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First and Only HBCU in South to Offer BFA Degree in Dance

While other Historically Black Colleges and Universities offer the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, Alabama State University is the first and only HBCU in the South to offer the BFA degree specifically in dance.

ASU Dance Majors Perform at Kennedy Center

Students in ASU’s new Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance program performed at the prestigious Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. Read more.

Award-Winning Faculty of Choreographers

Our faculty features professional choreographers who bring impressive backgrounds of diverse talents and specialties in dance.

Each of our dance faculty have received numerous awards for their research and scholarship, ranging from individual artist fellowships, to funding to support creative research. Learn more.

Extended Performing Opportunities

Our program has two performing companies: Eclectic Dance Company, a campus-wide audition-based ensemble, and the Alabama State University Dance Company, a pre-professional ensemble of BFA dance majors exclusively.

Numerous Student Enrichment Opportunities

Students in the BFA/Dance Program have opportunities to attend national and regional dance conferences, on and off-campus master classes, and to benefit from numerous choreographic experiences.

Rigorous, Comprehensive Dance Curriculum

Our curriculum is designed to produce high caliber, diverse, and technically proficient dance artists who contribute to their craft regionally, nationally, and globally. Learn more.

BFA/Dance Program

Inspired by Dean Tommie Stewart’s vision to formally bring dance to the forefront at Alabama State University, it now offers a Bachelor Fine Arts degree in dance. ASU is one of only two institutions of higher learning in the entire state of Alabama, and is the first and only HBCU in the nation to offer the degree specifically in dance. ASU’s BFA/Dance Program attracts talented students from across the United States.

Alabama State University’s BFA/Dance Program provides a rigorous and comprehensive dance curriculum designed to produce high caliber, diverse, and technically proficient dance artists, who contribute to the field of dance regionally, nationally, and globally. With ballet, modern, African or Hip Hop as foundationally techniques, students can further choose jazz or tap as a focused elective. With comfortable classroom student to teacher ratios, individualized attention is given to each student’s professional dance development and unique talents within the BFA/Dance Program at Alabama State University.

We invite you to browse our website watch the video below to learn even more about our program!

  For more videos, visit the BFA Performance Videos page.

 Mission Statement

The mission of the Alabama State University’s BFA/Dance Program is to cultivate student’s creative, performance, and scholarly aptitude through exposure to diverse practical and philosophical approaches to dance studies, while developing and nurturing their technical proficiency in various dance forms.





The vision of the Alabama State University BFA/Dance Program is to produce high caliber, diverse, and technically proficient dance artists, who contribute to the field of dance on a local, regional, national, and global stage. Our quest is to empower students to become productive scholars, creative artists, and work as collaborative individuals. Students confidently take their place in the world by understanding contextually the significance of the African diaspora on the world of dance.


 Auditions for 2016-17

In-Person Auditions

Auditions are held for those interested in pursuing a dance major or minor, as well as those seeking a dance scholarship. In-person audition dates for the 2017-18 academic year are:


Online Audition Form

The BFA Dance Program at ASU accepts online audition submissions year round; however, if you are interested in receiving a scholarship, it is highly recommended that you attend one of the two on-campus auditions.

 Important Links

Meet Our Dance Faculty

View the Dance Major Curriculum

View the Dance Minor Curriculum

Browse Photo Gallery

Watch Performance Videos

View Complete List of Upcoming Events




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Dancer Profiles

  • Jaylon Givan

    Jaylon Givan
    Junior, Dance

    Jaylon Givan aspires to dance professionally and to teach dance to college students. ASU's BFA Dance Program is providing the training he needs to make his dreams come true.

    Read More

  • Lauren Smith

    Lauren Smith
    Junior, Dance

    As one of the first students to enter ASU's BFA Dance Program, Lauren Smith says she is honored and excited to be part of a new legacy at a school with such rich history.

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  • Bridgette Moore

    Bridgette Moore
    Senior, Dance

    Bridgette Moore spends most of her time in the theatre, working hard to perfect her craft as a dance major. While the hard work is challenging, she credits her professors for always pushing her to be the very best.

    Read More

More Profiles

Contact Us

James Atkinson, MFA
Assistant Professor of Dance
Physical Therapy Coordinator
Phone: 1.334.229.6973

Kavin T. Grant, MFA
Assistant Professor of Dance
Dance Recruitment Coordinator
Phone: 1.334.229.6973

Michael Medcalf, MFA
Assistant Professor of Dance
BFA/Dance Program Director
Phone: 1.334.229.4352


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