Bachelor of Arts Degree
College of the Arts, Department of Theatre, Performance Studies, and Dance
This liberal arts degree in dance is designed to provide students with a diverse and comprehensive curricular experience, preparing them for a variety of career options in dance and other related fields. Students audition to be accepted into the program and have the option of pursuing a concentrated study in modern, ballet or jazz dance forms. The core curriculum prepares students with a theoretical and practical experience of dance, while the 15-hour concentration allows students to develop technical proficiency in the area selected.
The 3-credit applied professionals skills requirement allows students to receive academic credit for professional internships and practical experience in the field. The senior seminar and senior project requirements ensure that graduates gain a creative and scholarly understanding of the art form, emphasizing a scholar-artist approach that is central to the Department’s educational mission.
All students entering the program must demonstrate technical and artistic aptitude capable of successfully completing the program of study. The audition process will consist of a 30-minute ballet barre warm-up, followed by a short center-floor modern/ jazz combination, and a final across-the-floor ballet, modern or jazz combination. Students must bring appropriate footwear to the audition. Students are not required to prepare a solo combination for the audition. Following the audition class, students will meet individually with faculty to discuss goals and receive program information. Students will be notified about acceptance into the program within a week following the audition. To register for an audition, receive audition information or schedule a special audition (for students who are unable to attend the regularly scheduled audition due to unavoidable circumstances), please view the dance Website under the College of the Arts www.kennesaw.edu/theatre/dance or contact 770-423-6789.
Students who wish to transfer to the Program in Dance at KSU from another institution or from another department follow the same audition procedures as new students. A special audition may be scheduled for students who wish to enter the program at a time when regular auditions are not scheduled.
At the time of acceptance into the program, students will be advised about course scheduling and technical level placement. The individual course instructor reserves the right to request a student to take a lower level technique course if the student is not technically at the level required for the course.
Applied Professional Sequence (Internship)
Students are encouraged to complete the above requirement only at the junior and/or senior academic levels. Every student will be assigned a faculty internship advisor, and will be required to obtain approval from the advisor prior to pursuing an internship or professional opportunities in the field. Students may substitute a DANC 4490 course for this requirement.
Students interested in musical theatre may pursue a concentration through the Bachelor of Arts in Theatre and Performance Studies degree. The program in Dance offers musical theatre dance courses that are part of this curriculum.