VCU Dance became a BFA program in 1981, moving from the Physical Education Program into the VCU School of the Arts. Compared with many of the nation’s most acclaimed and well-established dance programs which have been developing since the 1950s, VCU Dance has created and refined an exceptional BFA Degree Program in a relatively short amount of time. Over the last fifteen years, VCU Dance has soared into national visibility and recognition with the success of its BFA program and of its students, faculty, and alumni, as well as the celebrity of its guest artist program.
Over the years VCU Dance has had a commitment to bringing breadth and depth to the curriculum. The curriculum now includes extensive education in modern dance and choreography with additional curriculum in ballet, dance history, pedagogy, somatics, African dance, jazz, tap, contact improvisation, video choreography, dance management, kinesiology, and yoga. We also offer weekly workshops in a variety of dance areas not covered in the regular curriculum. Guest artist have included the Kate Weare Company, Stephanie Martinez, Ballet Hispanico, Rick McCullough, Stephen Petronio Company, Stefanie Batten Bland, Heidi Weiss, Daniel Gwirtzman, Miguel Gutierrez, Tania Isaac, Meisha Bosma, Jawole Willa Jo Zollar, Urban Bush Women, Monica Bill Barnes, Robert Battle, Gerri Houlihan, Limón Dance Company, Tere O’Connor, Doug Varone and the Doug Varone Dance Company, The Martha Graham Dance Company, Paul Taylor, Garth Fagan Dance Company, Joe Goode and The Joe Goode Performance Company, David Dorfman and David Dorfman Dance, Ralph Lemon, and Bebe Miller.