Dance Major

Admission Requirements and Procedures

Students interested in the Ailey/Fordham B.F.A. program are expected to meet the following general criteria:

  • Superior talent and potential for a performing career as a dance artist, and good technique training in modern dance and classical ballet
  • Evidence of academic ability as described in the Admission chapter of this bulletin

Candidates should complete the following admission procedures:

  • Submit the dance application to the Ailey School by November 1 and the academic application to the Fordham University Office of Admission also by November 1. Applicants should apply for need- and merit-based financial assistance by February 1. Those applicants with questions may contact the Office of Undergraduate Admission at enroll@fordham.edu or 718-817-4000. 
  • Take the dance audition by invitation in New York or another city in January, February, or March.

While this program does not have a definitive age limit, it is understood that B.F.A. students are expected to be of an appropriate age to be able to participate fully in all aspects of the program and accomplish the rigorous dance requirements for graduation within the established time frame. Students who wish to transfer into the B.F.A. program must satisfy the dance and academic criteria for advanced standing at both the Ailey School and Fordham University. The program’s four-year length of study may be shortened to three years in the case of very advanced dance students with strong previous undergraduate records.

Students with dance potential who do not meet the B.F.A. admission criteria are encouraged to audition for the Ailey School’s other professional training programs and to reapply to the B.F.A. program.

Please note that each course number describes a course that runs for one semester, either fall or spring.

CourseTitleCredits
Dance Academics
MUSC 1210MUSIC FOR DANCERS I3
MUSC 1211MUSIC FOR DANCERS II3
DANC 2001WORLD DANCE HISTORY3
DANC 2010BLACK TRADITION IN AMERICAN DANCE3
DANC 1720ANATOMY AND KINESIOLOGY I3
DANC 1721ANATOMY AND KINESIOLOGY II3
DANC 4001SENIOR SEMINAR3
THEA 4301PERFORMANCE AND ART3
Major Dance Techniques
See Major Dance Techniques below
Other Dance Techniques
DANC 2420JAZZ I2
DANC 2425JAZZ II2
DANC 2430WEST AFRICAN DANCE2
Select one of the following:2
TAYLOR TECHNIQUE
LIMON TECHNIQUE
Somatic Courses
Select one of the following:2
BARRE A TERRE I (fall)
BARRE A TERRE II (spring)
BODY CONDITIONING I (fall)
BODY CONDITIONING II (spring)
YOGA I (fall)
YOGA II (spring)
Creative Courses
DANC 1910IMPROVISATION1
DANC 1920DANCE COMPOSITION I2
DANC 1921DANCE COMPOSITION II2
DANC 2021DANCE COMPOSITION III2
DANC 2022DANCE COMPOSITION IV2
Performance
DANC 3410REPERTORY WORKSHOPS I2
DANC 3411REPERTORY WORKSHOPS II2
DANC 4810SENIOR PROJECT IN PERFORMANCE3
DANC 4811SENIOR PROJECT IN PERFORMANCE3
DANC 4820SENIOR PROJECT IN CHOREOGRAPHY (by invitation)3
DANC 4821SENIOR PROJECT IN CHOREOGRAPHY (by invitation)3
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Please see the Core Curriculum section of this bulletin for language choices and the special conditions for advanced students.

Major Dance Techniques

In their first year, all students are required to take ballet and either Horton or modern daily. Thereafter, students are required to take ballet, Horton, and modern each semester, reaching the most advanced level in a minimum of two of these three major techniques during the senior year.

All men are required to take a minimum of four semesters of men’s ballet and one semester of modern partnering. All women are required to take a minimum of four semesters of pointe, and one semester of modern partnering. Ballet partnering is suggested for women who are advanced in ballet and strong on pointe and for men who are advanced in ballet.

Ballet

CourseTitleCredits
DANC 1501BALLET I (fall)3
DANC 1502BALLET II (spring)3
DANC 2510BALLET III (fall)3
DANC 2511BALLET IV (spring)3
DANC 3501BALLET V (fall)3
DANC 3502BALLET VI (spring)3
DANC 4510BALLET VII (fall)3
DANC 4511BALLET VIII (spring)3

Horton

CourseTitleCredits
DANC 1601HORTON I (fall)3
DANC 1602HORTON II (spring)3
DANC 2610HORTON III (fall)2
DANC 2611HORTON IV (spring)2
DANC 3601HORTON V (fall)2
DANC 3602HORTON VI (spring)2
DANC 4610HORTON VII (fall)2
DANC 4611HORTON VIII (spring)2

