-A||3|
|DN 212||Modern Dance II-B|
|DN 251 or||Jazz Technique II-A||3|
|DN 252||Jazz Technique II-B|
|Select two of the following:||6|
|Ballet Technique I-A|
|Ballet Technique I-B|
|Ballet Technique II-A|
|Ballet Technique II-B|
|Credit Hours Subtotal:||12|
|Select 12 hours of DN courses at 300/400 level||12|
|Select six hours of DN or DNCA electives 1||6|
|Credit Hours Subtotal:||18|
|Grades in ancillary courses are not computed into the major GPA. The major in dance requires the successful completion of the following course outside the major:|
|DNCA 240||Choreography I||3|
|DNCA 265||Introduction to Anatomy and Kinesiology For Dance||3|
|DNCA 470||History Of Dance I||3|
|DNCA 471||History of Dance II||3|
|TH 324||Lighting and Sound for Dance||3|
|Credit Hours Subtotal:||15|
Excluding DNCA courses counted for ancillary requirement.
Grade Point Average
A 2.0 grade point average in the major is required for completion of the degree. Please see the Grades and Grade Points section of this catalog for an explanation on grade point average calculations.
A minimum of 12 hours in 300- and 400-level courses in the major must be earned on this campus.
This major requires the completion of a minor. A minor in theatre or business is recommended.
Additional Major Requirements
Dance majors must reach a proficiency level of 300 in the major technique (modern, ballet or jazz) and 200 in the secondary technique (modern, ballet or jazz) before graduation. Dance majors must participate in all program auditions. Students are responsible for ensuring that they have met all University, College, major and minor requirements. However, each student must meet with an adviser in the major department for academic planning and to be approved for registration each semester. College advisers are also available for additional assistance with minor, College and University requirements.
Career opportunities include performing with professional dance companies (ballet, modern and/or jazz), Broadway/off Broadway/touring productions, cruise lines, commercial/television, teaching/running a private dance studio and freelance choreography. Students are also prepared to enter graduate programs in dance for the purpose of teaching at colleges and universities.
Types of Jobs Accepted
Graduates of the University of Alabama dance program have accepted jobs in dance performance, choreography, dance instruction and administration.
Jobs of Experienced Alumni
Our alumni have worked in professional venues such as the Radio City Rockettes, Gus Giordano, Alabama Ballet, Complexions, Disney Productions, national Broadway tours, cruise lines, freelance choreography and top graduate schools, as well as running their own private studios.