VCU Dance offers a four-year B.F.A. degree concentration specifically designed for Richmond Ballet trainees. This unique program bridges trainee experience with the Richmond Ballet professional company and rigorous, pre-professional training with a focus in modern/contemporary dance and a strong ballet curriculum at VCU Dance. During the first two years, students earn VCU credit for their work at the Richmond Ballet while taking general education courses, dance history, and improvisation at VCU. Students then complete the degree at VCU, taking courses in modern/contemporary dance, ballet, composition, dance science, teaching methods and more. There are many opportunities to perform throughout the four years. This B.F.A. program is designed for disciplined students who seek versatility in both ballet and modern/contemporary dance. Within this degree track, Richmond Ballet Trainees enroll as full-time VCU Dance majors when they enroll in the Richmond Ballet Trainee Program. Students must pass auditions for both programs and meet VCU academic requirements for admission.
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The Virginia Commonwealth University Department of Dance and Choreography is a pre-professional program that provides students with numerous opportunities for individual artistic growth in a community setting where communication, collaboration, professionalism, and self-motivation are encouraged. VCU Dance seeks to create an invigorating educational environment designed to prepare students for the demands and challenges of a professional career as an informed and engaged artist in the field of dance.
Richmond Ballet’s mission is to awaken and uplift the human spirit, both for audiences and dancers. It is dedicated to the promotion, preservation and continuing evolution of the art form of ballet. Richmond Ballet strives to keep meaningful works of dance alive and to produce and foster new works that remain true to these values.
Virginia Commonwealth University
Department of Dance & Choreography
P.O. Box 843007, 1315 Floyd Avenue
Richmond, VA 23284-3007
p. 804-828-1711 f. 804-828-7356
Martha Curtis, Professor
407 East Canal Street
Richmond, VA 23219
p. 804-344-0906 f. 804-344-0901
Judy Jacob, Director of the School of the Richmond Ballet