Program Director, Dance
P: 415.863.3040 ext. 281
About Marina Hotchkiss
Chair, Department of Music, Dance and Performing Arts
The Alonzo King LINES Ballet BFA at Dominican University of California offers serious students an unequaled opportunity to discover themselves as artists and as human beings–and to gain an excellent artistic and academic education along the way. This unique, exciting four-year Bachelor of Fine Arts degree program combines the acclaimed, rigorous training and philosophy of one of the nation’s premier dance institutions with the comprehensive liberal arts education and social values of the Dominican tradition.
Classes are held in both San Rafael and San Francisco. The dance curriculum emphasizes ballet (Western classical dance) as its foundational language, complemented by extensive training in modern dance and other dance forms. It includes ballet, modern dance, the GYROTONIC® and GYROKINESIS® exercise methodologies, dance history, improvisation, composition, percussion, expository writing, speech and rhetoric, math, anatomy/kinesiology, social sciences, ethics, and a cultural heritage colloquium.
With its direct relationship to Alonzo King, one of the foremost choreographers of our time, the program offers students unique access to the process and environment in which current dance thought and practice is being shaped. A portion of each semester is devoted to the creation of a new work by faculty or guest choreographers—from within the Bay Area dance community and from abroad— who 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, senior students develop and complete a work of choreography to be presented to the community.