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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.

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 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.

 

 Vision

 

 

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.

 

 Purpose

 

 

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.

 

 

 Auditions


Auditions

Auditions are held for those interested in pursuing a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance major or minor, as well as those seeking a dance scholarship. Applicants must be admitted to ASU in addition to the BFA Dance Program.

 

Online Audition Form

The BFA Dance Program accepts online audition submissions year round; however, if you are interested in receiving a scholarship, it is highly recommended that you audition in person. If you have any questions or concerns regarding the auditions, please email the address provided below.

 

If you have any questions or concerns regarding the auditions, please email the address provided below.

 

Email: bfadance@alasu.edu

Website: alasubfadance.com

 

Audition Dates For The 2020-2021 Academic Year:

(COMING SOON)

 About the BFA Dance Program

The BFA Dance Program was inspired by former Dean Tommie Stewart’s vision to formally bring dance to the forefront at Alabama State University.  The former Dance Professor, Brian T. Vernon wrote the proposal, and it was brought to fruition and developed by Michael Medcalf, James R. Atkinson, Jr., and Gavin T. Grant  in 2013 to offer the BFA degree. ASU is one of only two institutions of higher learning in the entire state of Alabama, and it is the second HBCU in the nation to offer a degree specifically in dance. ASU’s BFA Dance Program attracts talented students from across the United States. Since the conception, the BFA Program has created dance concerts for the Eclectic Dance Company, Alabama State University Dance Company and presently offers a Fall and Spring Dance Concert. In addition students performed in opportunities, such as ASU Fall Convocation, Founders Day Convocation, Connection Day,  The President’s Gala, CVPA MLK Celebration, ASU Gospel Concert and much more.

Students of the BFA Dance Program are also offered opportunities to attend conferences in the state and across the nation each year that provides them with an opportunity to showcase the work and dance program of talented students and choreography. Currently, our Freshmen attend the Alabama Dance Festival, Sophomore attend the American College Dance Association, and the Juniors and Seniors attend the International Blacks in Dance Conference.

Over the course of the past seven years, the BFA Dance Program has been selected to present  at the American College Dance Association Gala Performance and selected to perform at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC. ASU has been invited twice to perform at The National Festival, normally a biennial event held to showcase dancers selected by the adjudicators from each of the regional conferences based on their outstanding artistic excellence and merit.

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, as foundationally techniques, students can further choose jazz,  tap, or hip-hop as a focused elective. With comfortable classroom size and 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. Students must maintain a 2.5 GPA to participate in the program, and are provided with an annual program Jury. 

After the inaugural class graduated in 2017, the graduates have gone on to work professionally with Dissonance Dance Theatre, Cleo Parker Robinson, Anthony Burrell Dance, Ballethnic Dance Company, Arova Contemporary Ballet, Columbia City Ballet, Collage Dance Collective, Elisa Monte Dance Trainee Program, Carnival Cruise Line, Walt Disney World Cruise Line,  Keith Sweat Entertainment, Atlanta Falcons Cheerleaders, Red Mountain Theatre,   Nation Tour of Hamilton,  Off Broadway productions and much more.

Additionally, other graduates have gone on to attend graduate school for dance at University of Illinois at Champaign, Dance Educators in Birmingham, Alabama, Atlanta, Georgia, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Texas Public School, and Booker T. Washington  Magnet High School in Montgomery, Alabama to highlight a few.

Guest Choreographers

Germaul Barnes                                                                   TereLyn Jones

Sarah Berry                                                                           Quan S. Littleton

Anthony Burrell                                                                    Michael Medcalf

Tiffany Rea Fisher                                                                Regine Metayar

Allyne D.Gartrell                                                                   Freddie Moore

Kavin T. Grant                                                                       Jeremy McQueen

Terence Greene                                                                     DeShona Pepper

Lawrence M. Jackson                                                           Martial Roumain

 

Master Classes

Viver Brasil

Cleo Parker Robinson Dance

Dayton Contemporary Dance Company

Elisa Monte Dance Company 

 


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