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Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance-Performance

Butler is one of very few schools accredited to offer the Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance-Performance professional degree. This degree provides excellent preparation for a performing career and beyond. It combines professional specialization with theoretical studies and focuses on the discipline and tradition of classical ballet.

Summary of Requirements

128 Credit Hours

Required Dance Courses

Course # Course Title Hours
DA 109-10 Professional Practices P/F
DA 111-112 (or 113-14,15-16,17-18,19-20) Ballet Technique 1 or 2 or 3 or 4 or Men's Ballet Tech. 4
DA 213-214 (or 215-216, 217-218, 219-220) Ballet Technique 2 or 3 or 4 or Men's Ballet Tech. 4
DA 315-316 (or 317-318, 319-320) Ballet Technique 3 or 4 or Men's Ballet Tech. 4
DA 121-122 (or 123-124 or 321-322) / 125-126 Pointe 1 or 2 or 3 (Women) / Pas de deux (Men) 2
DA 131-132, 231-232, 331-332 Modern Technique1, 2, 3 6
DA 233 Improvisation 1 1
DA 141-142, 241-242 Jazz 1 & 2 4
DA 247 Character Dance 1
DA 248 World Dance Technique
DA 161-162 Body Placement 1 & 2 2
DA 166 Masterworks of Dance 2
DA 263-264 Music for Dance 1 & 2 2
DA 261 Laban Movement Analysis 2
DA 361-362 Choreography 1, 2 4
DA 365W-366C Dance History 1 & 2 (Writing Intensive and Speaking Across the Curriculum) 6
DA 466 Theory & Philosophy of Dance 2
DA 471 Teaching Analysis of Classical Techniques 2
DA 472 or 474 or 476 Teach. Analysis - Adv.Classical or Modern or Jazz 2
DA 151-152, 251-252 Butler Ballet 4

DA 351-352, 451-452
(DA 351 fulfills the ICR core requirement)

Butler Ballet 8

Advanced Technique Requirements

Choose 8 credits from the following combinations:

Course # Course Title Hours
DA 417-418 or DA 419-420 + DA410
(DA 410 & 431-432)
(DA 410 & 341-342)
Ballet Technique 4 or Men's Ballet Tech.
Ballet Technique 2 (2 cr.) & Modern 4 (2 cr.)
Ballet Technique 2 (2 cr.) & Jazz 3 (2 cr.)
4

DA 223-224 or 341-342
(DA 225-226)

Pointe 2 or Jazz 3 (Women)
Pas de Deux (Men)
2
DA 321-322 or 341-342
(DA 325-26)
Pointe 3 or Jazz 3 (Women)
Pas de Deux (Men)
2
  Total Required Courses In The Major 71

Related Areas Requirements

Course # Course Title Hours
AM ___ Applied Music* (AM13 or higher) 2
MH 111 Historical Survey of Music 3
DA 492 Introduction to Acting 2
__ ___ Fine Arts Electives (may include AM011-012) 2
DA190-DA490 Performance Attendance Requirements P/F
* Proficiency for Keyboard Skills at AM 013 level must be demonstrated
  Total Courses In Related Areas 9

Core Curriculum

Course # Course Title Hours
FYS 101; FYS 102 First Year Seminar 6
PWB 1 Physical Well Being 1
GHS 203-208 Global and Historical Studies 6
Areas of Inquiry Text and Ideas, The Social World, The Natural World, Analytic Reasoning 14
  Total Core Curriculum 27
  Dance Electives 15
  Other Area Electives 6
  Total Credit Hours for Degree 128

Bachelor of Arts in Dance-Pedagogy

This degree prepares a student for a career as a private dance teacher. The curriculum has a balanced combination of courses in dance, education and liberal arts.

Summary of Requirements

128 Credit Hours

Required Courses in the Major

Course # Course Title Hours
DA 109, 110 Professional Practices P/F
DA 111,112 (or 113, 114; 115, 116; 117, 118; 119, 120) Ballet Technique 1 or 2 or 3 or 4 or Men's Ballet 4
DA 213, 214 (or 211, 212; 215, 216; 217, 218; 219, 220) Ballet Technique 1 or 2 or 3 or 4 or Men's Ballet 4
DA 410 Ballet Technique 2/3/4 (Junior/Senior years) 4
DA 121, 122 (123, 124) or 125, 126 Pointe (women) or Pas de Deux (men) 2
DA 141, 142 Jazz 1 2
DA 131, 132 & 231, 232 Modern Technique 1 & 2 4
DA 233 Improvisation 1
DA 247 Character Dance 1
DA 248 World Dance Technique 1
DA 161, 162 Body Placement 2
DA 166 Masterworks of Dance 2
DA 263, 264 Music for Dance (Theory & Class/Choreography) 2
DA 261 Laban Movement Analysis 2
DA 365W, 366C Dance History I & II (Writing Intensive and Speaking Across the Curriculum) 6
DA 361 & 362 Choreography 1, Choreography 2 4
DA 466 Theory & Philosophy of Dance 2
DA 331 or 242 Modern 3 or Jazz 2 (Pre-Req. for Teach. Analysis) 1
DA 471 & 472; DA 474 or 476 Teaching Analysis (Classical, + Modern or Jazz) 6
DA 477 or 478 Dance Teaching Practicum 2
DA 151, 152; 251, 252; 351 or 352
(DA351 satisfies the ICR requirement for the core curriculum)
Butler Ballet 6
  Total Required Courses In The Major 58

