About the Program
The BFA curriculum offers the serious and dedicated dance student professional training in classical ballet and contemporary modern dance, as well as an extensive curriculum in composition. Performance both on campus and on tour is an integral part of dance training at Purchase.
Criteria for Acceptance:
- Talent and potential as a performer
- Prior training and the ability to demonstrate a knowledge of modern dance and/or classical ballet techniques
- Good physical proportions in a healthy body that is injury-free
Requirements for Graduation
The BFA in dance is awarded upon the successful completion of course requirements and demonstrated quality of the student’s technical ability and creative initiative, based on the standards of the professional dance world. The standard residency requirement in the Conservatory of Dance BFA program is four years (eight semesters), with rare exceptions; the minimum residency requirement is three years (six semesters).
Students earn a BFA in dance. All students enter the conservatory program in the area of dance performance. Subsequently, they may remain in dance performance or apply for one the following concentrations: ballet, dance composition (choreography), or dance production.
Graduation is dependent on the successful completion of course requirements, which include a minimum of 30 liberal arts credits, and the demonstrated fitness of the student for a professional performing career in dance. Students must meet all general degree requirements as well as conservatory requirements for graduation.
Minimum Grade Requirements
Conservatory of Dance students in all concentrations are expected to maintain a grade of C or higher in all required dance courses, excluding the senior project. (For students in the composition concentration, a minimum GPA of B+ is required in all composition courses.) A grade of C- or lower constitutes a failure to demonstrate successful academic or artistic progress. A student who receives grades of C- or lower for two or more semesters may no longer be eligible for scholarship funds and performance opportunities and may be dismissed from the conservatory.
All students take the same required dance courses in the freshman and sophomore years. At the end of the sophomore year, the Dance Board of Study evaluates each student’s progress and potential and makes recommendations for the direction of future study in one of the following areas: dance performance, ballet, dance composition, or dance production. Professional dance credits are awarded on the basis of the student’s consistent artistic growth.
Concentration decisions are approved by the Dance Board of Study. Sophomore jury results determine a student’s concentration status.