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Fredonia’s Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance prepares developing artists to successfully navigate the complexities of the contemporary dance field and to find their unique path to a satisfying and sustainable career in dance. By fostering the discovery and evolution of each student’s singular creative voice, we encourage them to take their places as engaged, self-reflective citizens of the global arts community.

The Fredonia Difference

The BFA in Dance at Fredonia focuses its technical training on Modern/Contemporary and Jazz dance with supplementary training in Ballet, Tap, and somatic forms. Small class sizes allow for the personal attention and frequent feedback that aspiring artists need to fully develop their artistic potential as a dance major. The program’s strong connection with the Department’s numerous Theatre programs makes for a vibrant, multi-dimensional educational experience within a warm and supportive creative community. Students in Fredonia’s Dance program may also combine their major in Dance with a second program, allowing them to pursue additional interests in a complementary field.

Career Opportunities for Dance

  • Dancer
  • Choreographer
  • Dance Teacher
  • Dance Scholar/Writer
  • Health Practitioner
  • Arts Administration


What does a 4-year degree look like?

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What are all the required and elective courses offered to obtain this degree?

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Sample Courses

DANC 211 Modern Technique II

The course explores styles in modern dance technique at the intermediate level. It covers technique, vocabulary, and history, through participation and academic study.

DANC 264 Choreography I

An introduction to the content and structure of solo dance composition as an art form. Improvisation and compositional devices including rhythm, dynamics, space, design, phrasing, and production are covered.

DANC 102 Theatre and Dance Productions

Designed to give practical experience in all aspects of dance and theatre productions including rehearsals, lighting and costume design, crew work, and stage management.

Why Dance at Fredonia?

Fully Accredited

Fredonia is fully accredited by the National Association of Schools of Theatre, which establishes national standards for colleges and conservatories.

Merrins dance studio

Rockefeller Arts Center

A $36 million expansion has tripled the Department's available teaching, rehearsal, and shop space.

dance ensemble performance

Learn from guest artists

Recent guest artists include: Taylor 2 Dance Company, Rosy Simas, Kista Tucker, Terry Beck, Debra Knapp & Ann Gavit , Tressa Gorman Crehan, Kerry Ring, and Cheryl Halliburton-Beatty.

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