B.A. in Dance
The Bachelor of Arts in Dance at UC Riverside is distinctive for its outstanding faculty of nationally recognized scholars and artists who draw from a variety of academic and creative backgrounds, including choreography, history, literature, performance studies, and cultural studies.
The program focuses on choreography and cultivation of cultural and historical perspectives on dance. Courses on movement practices, dance composition, performance, pedagogies, cultural and historical studies, and digital and screen studies are required. Movement practice courses are offered in modern dance, ballet, tap, and other dance/movement forms as they are practiced in various cultures of the world.
Students must participate in at least one production of “UCR is Dancing,” the annual concert series featuring original choreography and performance projects by students. This concert series also includes historical dance reconstructions by department faculty as well as original repertory created by visiting guest artists.
Visiting guest dancers, choreographers, and scholars come to UC Riverside frequently to give special workshops, master classes, and lectures. Past visiting guest artists include Bill T. Jones, Ann Carlson, Sara Shelton Mann, Joe Goode, Jacques Haim, Lula Washington, and Serge Benathan.
Opportunities to perform include “UCR is Dancing,” the Faculty Dance Concert, the Graduate Dance Concert, M.F.A. Dance Concerts, and the Contemporary Dance Ensemble, the Tap Troupe, and the Ballet Folklorico touring ensembles for the Gluck Fellows Program of the Arts.
Students must complete the general University requirements for admission to the Undergraduate Division. Applicants should access the Undergraduate Studies section for a complete listing, and http://www.ucr.edu/future/ for more information.
Students must complete the breadth requirements of the College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences. For a detailed list of requirements, see Degree Requirements.
The major requirements for the B.A. degree in Dance are as follows: A minimum of 74 units of course work in Dance, 38 of which are upper division.
Lower-division requirements (8 units):
DNCE 014, DNCE 019
Choreographies (12 units):
DNCE 114A, DNCE 114B, DNCE 114C
Histories/Cultures (8 units) 2 courses from:
DNCE 131/WMST 127, DNCE 132, DNCE 133, DNCE 134, DNCE 135
Performance/Productions (10 units):
DNCE 167, DNCE 180G and one quarter of DNCE 180J
Movement Practice (up to 24 units):
Dance majors must enroll in at least one movement practice course per quarter, and must pursue a concentration in two different dance genres of at least 6 units each. Up to 24 units may be counted towards the major from:
a) DNCE 067A, DNCE 067B, DNCE 067C (Modern Technique)
b) DNCE 071A, DNCE 071B (Ballet) DNCE 073A/LNST 073A, DNCE 073B/ LNST 073B (Dance of Mexico) DNCE 075A, DNCE 075B (World Dance Forms) DNCE 081A, DNCE 081B, DNCE 081C (Dance Cultures, Culture in Dance)
Electives (12 units) 12 units of additional coursework as follows:
a) At least 8 units must be drawn from the following upper division courses: DNCE 131/WMST 127, DNCE 132, DNCE 133, DNCE 134, DNCE 135, DNCE 155 (E-Z), DNCE 161/MCS 162, DNCE 162/MCS 162, DNCE 171 (E-Z), DNCE 172 (E-Z), DNCE 173 (E-Z), DNCE 180R
b) No more than 4 units may be drawn from the following movement practice and dance practicum courses: DNCE 067A, DNCE 067B, DNCE 067C, DNCE 071A, DNCE 071B, DNCE 073A/LNST 073A, DNCE 073B/LNST073B, DNCE 75A, DNCE 075B, DNCE 081A, DNCE 081B, DNCE 081C, DNCE 168, DNCE 180J, DNCE 180K
Students who minor in Dance receive an introduction to choreography, movement practice, and cultural and historical studies of dance that enable them to pursue upper-division courses germane to a particular focus in dance.
- Lower-division preparation (14 units)
- DNCE 014, DNCE 019
- Six (6) units from movement practice courses: DNCE 067A, DNCE 067B, DNCE 067C, DNCE 071A, DNCE 071B, DNCE 072A, DNCE 072B, DNCE 072C, DNCE 073A/LNST 073A, DNCE 073B/ LNST 073B, DNCE 075A, DNCE 075B, DNCE 081A, DNCE 081B, DNCE 081C
- Upper-division requirements (16 units):
4 courses from DNCE 114A, DNCE 114B, DNCE 114C, DNCE 131/WMST 127, DNCE 132, DNCE 133, DNCE 134, DNCE 135, DNCE 155 (E-Z), DNCE 161/MCS 161, DNCE 162/MCS 162, DNCE 171 (E-Z), DNCE 172 (E-Z), DNCE 173 (E-Z), DNCE 180 (E-Z)
See Minors under the College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences in the Colleges and Programs section of the catalog for additional information on minors.
New applicants to the B.A. in Dance at UC Riverside are eligible to audition for the Chancellor’s Performance Award, a scholarship of up to $4,500. The University of California, Riverside also offers support in the form of Student Assistantships, Fellowships, and other forms of financial aid. Students may also apply for research grants and stipends for summer dance studies.
For more information, contact:
Performing Arts Academic Advisor
Creative Writing, Dance, Music, and Theatre
M-Th 9-11am or 1-3pm
No advising on Fridays.
Student Advising Forms