B.A. In Dance

Image of two dancers moving in sync on a black stage."The dance program at UK increased my knowledge about modern dance, provided choreographic tools to expand my movement vocabulary, and offered opportunities for collaboration with artists and art forms outside of dance." Shelby, dance minor alum

The Major in Dance in the University of Kentucky’s Department of Theatre and Dance educates its students in the history, theory, creativity, practice, and performance of dance within the context of a broad liberal arts education. The 45-credit BA degree offers the flexibility to double major or minor in another discipline. As an art form, the study of dance incorporates and develops problem solving, collaboration, communication (visual, aural, written, and performative), critical thinking, peer mentorship, and project management - soft and hard skills that students can incorporate into a wide variety of career outcomes.

The central focus of the degree is based in creativity and choreography through the lens of diverse dance genres with an emphasis on contemporary practice. We are the only program in Kentucky with an emphasis on Modern Dance, Creativity, and Research-based choreography.

A successful audition is required to be declared a dance major. Learn more about audition requirements below.
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Auditions

Two people dancing for crowdApplications for admission to the University of Kentucky, as well as application deadline and materials information, are available on the UK Admissions site. In addition to being admitted to UK, a successful audition is required to be declared a dance major. During the audition, prospective students will demonstrate their knowledge of ballet, jazz, modern, and improvisation movement based phrases and exercises. The audition culminates with an individual interview meeting with a faculty member.

If you are unable to attend the audition dates a video audition may be submitted either via mailed DVD or link to a hosted video. Dance minors are not required to audition.

2019 – 2020 ENTRY AUDITIONS
9 a.m. Saturday, November 10, 2018 (registration begins at 8 a.m.)
9 a.m. Saturday, February 23, 2019 (registration begins at 8 a.m.)

Students should bring to the audition the following:

  • Resume: A one-page resume listing dance training and performance experience
  • Entrance Essay: 500-word minimum writing sample choosing one of following prompts.
    • Identify and discuss your future dance goals.
    • Describe a dance work you would like to choreograph. This can be realistic or unrealistic. For example, a dance on the moon.
    • Discuss a person that has inspired you.
  • Photograph: A printed recent photograph of yourself (professional or informal); headshot preferred.
  • Recommended Audition Attire
    • Wear appropriate attire that will show clean lines: leotard and tights, unitard, or form-fitted pants. Ballet slippers for the ballet class, Jazz shoes for the jazz class, and bare feet for the modern dance portion. If you do not own jazz shoes, ballet slippers will suffice.

Parents and friends may not observe the audition.

Video Auditions

Prospective students that cannot attend the in-person audition may elect to send an audition DVD or link(s) to online hosted audition video(s), however we encourage all candidates to audition in person. The DVD or URL links must be received no later than May 1st for entrance in the following fall semester. Video auditions must include the following:

Performance Requirements

  • Ballet
    • Choose ONE of the following ballet combinations; One-minute maximum.
      • traveling tendu with pirouette
      • adagio
      • petit allegro
      • grand allegro
  • Jazz
    • Show an upbeat movement combination including a grand battement (front or side), pirouette in parallel, and an elevation of dancer’s choice. One-minute maximum.
  • Modern
    • Show a center combination including different uses of the torso, floor work, and an inversion of dancer’s choice. One-minute maximum.
  • Solo
    • Perform a solo. Style and genre of dancer’s choice. Specify the choreographer. Two-minute maximum.

Written Requirements

  • Resume: A one-page resume listing dance training and performance experience
  • Entrance Essay: 500-word writing sample choosing one of following prompts
    • Identify and discuss your future dance goals.
    • Describe a dance work you would like to choreograph. This can be realistic or unrealistic. For example, a dance on the moon.
    • Discuss a person that has inspired you.
  • Photograph: A recent photograph of yourself (professional or informal) headshot preferred
  • Audition Reservation Form Submission – still required even if not attending the in-person audition dates.

A phone or Skype interview, similar to the in-person audition interviews, may be included at the director's discretion. Dancers can choose to submit these materials either electronically or by mail.

Mail

Susie Thiel, Director of Dance
Department of Theatre and Dance
114 Fine Arts Building
Lexington, KY 40506

Electronically

susie.thiel@uky.edu
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Audition Reservations

The Audition Reservation Form must be completed at least one week before the audition date. Audition availability is limited and filled on a first-come, first-served basis. A confirmation email will be sent.

