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Solo dancer. The Department of Theatre, Drama, and Contemporary Dance is pleased to offer a B.F.A. in Dance. The major includes dance technique, repertory, improvisation, composition, pedagogy, history, music, production, movement analysis, injury prevention, and Pilates certification. In addition, students take a strong academic core, completing requirements in arts and humanities.

The program is supported by three full-time faculty and several adjuncts within the Department of Theatre, Drama, and Contemporary Dance; professors from the Department of African American and African Diaspora Studies, the Department of Kinesiology, and the School of Music also teach in the major. Additionally, one or more guest artists of national and international reputation work with students each year, setting choreography and teaching in the curriculum.

Although the program is based in modern and contemporary dance, students also study ballet and world dance forms, and can elect to study musical theatre, tap, and jazz. Students have technique classes and repertory rehearsals daily, as well as work with their own creative forms several days a week.

All majors are performing members of the Indiana University Contemporary Dance Theatre, and perform in the faculty/guest artist concert as well as dance in student works. Seniors produce a concert each fall. Students can find other performing opportunities with the opera, musical theatre program, the African American Dance Company, and Bloomington’s local modern dance company, Windfall Dancers. Dance majors also have opportunities to perform nationally and internationally at various festivals and conferences.

Indiana University also offers several minors which nicely compliment the dance major Dancers using technologyand students can also pursue a pre-physical therapy track. Minors in Business, or the Liberal Arts Management Program offered by the College of Arts and Sciences also may be of interest.

The dance major is a program rich in artistic integrity and disciplined dance training, but also provides a strong academic and theoretical core which is essential to producing wholly integrated artists and successful dance professionals. An audition is required for acceptance into the dance major offered by the Department of Theatre, Drama, and Contemporary Dance. 

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