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B.A. in Interdisciplinary Fine Arts, Dance Arts Track

The Interdisciplinary Fine Arts (INFA)–Dance Arts Track: a four-year, B.A. degree.

This degree is for the dancer who wants to learn to put their passion for dance into practice in ways other than as a professional dancer. The Dance Arts Track can prepare you for entry-level work or graduate school training toward a career in dance and related occupations in the entertainment industry. Competition is keen for dance performers, and this degree should be followed with additional training in order to enter that profession.

All applicants for the Dance Arts Track of the INFA must pass through an audition/interview process once accepted to IUP in order to be accepted into this degree program.

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"There is so much more within the dance discipline beyond performing. Where will you create a career path and a difference in the dance world?"
—Holly Boda-Sutton, Director of Dance, IUP

The audition/interview process for the IFA Dance Arts Track involves the following:

  1. Sixty- to ninety-second dance demonstrating technical proficiency and performance capabilities at the intermediate level of either ballet or modern dance technique
  2. Sixty- to ninety-second dance demonstrating technical proficiency and performance capabilities at the intermediate level in a secondary area selected from ballet, tap, jazz, modern, ballroom, or ethnic styles
  3. Interview with department faculty

Once accepted to IUP, please contact Toni Apryasz by phone (724-357-2965) or e-mail (tonia@iup.edu) to set up an audition/interview date and time.

If there are any questions concerning how to prepare for this audition, please contact Holly Boda-Sutton (hboda@iup.edu) or Joan Van Dyke (jvandyke@iup.edu).

"The INFA-DART program has … helped me to grow as a dancer and performer and expand my knowledge-base of the dance world, … opportunities that have shown me where and how the information we learn in class can be applied to real life. The volunteer opportunities I've been able to participate in … led me to choose a career path as a dance/movement therapist."
—Kristen Schott (alumni now attending graduate school in dance movement/therapy)

Curriculum Overview of B.A. in Interdisciplinary Fine Arts: Dance Arts Track

Liberal Studies: 53 credits

As outlined in Liberal Studies section with the following specifications:

Fine Arts: MUHI 101

Liberal Studies Electives: 9 cr

Major: 35-39 credits [1]

(Courses are three credits unless noted otherwise.)

Required courses:

Dance: 9 cr

DANC 102 — Introduction to Dance

DANC 351 — Choreography

DANC 355 — Dance Production: Administration to Creation

Dance Technique: 17-21 cr

DANC 250 — Beginning Modern Dance

or

DANC 475 — Studio Modern

DANC 260 — Beginning Jazz Dance

or

DANC 485 — Dance Studio Jazz

DANC 270 — Beginning Ballroom and Tap Dance

or

DANC 485 — Dance Studio Ballroom and Tap

DANC 280 — Beginning Ballet

or

DANC 485 — Dance Studio Ballet

DANC 290 — Ethnic Dance

THTR 486 — Practicum in Production: 2-6 cr [2]

Theater: 3 cr

THTR 116 — Fundamentals of Theatrical Design

THTR 122 — Costume Workshop

THTR 221 — Basic Stage Lighting

THTR 223 — Stage Makeup

Ensemble/Production/Exhibition Requirements: 6 cr

MUSC 126 — Music Theater 1-3 cr

THTR 486 — Practicum in Production (Dance, Theater, Musical or Opera) 1-3 cr

THTR 486 — Practicum in Production: Senior Project 2-3 cr

Controlled Electives: 7-11 cr (As Advised)

ART 112 — Fundamentals of Drawing

ART 113 — Three-Dimensional Design

ART 215 — Sculpture

DANC 353 — Dance Curriculum and Instruction

DANC 485 — Dance Studio: Modern

DANC 485 — Dance Studio: Ballet

DANC 485 — Dance Studio: Ballroom and Tap

DANC 485 — Dance Studio: Jazz

FSMR 456 — Historic Costume

HPED 221 — Human Structure and Function

MUSC 110 — Fundamentals of Theory

MUSC 115 — Theory I

MUSC 126 — Music Theater

THTR 116 — Fundamentals of Theatrical Design

THTR 122 — Costume Workshop

THTR 221 — Basic Stage Lighting

THTR 223 — Makeup for the Stage

THTR 321 — Stage Lighting Design

THTR 322 — Costume Design

THTR 486 — Practicum in Production 1-3 cr

Free Electives: 21 credits

Total Degree Requirements: 120 credits

Notes:

  1. The total credits for Major Required and Controlled Electives must be 46.
  2. The foci of these practicum options could be in dance, theater, musical, or opera. In addition, at least two credits would be required for a senior thesis project in practicum in dance production.
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