BFA in Classical Chinese Dance

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Classical Chinese Dance

Fei Tian’s BFA program in classical Chinese dance offers world-class pre-professional intensive and systematic training to develop professional artists of classical Chinese dance. This program is designed to equip its graduates with the knowledge, techniques, and abilities needed to perform, choreograph, or teach classical Chinese dance professionally.

Goals of the program include:

  • Prepare students for successful careers in performance, choreography, and/or teaching of classical Chinese dance.
  • Help students develop a genuine appreciation for the beauty and depth of classical Chinese dance.
  • Nurture in students the integrity and ethicality necessary for building and sustaining a successful professional career.
  • Provide students opportunities to gain real-world performance experience, in order to better prepare them for careers related to the field.

The student learning outcomes of the BFA program are:

  • To be able to demonstrate professional-level techniques and performance ability in classical Chinese dance.
  • To be able to apply principles of dance composition to produce creative works.
  • To be able to sustain and forward classical Chinese dance using supportive theoretical knowledge.

The academic requirements for graduation are the successful completion of the degree requirements, as described in Table 1, with a minimum overall GPA of 2.0 and a minimum major GPA of 2.5.

Table 1: Summary of Degree Requirements for the BFA in Classical Chinese Dance

Degree Requirements
Credits
General Education (LAS)
35
Major Core
70
Major Concentration
20
Major Electives
9
Total Credits
134

The major core courses include intensive foundational training in the four component areas of classical Chinese dance, as well as training in Chinese ethnic and folk dance styles and the study of well-known dance repertoire. These courses also lay foundational knowledge in areas related to dance performance, including music, dance composition, dance history, and dance science. This major core curriculum equips students with technical and performance skills as well as the knowledge to develop their artistry and enhance their understanding of the profound cultural implications of classical Chinese dance. Table 2 details the major core courses. These courses are open only to students majoring in classical Chinese dance.

Table 2: Major Core Requirements for the BFA in Classical Chinese Dance (70 credits)

Course CodeCourse TitleCrPrerequisitesNotes
DAN101RFundamentals of Classical Chinese Dance I3 Repeat for a total of 6 credits
DAN201RFundamentals of Classical Chinese Dance II36 cr of DAN101RRepeat for a total of 6 credits
DAN301RFundamentals of Classical Chinese Dance III46 cr of DAN201RRepeat for a total of 8 credits
DAN401RFundamentals of Classical Chinese Dance IV48 cr of DAN301RRepeat for a total of 8 credits
DAN102RShen Yun I11.5 Repeat for a total of 3 credits
DAN202RShen Yun II1.53 credits of DAN102RRepeat for a total of 3 credits
DAN302RShen Yun III1.53 credits of DAN202RRepeat for a total of 3 credits
DAN402RShen Yun IV1.53 credits of DAN302RRepeat for a total of 3 credits
DAN104RChinese Folk and Ethnic Dances I1 Repeat for a total of 2 credits
DAN204RChinese Folk and Ethnic Dances II12 cr of DAN104RRepeat for a total of 2 credits
DAN304RChinese Folk and Ethnic Dances III1.52 cr of DAN204RRepeat for a total of 3 credits
DAN404RChinese Folk and Ethnic Dances IV1.53 cr of DAN304RRepeat for a total of 3 credits
DAN103RSpecial Techniques in Chinese Dance I1 Repeat for a total of 2 credits
DAN203RSpecial Techniques in Chinese Dance II12 cr of DAN103RRepeat for a total of 2 credits
DAN121Performing and Acting2  
MUS110Music for Dancers3  
DAN221RRepertory and Rehearsal I1 Repeat for a total of 2 credits
DAN232Mind, Body, and Dance2  
DAN311ADance Pedagogy A2  
DAN312AChoreography A2  
DAN312BChoreography B2DAN312A 
DAN342History of Dance: East and West2  

1 Note: This term is completely distinct from the organization name Shen Yun Performing Arts, despite its being a homophone.

By the beginning of the junior year, students must declare a concentration: Performance and Choreography, Dance Pedagogy, or Dance Production. Major advisors and the department Chair may assist students in making an appropriate choice. The declaration process involves filing a completed declaration form at the Office of Admissions and Records. Tables 3, 4, and 5 list course requirements for the Performance and Choreography concentration, Dance Pedagogy concentration, and Dance Production concentration, respectively.

Table 3: Major Concentration Requirements for Performance and Choreography (20 credits)

Course CodeCourse TitleCrPrerequisitesNotes
DAN321RRepertory and Rehearsal II22 cr of DAN221RRepeat for a total of 4 credits
DAN421RRepertory and Rehearsal III24 cr of DAN321RRepeat for a total of 4 credits
DAN412AAdvanced Choreography2DAN312B 
DAN412BIndependent Study in Choreography2DAN412A 
DAN414Music Literature in Chinese Dance2MUS110 
DAN430Stagecraft and Dance Production2Senior class standing 
Complete one of the following    
DAN450Research Paper4Instructor consent 
DAN451Senior Production4Instructor consent 
DAN455Advanced Dance Practicum IV4Instructor consent 

Table 4: Major Concentration Requirements for Dance Pedagogy (20 credits)

Course CodeCourse TitleCrPrerequisitesNotes
DAN311BDance Pedagogy B3DAN311A 
DAN341Policies and Standards in Dance Education1  
DAN352Classical Chinese Dance Pedagogy – Peer Observation2 Co-requisite: DAN311B
DAN403Repertory and Analysis2Junior class standing 
DAN410Educational Psychology in Context2  
DAN411Dance in Education1Junior class standing 
DAN413Principles of Guidance & Pedagogy3  
DAN430Stagecraft and Dance Production2Senior class standing 
DAN452Dance Teaching Practicum4DAN311B & 341 

Table 5: Major Concentration Requirements for Dance Production (20 credits)

Course CodeCourse TitleCrPrerequisitesNotes
LAS272Drawing I2  
LAS273Drawing II2LAS272 or SPD111A 
SPD212Scenic and Set Design I3LAS273 or SPD111B 
SPD213Lighting Design and Production I3SPD212 
SPD327Rending and Projection Techniques2  
SPD330Stage Management: Concepts and Practice3  
DAN350Independent Study in Dance: Production1Instructor consent 
Complete one of the following    
DAN450Research Paper4Instructor consent 
DAN451Senior Production4Instructor consent 
DAN455Advanced Dance Practicum IV4Instructor consent 

All BFA students majoring in classical Chinese dance must complete 9
credits of coursework in major or major-related electives. Table 6
lists courses approved to satisfy this requirement.

Table 6: Major Electives (9 Credits Required)

Course Code Course Title Cr Prerequisites Notes
DAN155 Dance Practicum I 3 Instructor consent
DAN255 Dance Practicum II 3 Instructor consent
DAN355 Dance Practicum III 3 Instructor consent
DAN350 Independent Study in Dance 1-4 Instructor consent
DAN370 Internship 1-3 Instructor consent
LAS272 Drawing I 2

LAS273 Drawing II 2 LAS272 or SPD111A
LAS312 Chinese Calligraphy and Painting 2

MUS102A Keyboard Skills A 1
Music Dept approval required
MUS102B Keyboard Skills B 1 MUS102A Music Dept approval required
MUS111A Western Music Theory A 2
Music Dept approval required
MUS111B Western Music Theory B 2 MUS111A Music Dept approval required

Sample BFA graduation plans for each concentration are available at the Office of Academic Services. Students are encouraged to meet with their academic advisors for individualized graduation planning.