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 11.3, with a minimum overall GPA of 2.0 and a minimum major GPA of 2.5.

Table 11.3 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 11.4 details the major core courses. These courses are open only to students majoring in classical Chinese dance.

Table 11.4 Major Core Requirements for the BFA in Classical Chinese Dance (70 credits)

Course Code Course Title Cr Prerequisites Notes
DAN101R Fundamentals of Classical Chinese Dance I 3
Repeat for a total of 6 credits
DAN201R Fundamentals of Classical Chinese Dance II 3 6 cr of DAN101R Repeat for a total of 6 credits
DAN301R Fundamentals of Classical Chinese Dance III 4 6 cr of DAN201R Repeat for a total of 8 credits
DAN401R Fundamentals of Classical Chinese Dance IV 4 8 cr of DAN301R Repeat for a total of 8 credits
DAN102R Shen Yun I1 1.5
Repeat for a total of 3 credits
DAN202R Shen Yun II 1.5 3 credits of DAN102R Repeat for a total of 3 credits
DAN302R Shen Yun III 1.5 3 credits of DAN202R Repeat for a total of 3 credits
DAN402R Shen Yun IV 1.5 3 credits of DAN302R Repeat for a total of 3 credits
DAN104R Chinese Folk and Ethnic Dances I 1
Repeat for a total of 2 credits
DAN204R Chinese Folk and Ethnic Dances II 1 2 cr of DAN104R Repeat for a total of 2 credits
DAN304R Chinese Folk and Ethnic Dances III 1.5 2 cr of DAN204R Repeat for a total of 3 credits
DAN404R Chinese Folk and Ethnic Dances IV 1.5 3 cr of DAN304R Repeat for a total of 3 credits
DAN103R Special Techniques in Chinese Dance I 1
Repeat for a total of 2 credits
DAN203R Special Techniques in Chinese Dance II 1 2 cr of DAN103R Repeat for a total of 2 credits
DAN121 Performing and Acting 2

MUS110 Music for Dancers 3

DAN221R Repertory and Rehearsal I 1
Repeat for a total of 2 credits
DAN232 Mind, Body, and Dance 2

DAN311A Dance Pedagogy A 2

DAN312A Choreography A 2

DAN312B Choreography B 2 DAN312A
DAN342 History of Dance: East and West 2

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 11.5, 11.6, and 11.7 list course requirements for the Performance and Choreography concentration, Dance Pedagogy concentration, and Dance Production concentration, respectively.

Table 11.5 Major Concentration Requirements for Performance and Choreography (20 credits)

Course Code Course Title Cr Prerequisites Notes
DAN321R Repertory and Rehearsal II 2 2 cr of DAN221R Repeat for a total of 4 credits
DAN421R Repertory and Rehearsal III 2 4 cr of DAN321R Repeat for a total of 4 credits
DAN412A Advanced Choreography 2 DAN312B
DAN412B Independent Study in Choreography 2 DAN412A
DAN414 Music Literature in Chinese Dance 2 MUS110
DAN430 Stagecraft and Dance Production 2 Senior class standing
Complete one of the following



DAN450 Research Paper 4 Instructor consent
DAN451 Senior Production 4 Instructor consent
DAN455 Advanced Dance Practicum IV 4 Instructor consent

Table 11.6 Major Concentration Requirements for Dance Pedagogy (20 credits)

Course Code Course Title Cr Prerequisites Notes
DAN311B Dance Pedagogy B 3 DAN311A
DAN341 Policies and Standards in Dance Education 1

DAN352 Classical Chinese Dance Pedagogy – Peer Observation 2
Co-requisite: DAN311B
DAN403 Repertory and Analysis 2 Junior class standing
DAN410 Educational Psychology in Context 2

DAN411 Dance in Education 1 Junior class standing
DAN413 Principles of Guidance & Pedagogy 3

DAN430 Stagecraft and Dance Production 2 Senior class standing
DAN452Dance Teaching Practicum4DAN311B & 341

Table 11.7 Major Concentration Requirements for Dance Production (20 credits)

Course Code Course Title Cr Prerequisites Notes
LAS272 Drawing I 2

LAS273 Drawing II 2 LAS272 or SPD111A
SPD212 Scenic and Set Design I 3 LAS273 or SPD111B
SPD213 Lighting Design and Production I 3 SPD212
SPD327 Rending and Projection Techniques 2

SPD330 Stage Management: Concepts and Practice 3

DAN350 Independent Study in Dance: Production 1 Instructor consent
Complete one of the following



DAN450 Research Paper 4 Instructor consent
DAN451 Senior Production 4 Instructor consent
DAN455 Advanced Dance Practicum IV 4 Instructor consent

All BFA students majoring in classical Chinese dance must complete 9 credits of coursework in major or major-related electives. Table 11.8 lists courses approved to satisfy this requirement.

Table 11.8 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
MUS111BWestern Music Theory B2MUS111AMusic 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.