The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley

Dance, Bachelor of Fine Arts

The Dance Program holds placement auditions for future technique courses. Entry auditions are required for acceptance into the BFA program. 

Core Curriculum – 42 Hours

The Core Curriculum serves as a broad foundation for the undergraduate degree. All candidates for a bachelor’s degree must achieve core student learning outcomes, including communication, critical thinking, empirical and quantitative skills, teamwork, personal responsibility and social responsibility, by completing courses within each category or component area of the Core Curriculum as outlined below.

The University has approved specific courses that satisfy Core Curriculum Requirements. Approved courses can be found on the Core Curriculum Page. Students seeking the most efficient way to complete the core curriculum and major or minor requirements are advised to take approved courses that can fulfill both requirements. Although core curriculum courses can also be used to fulfill major or minor requirements, earned credits hours are only applied once. The courses listed below fulfill core curriculum and major requirements. Students who have completed a core curriculum category with courses other than those listed below will still be required to take the listed course(s) to meet major requirements.

030 Life and Physical Sciences – 6 hours

BIOL 2401Anatomy and Physiology I

4

BIOL 2402Anatomy and Physiology II

4

Three credit hours from the lecture component of BIOL 2401 and BIOL 2402 will be applied towards this requirement.

050 Creative Arts – 3 hours

Choose any except DANC 2323 Dance Appreciation

090 Integrative and Experiential Learning – 6 hours

BIOL 2401Anatomy and Physiology I

4

BIOL 2402Anatomy and Physiology II

4

One credit hour from the lab component of BIOL 2401 and BIOL 2402 will be applied towards this requirement.

Major Requirements – 78 Hours

Required Courses - 42 hours

Required:

DANC 1351Introduction to Dance

3

DANC 1202Dance Improvisation

2

DANC 2303Music for Dancers

3

DANC 3301Choreography I

3

DANC 3302Choreography II

3

DANC 3308Dance History

3

DANC 3311Dance Production

3

DANC 3312Dance Philosophy and Criticism

3

DANC 3313World Dance

3

DANC 3320Dance Science

3

DANC 3121Dance Science Lab

1

DANC 4302Senior Project

3

DANC 4309Dance Theory

3

DANC 1202 Dance Improvisation has a co-requisite of [DANC 2246 Modern Dance I or 2345 Modern Dance I] or [DANC 3246 Modern Dance II or DANC 3345 Modern Dance II] or [DANC 4246 Modern Dance III or DANC 4345 Modern Dance III]         

DANC 4309 has a prerequisite of [DANC 3246 Modern Dance II or DANC 3345 Modern Dance II] or [DANC 4246 Modern Dance IIII or DANC 4345 Modern Dance III] or [DANC 3242 Ballet II or DANC 3244 Ballet Technique: Pointe I or DANC 3341 Ballet II] or [DANC 4242 Ballet III or DANC 4341 Ballet III] 

Choose one:

Complete 2 hours from the following repeatable courses:
DANC 2112Dance Performance: Beginning/Intermediate

1

DANC 3112Dance Performance: Intermediate/Advanced

1

Choose one:

Complete 4 hours from the following repeatable course: 

DANC 3112Dance Performance: Intermediate/Advanced

1

 

Prescribed Electives - 36 hours

A minimum of 22 advanced hours must be completed in dance techniques which include modern dance, ballet, folklorico, and flamenco. One dance technique area must be modern dance or ballet.

Modern Dance or Ballet - 15 hours minimum

Complete a minimum of 15 hours from Modern Dance or Ballet. A minimum of 10 hours must be advanced.  
 
Modern Dance
Choose from:
DANC 2246Modern Dance I

2

DANC 2345Modern Dance I

3

DANC 3246Modern Dance II

2

DANC 3345Modern Dance II

3

DANC 4246Modern Dance III

2

DANC 4345Modern Dance III

3

Ballet
Choose from:
DANC 2242Ballet I

2

DANC 2244Ballet Technique: Pointe I

2

DANC 2341Ballet I

3

DANC 3242Ballet II

2

DANC 3244Ballet Technique: Pointe II

2

DANC 3341Ballet II

3

DANC 4242Ballet III

2

DANC 4341Ballet III

3

Second Dance Technique Area - 15 hours minimum

Complete a minimum of 15 hours from a second dance technique area. Modern dance or ballet may be selected if not taken above. Students must complete a minimum of 10 advanced hours.  
 
