BA Degree in Dance…
The Bachelor of Arts in Dance program offers the best program for dancers who wish to prepare for work in ballet, modern and jazz, dance performance and choreography.
The Dance Major Program at The University of Alabama provides professional standards for technique in Ballet, Modern and Jazz Dance complemented by a choreographic curriculum. Admission to the Dance Major program is by audition only. Required course work includes Anatomy for Dance, two semesters of Dance History, Choreography I, Lighting and Sound for Dance and a variety of dance technique classes. For more information on university and core curriculum requirements, please visit the course list on BA Dance.
The Alabama Repertory Dance Theatre (ARDT) is the pre-professional company in residence founded by Professor Cornelius Carter to prepare and enrich dance students for the diverse demands of a professional career. ARDT sets a very competitive standard in technical proficiency and artistic creativity. Auditions for ARDT occur in the Fall Semester with possibilities for touring experience.Members of ARDT perform each semester in works by faculty and guest artists.
UA is also host to one of the American Ballet Theatre’s Summer Intensive workshops The University of Alabama was selected by the American Ballet Theatre to host the first satellite program outside New York City for its Summer Ballet Intensive in 1997. In that first year, one hundred eighty-nine of America’s most talented dancers, representing 30 states including Hawaii plus Bermuda and Puerto Rico were in attendance. Please visit the ABT page for more information regarding the American Ballet Theatre Summer Intensive.
The faculty-adjudicated student concert, Dance Alabama!, presents two full concerts each season in Morgan Auditorium. In addition, the dance program maintains an active outreach program that includes lecture demonstrations and performances for school and community organizations throughout the region. There is an active exchange between the American Ballet Theatre and other professional venues, both nationally and internationally. Our alums have worked in professional companies such as the Radio City Rockettes, Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Company, Dayton Contemporary, Philidanco, Gus Giordano, Alabama Ballet, Complexions, Atlanta Ballet, STREB Dance Company, Jeanne Ruddy Dance, Disney Productions, national Broadway tours and cruise lines. In addition, they are admitted to top graduate schools and manage their own private studios. The University of Alabama Dance Program is a contributing member of the American College Dance Festival Association (ACDFA), attending all regional festivals to present student, faculty and guest artist choreography.
Admission Information: Admission to the Dance Program is by audition only. A Dance Major must achieve and maintain a 3.0 GPA and show proficiency in movement techniques. Students must demonstrate technical ability at the intermediate or advanced level of technique in ballet, modern or jazz (includes tap) to be considered as a Dance Major. Prospective students may be considered by attending auditions either in the fall or spring semester. The audition dates are selected around the Theatre & Dance season and are typically during the second concert of the fall semester (October or November) and the first concert of the spring semester (usually February).
It is preferable to attend an audition in person, however, for special cases a DVD or video link can be submitted. The video should be approximately 5 minutes and demonstrate work at the barre and center in ballet. This work must include developpe a la seconde, first arabesque and center adagio, petite allegro and pirouette combinations. If the prospective student is comfortable en pointe, work should be included to demonstrate this. Demonstration of proficiency in another style such as jazz, modern or tap must be included. If the prospective student wishes to send an example of his/her choreography, this may be added to the 5 minute technique portion of the audition video. If a DVD is mailed, it will not be returned. Links to material posted on YouTube or Vimeo are preferred.
Catalog: Additional information regarding courses in UA’s catalog can be found by visiting the Academic Catalog Entries for Dance Major.