Modern

CourseTitleCredits
DANC 1701MODERN I (fall)2
DANC 1702MODERN II (spring)3
DANC 2710MODERN III (fall)2
DANC 2711MODERN IV (spring)2
DANC 3701MODERN V (fall)2
DANC 3702MODERN VI (spring)2
DANC 4710MODERN VII (fall)2
DANC 4711MODERN VIII (spring)2

Partnering

CourseTitleCredits
DANC 3540BALLET PARTNERING I1
DANC 3541BALLET PARTNERING II1
DANC 3741MODERN PARTNERING II (spring)1

Pointe or Men’s Ballet

(4 semesters required)

CourseTitleCredits
DANC 2530POINTE I0
DANC 2531POINTE II0
DANC 2535POINTE III0
DANC 2536POINTE IV0
DANC 1520MEN'S BALLET I0
DANC 1521MEN'S BALLET II0
DANC 2520MEN'S BALLET III0
DANC 2521MEN'S BALLET IV0

Availability

The major in dance is available at Fordham College at Lincoln Center (FCLC).

Fordham College at Lincoln Center students: The requirements above are in addition to those of the Core Curriculum.

Sample B.F.A. Student Schedule

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
Term 1Credits
DANC 1501 BALLET I 3
DANC 1601 HORTON I 3
DANC 1701 MODERN I 2
DANC 1520
MEN'S BALLET I
or POINTE I
0
DANC 1630 BARRE A TERRE I 2
DANC 1720 ANATOMY AND KINESIOLOGY I 3
English Composition and Rhetoric  
Understanding Historical Change  
 Credits13
Term 2
DANC 1502 BALLET II 3
DANC 1602 HORTON II 3
DANC 1702 MODERN II 3
DANC 1521
MEN'S BALLET II
or POINTE II
0
DANC 1631 BARRE A TERRE II 2
DANC 1721 ANATOMY AND KINESIOLOGY II 3
DANC 2430 WEST AFRICAN DANCE 2
DANC 1910 IMPROVISATION 1
English Texts and Contexts  
Social Science  
 Credits17
Year 2
Term 1
DANC 2510 BALLET III 3
DANC 2610 HORTON III 2
DANC 2710 MODERN III 2
DANC 2520
MEN'S BALLET III
or POINTE III
0
DANC 2420 JAZZ I 2
DANC 1920 DANCE COMPOSITION I 2
MUSC 1210 MUSIC FOR DANCERS I 3
Faith and Critical Reason  
 Credits14
Term 2
DANC 2511 BALLET IV 3
DANC 2611 HORTON IV 2
DANC 2711 MODERN IV 2
DANC 2521
MEN'S BALLET IV
or POINTE IV
0
DANC 2425 JAZZ II 2
DANC 1921 DANCE COMPOSITION II 2
MUSC 1211 MUSIC FOR DANCERS II 3
Liberal Arts Elective  
Philosophy of Human Nature  
 Credits14
Year 3
Term 1
DANC 3501 BALLET V 3
DANC 3601 HORTON V 2
DANC 3701 MODERN V 2
DANC 2021 DANCE COMPOSITION III 2
DANC 3410 REPERTORY WORKSHOPS I 2
DANC 2001 WORLD DANCE HISTORY 3
Foreign Language  
 Credits14
Term 2
DANC 3502 BALLET VI 3
DANC 3602 HORTON VI 2
DANC 3702 MODERN VI 2
DANC 2022 DANCE COMPOSITION IV 2
DANC 3411 REPERTORY WORKSHOPS II 2
DANC 3741 MODERN PARTNERING II 1
DANC 2010 BLACK TRADITION IN AMERICAN DANCE 3
THEA 4301 PERFORMANCE AND ART 3
Advanced Disciplinary Study  
 Credits18
Year 4
Term 1
DANC 4510 BALLET VII 3
DANC 4610 HORTON VII 2
DANC 4710 MODERN VII 2
DANC 4810 SENIOR PROJECT IN PERFORMANCE 3
DANC 4010
TAYLOR TECHNIQUE
or LIMON TECHNIQUE
2
DANC 4001 SENIOR SEMINAR 3
Capstone Ethics Seminar  
 Credits15
Term 2
DANC 4511 BALLET VIII 3
DANC 4611 HORTON VIII 2
DANC 4711 MODERN VIII 2
DANC 4811 SENIOR PROJECT IN PERFORMANCE 3
Liberal Arts Elective  
 Credits10
 Total Credits115