Dance Major (BA)
Degree requirements. Students earning the bachelor of arts (BA) degree with a major in dance must complete all University, college (see p. 50-52), and departmental degree requirements. These include the general education requirements, the following major requirements, all requirements for an approved minor, and sufficient other credits to total a minimum of 120 applicable semester hours.
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 the Department of Theatre and Dance Web site, www.as.ua.edu/theatre. Students are expected to formally declare a major no later than the fourth semester of full-time enrollment (or at 61 semester hours for transfer students). With the assistance of an advisor in the major department, students should complete the “Declaration of Major” form.
Grade point average. A 2.0 grade point average in the major is required for completion of the degree. The major GPA is calculated based on all courses applicable to the major that the student has attempted at UA and all work attempted applicable to the major throughout the entire higher education career.
Major courses. The major in dance requires the successful completion of the following 36 semester hours:
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Upper-level residency. A minimum of 12 hours in 300- and 400-level courses in the major must be earned on this campus.
Ancillary courses. 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:
Required minor. 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 advisor in the major department for academic planning and to be cleared for registration each semester.
Special opportunities. 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 which performs classical repertoire as well as contemporary and jazz choreography. Acceptance into the company is by audition only. Dane 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.