Dance Requirements and Course Description

The program uses ballet as its foundational language, complemented by and augmented with extensive training in established and emerging forms of modern dance. The program’s philosophy furthers the unique aim of Alonzo King LINES Ballet in the re- invigoration of ballet (Western classical dance). To that end, a 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 set. Celebrated choreographers both from within the vibrant Bay Area dance community and abroad are also invited to set original works on students in the program, and to share their points of view in a collaborative process.


Dance BFA Requirements

For BFA in Dance students, each day begins with Ballet Technique at 9:00am in San Francisco or 9:30am in San Rafael. Modern Technique, and then GYROTONIC® or GYROKINESIS® classes follow ballet twice a week. Workshop - a course that encompasses repertoire, choreography, improvisation and composition, as well as Master Classes - follows ballet three times per week. In general, dance majors dance about 20 hours per week in course work, and have additional rehearsal hours from September to March for Senior Projects. Dance courses typically end by 2:30pm. Students then return to campus for academic courses.

Improvisation and composition studies support and inform a strong emphasis on individual responsibility and exploration in the creative process. The four-year program offers many opportunities for student performance, and culminates in a full production of student-choreographed work. The LINES Ballet BFA at Dominican program also incorporates extensive study in the GYROTONIC EXPANSION SYSTEM® to cultivate knowledge and practical tools towards maintaining a healthy body while expanding individual movement potential.

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