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bfa/dance program


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

The 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.

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The mission of the BFA/Dance Program is to cultivate student’s creative, performance, and scholarly aptitude through exposure to diverse practical and philosophical approaches to dance studies. It will also develop and nurture 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 local, regional, national, and global stages. 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.


Our philosophy is student centered. We use the disciplines of theatre and dance to develop and strengthen students, in order to impart knowledge, creativity, and individual character through instruction, co-curricular activity and service outreach.






 Meet Our Dance Faculty

View the Dance Major Curriculum

View the Dance Minor Curriculum