Western Washington University · Bellingham, Washington
What is the study of Dance?
In the course of their Dance studies, students will learn to understand and evaluate contemporary thinking about dance and related arts, while nurturing a physical and intellectual understanding of the language of movement that is reflective of and insightful toward the human condition.
Why Should I Consider this Major?
The BFA Program in Dance is a professionally oriented degree, which presumes that students are seriously interested in the process of performing or choreographing and wish to make it their career. The BFA degree is a highly selective program which trains exceptionally committed, disciplined, and talented students to the level at which they might gain entry to a leading graduate, conservatory, or MFA Program, or directly enter one of the areas of the dancing profession.
“The program here at Western has given me a lot of technical training from teachers of many different backgrounds while nurturing my identity as an individual dancer. Here, we are encouraged to become the best dancers we can be, and through a focus on efficiency and injury prevention, the program ensures that we'll be able to do anything thrown at us and continue dancing for the rest of our lives.”
- Kyle Williams, Student
“Acceptance into the BFA degree program at Western is by invitation and is oriented toward performance and/or choreography. Spring quarter of junior year all dance majors are reviewed by the faculty as a whole and recommendations are made based on the demonstrated ability of the student, their work inside and outside of the classroom, and their ability to assimilate corrections. Those accepted are then assigned a faculty mentor who guides them through their final year of study, a culminating project that involves a capstone event, and possible apprenticeships with companies such as Montreal Danse and the Mark Morris Dance Group. The BFA is a rigorous, career oriented program designed to provide a bridge into the professional dance world.”
- Nolan Dennett, Faculty
- Dance Administration
- Dance Critic
- Dance Therapy
- Sports Training Teacher
- Sports Injury Professor
- Arts Administration