Required Courses in Related Areas

Course # Course Title Hours
Science
NW 200 level Biology 5
BI 257 Physiology & Anatomy 5
Education
ED 241 Developmental Theory and Application 3
__ ___ Elective: Psychology or College of Education 3
Fine Arts
AM ___ Applied Music (AM 13 or higher, e.g. Piano, Voice, etc.)* 2
MH 111 Historical Survey of Music 3
PCA 200 Introduction to Visual Art 3
__ ___ Fine Arts Electives (may include AM011-012) 6
DA190-DA490 Performance Attendance Requirements P/F
* Proficiency for AM 013 Keyboard Skills must be demonstrated
  Total Required Courses in Related Areas 30

Core Curriculum

Course # Course Title Hours
FYS 101, FYS 102 First Year Seminar 6
PWB Physical Well Being 1
GHS 203-208 Global and Historical Studies 6
Areas of Inquiry Text and Ideas, The Social World, Analytic Reasoning 9
  Total Core Curriculum 22
Dance Electives   4
Free Electives      15
  Total Number Of Credit Hours for Degree 128

Bachelor of Science in Dance-Arts Administration

This degree combines dance courses with business courses related to not-for-profit arts management and a strong internship program to prepare students for careers and leadership positions in the arts.

Summary of Requirements

128 Credit Hours

Required Courses in the Area of Concentration

Course # Course Title Hours
DA 109-110 Professional Practices P/F
DA 111-112, 213-214 (or 113-114, 215-216), 119-120, 219-220 Ballet Technique 1 & 2 (or Ballet 2 & 3 or 3 & 4 or Men's) 8
DA 410 Ballet Technique 3 or 4 or Men's Ballet 4
DA 141-142 Jazz 1 2
DA 131-132, 231-232 Modern Technique 1 & 2 4
DA 121-122 or 125-126 Pointe (Women) or Pas de Deux (Men) 2
DA 247 Character Dance 1
DA 248 World Dance Technique 1
DA 161 Body Placement 1
DA 166 Masterworks of Dance 2
DA 263 Music for Dance (Theory) 1
DA 365W-366C Dance History 1 & 2 (Writing Intensive and Speaking Across the Curriculum) 6
DA 261 Laban Movement Analysis 2
DA 233 Improvisation 1
DA 361 Choreography 1 2
DA 466 Theory & Philosophy of Dance 2
DA 151-152, 251-252, 351 or 352
(DA 351 satisfies the ICR core requirement)
Butler Ballet 6
  Total Required Courses In Dance 45

Required Courses in Business/Journalism*

Course # Course Title Hours
AC 203, 204 Accounting 1 & 2 6
EC 231 Principles of Microeconomics 3
JR 112 Writing for Print Media 3
*Computer Proficiency is required; Completion Of Proficiency Exam Or CS 101
  Subtotal 12
12 credits from the following, of which one course must be an STR course:
MS 100 Basic Excel Skills (Pre-req for Business Minor) 1
CS 101 Computers in the Modern World 3
JR 315 News Photography 3
STR 222 Principles of Strategic Communication 3
STR 228 Promotional Writing 3
STR 251 Design and Production for Strategic Communication 3
STR 324W Ethics and Case Problems in Strategic Communication 3
STR 328W Public Relations Writing 3
LE 263 Legal Environment of Business 3
MG 360 Organizational Behavior 3
MK 280  Principles of Marketing
  Subtotal 12
  Total Required Courses In Business 24

Required Courses in Arts Administration

Course # Course Title Hours
AA 301 Introduction to Arts Management 3
AA 401 Arts Administration Seminar 3
AA 450W or 325, 335, 383, 390, 425 Senior Seminar or a Seminar in Arts Admin 3
AA 400  Internship Preparation 
AA 475 Internship in Arts Administration 6
  Total Required Courses In Arts Administration 15

Required Courses in Related Areas

Course # Course Title Hours
8 credits from the following:
MH 111 Historical Survey of Music 3
DA 492 Introduction to Acting 2
PCA 200 Introduction to Visual Art 3
DA190-DA490 Performance Attendance Requirements P/F
  Total Required Courses In Related Areas 8

Core Curriculum

Course # Course Title Hours
FYS 101, FYS 102 First Year Seminar 6
PWB Physical Well Being 1
GHS 203-208 Global and Historical Studies 6
Areas of Inquiry Text and Ideas, The Social World, The Natural World, Analytic Reasoning 14
  Total Core Curriculum 27
Dance Electives    6
Free Electives    3
  Total Credit Hours for Degree 128

NOTE: The information found on this website with respect to major/minor/program requirements is primarily directed at providing prospective students a general roadmap of the curriculum.  Current Butler students are expected to review their degree audit report at my.butler.edu and speak with their advisor regularly for detailed information regarding their specific degree requirements and their progress toward degree completion.