Dance

What is a Dance Major?

Dance, the most ancient of the arts, is a vital and exciting art form that has been an integral part of all cultures throughout time. A language of expression based on movement, dance allows us to communicate with one another in a fundamental way.

“To dance is to live” is a familiar phrase and, indeed, dance is a basic and important part of many individuals’ existence. However, an extreme amount of discipline, inspiration, and daring are required to become a dancer.

At UCSB, the Theater and Dance Department offers two degrees in Dance: Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) and the Bachelor of Arts (BA). Both programs are studio centered and emphasize performance and choreography. Both require daily classes in modern dance and ballet. Program coursework includes theoretical as well as technical aspects of dance, and allows for breadth of experience in related arts and sciences. The BFA degree is the more specialized and highly structured of the two programs. It is designed for students who aspire to professional performing or choreographic careers. The BA is less specialized, less structured, and has fewer major requirements than the BFA. The BA allows students to undertake coursework in related fields in order to prepare themselves for alternative dance careers such as dance therapy, dance administration, dance history, and dance education.

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