Students must meet all general degree requirements as well as conservatory requirements for graduation.

BFA in Dance: Performance Concentration

Students in the performance concentration must:

  • complete 6 credits of Purchase Dance Company and Participation in Senior Project.
  • register for Ballet Technique and Modern Dance Technique each semester, and complete a minimum of seven semesters of both ballet and modern technique with a minimum grade of C.

As a minimum technique requirement for graduation, students must complete a 3000-level course in either ballet or modern for two consecutive semesters during their last year.

Freshman Year

  1. DPB —/Ballet Technique, according to level
  2. DPB 1000/Ballet Vocabulary
  3. DPB 1400/Ballet Technique: Advanced Pointe I/Freshmen and/or
    DPB 1655 and 1665/Men’s Class/Variation and/or
    DPB 1800 and 1820/Special Ballet Technique: First Year and/or
    DPM 1800 and 1820/Special Modern Technique: First Year
  4. DPB 1600 and 1610/Ballet Partnering I
  5. DPC 1710 and 1720/Composition I-A and I-B: Improvisation Skills
  6. DPD 1030/Dance Freshman Seminar
  7. DPD 1250/Anatomy for Dancers
  8. DPD 1650 and 1660/Music I
  9. DPD 1710 and 1720/Dance Production I
  10. DPM —/Modern Dance Technique, according to level
  11. DPM 155–/Somatic Practice for Dancers (Yoga, Fluid Form, Alexander Technique, or Massage)

Sophomore Year

  1. DPB —/Ballet Technique, according to level
  2. DPB 1600 and 1610/Ballet Partnering I
  3. DPB 1655 and 1665/Men’s Class/Variation and/or
    DPB 3530 and 3535/Ballet Technique: Advanced Pointe I and/or
    DPB 3540 and 3545/Ballet Technique: Advanced Pointe II/Variation and/or
    DPB 3800 and 3820/Special Ballet Technique and/or
    DPM 3800 and 3820/Special Modern Technique: Upper Level
  4. DPC2700 and 2710/Composition II-A and II-B: Choreographic Principles and Movement Invention
  5. DPD 2060 and 2070/Western Dance History I and II
  6. DPD 2650 and 2660/Music II
  7. DPM —/Modern Dance Technique, according to level
  8. DPM 1330 and 1331/Contact Improvisation
  9. DPM 155–/Somatic Practice for Dancers (Yoga, Fluid Form, Alexander Technique, or Massage)

Junior Year

  1. DPB —/Ballet Technique, according to level
  2. DPB 3530 and 3535/Ballet Technique: Advanced Pointe I and/or
    DPB 3540 and 3545/Ballet Technique: Advanced Pointe II/Variation and/or
    DPB 3800 and 3820/Special Ballet Technique and/or
    DPM 3800 and 3820/Special Modern Technique: Upper Level
  3. DPC3700 and 3710/Composition III-A and III-B: Discovery and Development
  4. DPD 3330 and 3331/20th- and 21st-Century Performance
  5. DPD 3880/Junior Project
  6. DPM —/Modern Dance Technique, according to level
  7. DPM 155–/Somatic Practice for Dancers (Yoga, Fluid Form, Alexander Technique, or Massage) or
    DPB 4600 or 4610/Ballet Partnering II

Senior Year

  1. DPB —/Ballet Technique, according to level
  2. DPB 3530 and 3535/Ballet Technique: Advanced Pointe I and/or
    DPB 3540 and 3545/Ballet Technique: Advanced Pointe II/Variation and/or
    DPB 3800 and 3820/Special Ballet Technique and/or
    DPM 3800 and 3820/Special Modern Technique: Upper Level
  3. DPC 4700 and 4710/Composition IV-A and IV-B: Senior Process
  4. DPC 4990/Senior Project
  5. DPM —/Modern Dance Technique, according to level

Notes:

  1. All men must register for a somatic practice course (DPM 1551–1554) in at least the first two years (four semesters) of study.
  2. All men must register for men’s class (DPB 1655 and 1665) in at least the first two years (four semesters) of study and for ballet partnering (DPB 1600, 1610, 4600, and 4610) in at least the first three years (six semesters) of study.
  3. All men must complete at least two semesters of modern partnering (DPM 1510 and 1520).
  4. All women must register for a somatic practice course (DPM 1551–1554) in at least the first three years (six semesters) of study.
  5. All women must complete at least four semesters of either modern partnering (DPM 1510 and 1520) or ballet partnering (DPB 1600, 1610, 4600, and 4610).
  6. All women in the ballet concentration must take Advanced Pointe (DPB 1400, 3530, 3540) every semester, in addition to the four semesters of partnering.

Updates to the 2016–18 Purchase College Catalog:

  • Notes 1 and 4 added Jan. 25, 2017.

Effective Fall 2017:

  • DPM 1550 replaced by DPM 1551, 1552, 1553, and 1554
  • DPC 1010 and 1020 replaced by DPC 1700 and 1710
  • DPC 2010 and 2020 replaced by DPC 2700 and 2710
  • DPC 3010 and 3020 replaced by DPC 3700 and 3710
  • DPC 4010 and 4020 replaced by DPC 4700 and 4710