The B.F.A. training program offers a comprehensive, organic approach to dance. The B.F.A. degree is earned in an intensive three-year plus two-summer curriculum. Transfer students are expected to complete all department requirements. Technique classes emphasize alignment principles that lead to the most efficient use of the body. Somatics and yoga support these same principles and are part of the weekly technique schedule. Other first-year courses include dance composition, kinesthetics of anatomy, and music theory. The second year further develops these principles and adds courses in dance history, acting, improvisation, music literature, and advanced dance composition, where the skills acquired in music and composition classes in the first year are integrated. The third year, in the Second Avenue Dance Company, continues to integrate the information that has been acquired, with an emphasis on performance and choreography. Optional courses are available to the student who has developed a specific area of interest. In addition to departmental work, students are expected to take required academic courses.
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