The BFA in dance program combines Dominican’s comprehensive liberal arts education with the technically rigorous and artistically expansive dance training of Alonzo King’s LINES Ballet School.
The LINES Ballet BFA at Dominican program offers a curriculum that combines intensive ballet training with improvisation and composition studies. Marina Hotchkiss, BFA program director, says, “In the professional dance world, companies are increasingly demanding that dancers possess a wide range of skills and knowledge beyond ballet technique. Today’s ballet dancers are being asked to improvise, to generate dance material and participate in the creative processes of dance making to a greater degree than ever before.”
Classes are held in both San Rafael and San Francisco. The curriculum includes ballet, modern dance, ethnic dance, Gyrotonic ®/Gyrokinesis ®, dance history, improvisation, composition, percussion, expository writing, speech and rhetoric, math, anatomy/kinesiology, social sciences, ethics, and a cultural heritage colloquium.
A significant portion of each semester is devoted to the study of the choreography of Alonzo King, taught by many of the dancers on whom the works were originally created. Choreographers—from within the Bay Area dance community and from abroad—are invited to set works on the students and share their points of view. The culmination of the creative work of the program is a Senior Project. Building on the knowledge and skills developed throughout the program, students develop and complete a work of choreography to be presented to the community.