Modern Dance
Choose from:
DANC 2246Modern Dance I

2

DANC 2345Modern Dance I

3

DANC 3246Modern Dance II

2

DANC 3345Modern Dance II

3

DANC 4246Modern Dance III

2

DANC 4345Modern Dance III

3

Ballet
Choose from:
DANC 2242Ballet I

2

DANC 2244Ballet Technique: Pointe I

2

DANC 2341Ballet I

3

DANC 3242Ballet II

2

DANC 3244Ballet Technique: Pointe II

2

DANC 3341Ballet II

3

DANC 4242Ballet III

2

DANC 4341Ballet III

3

Folklorico
Choose from:
DANC 2250Folklorico I

2

DANC 2349Folklorico I

3

DANC 3250Folklorico II

2

DANC 3349Folklorico II

3

DANC 4250Folklorico III

2

DANC 4349Folklorico III

3

Flamenco
Choose from:
DANC 2254Flamenco I

2

DANC 2353Flamenco I

3

DANC 3254Flamenco II

3

DANC 3353Flamenco II

3

DANC 4254Flamenco III

2

DANC 4353Flamenco III

3

Additional Techniques - 6 hours minimum

Complete a minimum of 6 hours from two dance technique areas not taken above.
Modern Dance
Choose from:
DANC 2246Modern Dance I

2

DANC 2345Modern Dance I

3

DANC 3246Modern Dance II

2

DANC 3345Modern Dance II

3

DANC 4246Modern Dance III

2

DANC 4345Modern Dance III

3

Ballet
Choose from:
DANC 2242Ballet I

2

DANC 2244Ballet Technique: Pointe I

2

DANC 2341Ballet I

3

DANC 3242Ballet II

2

DANC 3244Ballet Technique: Pointe II

2

DANC 3341Ballet II

3

DANC 4242Ballet III

2

DANC 4341Ballet III

3

Folklorico
Choose from:
DANC 2250Folklorico I

2

DANC 2349Folklorico I

3

DANC 3250Folklorico II

2

DANC 3349Folklorico II

3

DANC 4250Folklorico III

2

DANC 4349Folklorico III

3

Flamenco
Choose from:
DANC 2254Flamenco I

2

DANC 2353Flamenco I

3

DANC 3254Flamenco II

3

DANC 3353Flamenco II

3

DANC 4254Flamenco III

2

DANC 4353Flamenco III

3

Elective Techniques
Choose from:
DANC 1228Ballroom Dance

2

DANC 2210Tap Dance I

2

DANC 3210Tap Dance II

2

DANC 2220Jazz Dance I

2

DANC 2321Jazz Dance I

3

DANC 3220Jazz Dance II

2

DANC 3321Jazz Dance II

3

DANC 3307Somatic Practices

3

Total Credit Hours: 42

Total Credit Hours: 120

Major Admissions Requirements

Admission requirements required for this program beyond university admission requirements. 

Students must complete and pass an audition to be admitted to the BFA in Dance program. Students will enter as Bachelor of Art in Dance until they have been admitted into the BFA in Dance program through the formal audition process.

Major Progression Requirements

Progression requirements required for this program.

 For all dance technique courses, faculty approval is needed to advance from level to level (e.g., from Level I to Level II). This may result in repeating a certain level one or more times.

Major Graduation Requirements

Specific graduation requirements required for this program beyond university bachelor’s degree requirements. 

Students must earn a score of Satisfactory or higher in the Professional Portfolio completed in DANC 4302.  
Students must earn a grade of “C” or better in all DANC courses.   
Students must earn an overall GPA of 2.5.