BA in Dance

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The UB DANCE PROGRAM is a nurturing and challenging artistic community where Versatility Matters. We value education fueled by stimulating professional performing and teaching experiences that support students in a variety of career paths in the professional world of dance and beyond. Our BA Dance program includes training in ballet, modern, jazz, and tap, along with coursework in choreography, pedagogy, somatic practices, movement analysis, history, criticism and research. 

Unique to our programs are offerings in comparative jazz styles and techniques. Additional offerings include: dance kinesiology, improvisation, music theatre dance, social dance, partnering, Laban Movement Analysis, mind-body integration, creative movement, and internships in dance. This broad course of study combined with strong interdisciplinary general education requirements cultivate resourceful and informed artists that successfully pursue graduate study and/or work in the areas of concert dance, commercial dance, private sector and K-12 dance education, higher education, and dance journalism. 

Course of Study

All Dance majors begin in the Dance BA program. Students take foundational courses in ballet, jazz, modern, and technique in their first year of study before choosing whether to stay on the BA track or audition for the BFA Dance program. Students who continue in the BA Dance program choose one technique area (ballet, modern, or jazz) in which to pursue advanced study (completion of the highest level offered), along with their coursework in history, analysis, pedagogy, and performance. 

The BA Dance program allows students to tailor the program towards their career goals both on stage and off. While many BA Dance majors go on to careers in performance, students in this degree track often are interested in dance education, studio management, arts management, or physical or dance therapy careers. The BA program allows for more flexibility for students who are interested in pursuing a double major. However, students double majoring in dance must allow for additional time to degree completion due to the program requirements and sequencing. The hands-on, experiential nature of dance courses at UB requires that the majority of coursework be completed in residency.   

UB Dance on Stage

Performance opportunities for students to showcase performance and choreography in the Center for the Arts’ state of the art facilities include:

  • Zodiaque Dance Company, the resident pre-professional dance company at UB that performs a fall and spring concert
  • UB Choreolab, Student Company that presents an annual spring concert. 
  • Emerging Choreographers Showcase for eligible juniors and seniors to present inventive, risk-taking choreography mentored by faculty. 
  • Dancers Workshop, a student directed performance for all students

In addition to these regular performance opportunities, our students are also involved in special university and community projects throughout the year, which can range from industrial style performances to private and public outreach performances. 

Application Requirements

Our BA Dance program requires an audition for admission. All students must successfully audition through the Department of Theatre and Dance in order to register for dance major courses. Interested students are encouraged to audition prior to matriculation at UB; current students who audition should contact the department to discuss time to degree completion. 

  • Students who wish to take technique courses can find out more about available classes. 
  • We do not offer a Dance minor. 

Contact Us

Melanie Aceto.
Associate Professor
Department of Theatre and Dance
College of Arts and Sciences

Research Topics: Modern and Choreography