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Audition Results

Within two weeks of the audition, a letter and email with your audition results will be sent. Those accepted into the program will be given their class placement level in ballet, jazz and modern technique.

Students generally enter the dance major program in the fall semester. The dance program also accepts new majors in the spring semester. Spaces in the dance major are filled on a first-come, first-served basis from those accepted to the program. When all of the spaces are full, accepted students who still wish to attend will be placed on a waiting list and notified if a space opens.

Degree Requirements

UK Core Requirements (42 credits)

See the UK Core site for the complete UK Core requirements. Students should work closely with their advisor to schedule and complete the UK Core requirements.

College Requirements (6 credit hours)
UK Core Requirements (30 credit hours)
Graduation Writing Requirement (3 credit hours)
Graduation Composition and Communication Requirement (3 credit hours)

Major Requirements  (32 credits)

Students are required to complete 12 credits of dance technique courses at recommended skill level. 4 credits must be 300 level and above, 4 credits in Ballet Technique, 4 credits in Jazz Technique, 4 credits in Modern Technique; All Dance Technique classes are repeatable up to 12 credit hours.

Dance Technique (12 credits)

Modern Dance 1, 2, 3 (2 credit each, 4 credits total needed)
Jazz Dance 1, 2, 3 (2 credit each, 4 credits total needed
Ballet, 1, 2, 3 (2 credit each, 4 credits total needed

Creative Studies (5 credits)

TAD 244 Dance Improvisation (1 credit hour)
TAD 344 Choreography 1 (2 credit hours)
TAD 444 Choreography 2 (2 credit hours)

History and Theory (9 credits)

TAD 140 Introduction to Dance – UK Core Arts & Creativity (3 credit hours)
TAD 370 Dance History (3 credit hours)
TAD 470 Teaching Methods (3 credit hours)

Practice and Performance (6 credits)
Students are required to repeat a practicum course 3 times for 3 total practicum credits.

TAD 392 Dance Practicum OR TA 390 Theatre Practicum (1 credit each, repeat 3 times)
TAD 492 Senior Thesis – UK Core Graduation Composition and Communication Requirement (3 credit hours)

DANCE ELECTIVES (13 credits)

Dance Electives (4 credits)
Students may choose any TAD dance technique class; Technique classes above the required 12 credits for the Major will be counted as electives.

TAD 142 Ballet 1
TAD 143 Jazz 1
TAD 147 Beginning Musical Theatre Dance
TAD 241 Modern 2
TAD 242 Ballet 2
TAD 243 Jazz 2
TAD 341 Modern 3
TAD 342 Ballet 3
TAD 343 Jazz 3
TAD 347 Advanced Musical Theatre Dance
TAD 447 Studies in Dance: Subtitle Required

Theatre Electives (6 credits)
Students may choose from the following TA courses or any other theatre course in consultation with their advisor.

TA 120 Creativity and the Art of Acting
TA 126 Beginning Acting
TA 150 Creativity and the Art of Design and Production
TA 237 Scene Study
TA 260 Stagecraft
TA 265 Costume Construction
TA 365 Costume Design
TA 367 Lighting Design
TA 300 Special Projects in Theatre: Subtitle Required
TA 311 Auditions
TA 350 Topics in Theatre: Subtitle Required
TA 369 Sound Design
TA 516 Playwriting

Wellness and Conditioning Elective (3 credits)
Students may choose from the following Life Fitness courses in KHP, or any other KHP course in consultation with their advisor and course availability.

KHP 104 Pilates
KHP 120 Weight Training
KHP 128 Yoga
KHP 110 Awesome Abs
KHP 115 Tai Chi
KHP 119 Body Sculpture
KHP 127 Kickboxing
KHP 120 Zumba
KHP 240 Nutrition and Physical Fitness

Major Total: 45 credit hours

General Electives (33 credit hours)

Students can choose electives to lead to the minimum total of 120 hours required for graduation.

Degree Total: 120 credit hours

Scholarships

Image of a woman leaping through the air on a dark stage - In Flight Dance Concert, 2017The College of Fine Arts Theatre and Dance scholarship can be awarded to incoming or current students who qualify based on the guidelines laid out by the College of Fine Arts, and who have demonstrated a commitment to theatre and/or dance. Please visit the Scholarships & Financial Aid page for more information. Click here for the Incoming Freshman Scholarship Audition Application.

Transfer Students

Transfer students must follow above procedures, including attendance at one of the two departmental auditions or through a video audition.

Dance Minor

For more information on the minor, see the Minors in Theatre & Dance page.