The BFA in Dance is a performance-oriented contemporary dance program designed to prepare students professionally as performers, choreographers, educators, and active leaders of the dance community. Students in this program demonstrate technical mastery and devote their college study to an intensive and comprehensive dance curriculum.

Daily technical training in modern dance and ballet, and numerous performance opportunities develops a versatile dancer. Student progress in the BFA program is assessed consistently. Because of the professional nature of the BFA degree, the program requires completion of 124 credits of coursework.


Entrance to the program is by audition. Information about the audition process, including dates and audition application, can be found on the school web page, or by contacting the dance office at or 703-993-1114. Admission to the university is determined by the Admissions Office.


For policies governing all undergraduate degrees, see AP.5 Undergraduate Policies.

Banner Code: AR-BFA-DANC

Degree Requirements

Total credits: 123

Mason Core

Written Communication
ENGH 101Composition (Mason Core) 13
ENGH 302Advanced Composition (Mason Core) 13
Foundation Requirements
Quantitative Reasoning3
Information Technology3
Exploration Requirements
Core Requirements
Natural Science 27
Global History3
Social and Behavioral Sciences3
Total Credits31

Nonnative speakers of English with limited proficiency in the language may substitute ENGH 100 Composition for Multilingual Writers (Mason Core) for ENGH 101 Composition (Mason Core). Students must attain a minimum grade of C in ENGH 100 Composition for Multilingual Writers (Mason Core) or ENGH 101 Composition (Mason Core), as well as in ENGH 302 Advanced Composition (Mason Core), to fulfill degree requirements.


Must include one laboratory science.

Dance Major Core

Additional technique and performance credits beyond those required in the major core may be applied to dance electives.

DANC 114Rhythmic Analysis and Music Resources for Dance3
DANC 150Dance Improvisation3
DANC 170Orientation to Dance Production1
DANC 190First Year Seminar0
DANC 210Anatomy and Kinesiology for Dance3
DANC 251Dance Composition I3
DANC 252Dance Composition II3
DANC 270Dance Production Lab1
DANC 360Choreography3
DANC 362RS: Directed Choreography1
DANC 370Dance Performance2
DANC 372Advanced Dance Production1
DANC 390Dance History I (Mason Core)3
DANC 391Dance History II (Mason Core)3
DANC 410Introduction to Contemporary Movement Theories3
DANC 454Methods of Teaching Dance (Mason Core)3
DANC 490Senior Dance Seminar (Mason Core)3
Select 8 credits from the following:8
Modern/Contemporary Dance III (Mason Core) 2
Select 12 credits from the following:12
Intermediate Modern/Contemporary Dance I
Intermediate Modern/Contemporary Dance II
Advanced Modern/Contemporary Dance I (Mason Core)
Advanced Modern/ Contemporary Dance II
Select 8 credits from the following:8
Ballet III (Mason Core)
Select 12 credits from the following:12
Intermediate Ballet I
Intermediate Ballet II
Advanced Ballet I
Advanced Ballet II
Dance Electives
Select 4 credits from the following:4
Global Dance Perspectives I (Mason Core)
Dance in Popular Culture (Mason Core)
Special Topics in Dance I
Beginning Jazz Technique (Mason Core)
Beginning Tap Dance (Mason Core)
Modern/Contemporary Dance II (Mason Core)
Intermediate Jazz Technique (Mason Core)
Ballet II (Mason Core)
Global Dance Perspectives II (Mason Core)
Introduction to Dance Conditioning
Modern/Contemporary Dance III (Mason Core)
Advanced Jazz Dance (Mason Core)
Ballet III (Mason Core)
RS: Directed Choreography
Dance Performance
Residency Workshop
Independent Study
Introduction to Contemporary Movement Theories
Global Dance Intensive (Mason Core)
Special Topics in Dance II
Advanced Modern/Contemporary Dance I (Mason Core)
Advanced Ballet II
Advanced Modern/ Contemporary Dance II
Ballet IV
Teaching Creative Movement
Independent Choreography
Advanced Dance Performance
Advanced Residency Workshop
Or other courses approved by the School of Dance Director or Advisor
Total Credits83

Meets Mason Core global understanding requirement


Three credits will meet the Mason Core arts requirement.


BFA majors are encouraged to complete coursework in any of the following areas to enhance their artistry:9
Total Credits9

Bachelors of Fine Arts in Dance Sample Plan of Study 

The sample plan below is a recommended sequencing of courses based on pre-requisites and scheduling. This may not fit every student's needs and is a guideline, not a requirement. Students should confirm major requirements with their academic advisor and with PatriotWeb Degree Evaluation to ensure they enroll in the proper courses and are on track to graduate.

First Year
Fall SemesterCreditsSpring SemesterCredits
ENGH 1013DANC 2103
MATH 1063DANC 2513
DANC 1503DANC 2701
DANC 1701DANC 3251
DANC 3251DANC 3051
DANC 3051DANC 3451
DANC 3451DANC 3041
DANC 3041DANC 3701
DANC 1900HIST 1003
DANC 3701 
 15 15
Second Year
Fall SemesterCreditsSpring SemesterCredits
DANC 3251DANC 3251
DANC 3151DANC 3151
DANC 3451DANC 3452
DANC 3141DANC 3141
DANC 1143DANC 3603
DANC 2523DANC 3721
Mason Core (Literature)3DANC 4103
Mason Core (Social Science)3Mason Core (Lab Science)4
 16 16
Third Year
Fall SemesterCreditsSpring SemesterCredits
DANC 425 or 3252DANC 4252
DANC 3251DANC 3251
DANC 4241DANC 3451
DANC 3451DANC 4242
DANC 3903DANC 3913
DANC 3621Dance Elective1
Elective 1Mason Core (IT)3
Mason Core (Non-Lab Science)3General Elective 3
Mason Core (ENGH 302)3 
 16 16
Fourth Year
Fall SemesterCreditsSpring SemesterCredits
DANC 3251DANC 4352
DANC 4352DANC 3251
DANC 4342DANC 3453
DANC 3451DANC 4903
DANC 4543Dance Elective 1
Dance Elective1General Electives5
Mason Core (Global Understanding)3 
General Elective 2 
 15 15
Total Credits 124

Detailed four year plans and degree planning checklists can be found at