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Department of Dance + Choreography

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Preparing students for lifelong careers in dance.

The VCUarts Dance community seeks to shape the future of the field. We are a vital, energetic department with an established reputation, diverse guest artist program and professionally active faculty dedicated to student success. Graduates of our program thrive as performers, makers, teachers, administrators, and in many other facets of the field of dance.

VCUarts Dance’s teaching and learning environment offers a high level of student/faculty interaction. Our facilities include eight dance studios with floor-to-ceiling windows and a fully-staffed theater designed for dance.

Dance is a pre-professional program that provides students with numerous opportunities for individual artistic growth in a community that values communication, collaboration, and self-motivation. The department, an accredited member of the National Association of Schools of Dance, provides an invigorating educational environment designed to prepare students for the demands and challenges of a career as an informed and engaged artist in the field of dance.

Programs

Dance + Choreography offers two options for undergraduate students at VCUarts. In addition to a dual track major with a special concentration for Richmond Ballet trainees, the department also includes a minor.

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Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance and Choreography

The Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance and Choreography requires a total of 120 credits, with 90 of those credits as the major core curriculum. Students can choose to focus on either program’s tracks: technique and performance, or creative. In the technique and performance track, students commit to disciplined training and concentration in the medium of modern and contemporary dance, while in the creative track, students develop their choreographic potential.

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Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance and Choreography with a concentration in performance/Richmond Ballet

VCUarts 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 VCUarts Dance.

Minor in Dance and Choreography

Students can begin accruing credit hours toward a dance minor at any time. Requests for the minor can be made only after the student has earned a minimum of eight credits in dance at VCU, with a minimum overall GPA of 2.0. (Transfer credits are not accepted toward the minor.) Minor requests are to be submitted to the dance minor adviser and approved by the department chair.

Dance Events

The Department of Dance + Choreography maintains a production calendar full of opportunities for students to perform and choreograph. Events held throughout the academic year bring a variety of ambitious dances and films to the VCUarts stage, and provide the Richmond community a chance to see the work of talented young dancers and choreographers.

Facilities

VCU Dance majors take dance classes and rehearse in the seven studios of the Dance Center; at the Depot Annex Studio, and in the Grace Street Theater. The Dance Office at 1315 Floyd Ave. houses the department’s administrative and faculty offices, as well as instructional space.

VCU Grace Street Theater

The Grace Street Theater at 934 W. Grace St. is the primary performance venue for the Department of Dance + Choreography. The Department of Art History and the Cinema program also use the renovated historic theater for classes and film screenings. In addition to its university uses, the 225-seat theater is available to the Richmond community to rent for dance performances, film festivals, guest artist lectures and other events.

VCU Dance Center

The VCU Dance Center at 10 N. Brunswick St. houses the Department of Dance + Choreography studios for dance and movement classes and features free performances for students several times a year.

Depot Annex

The Depot Annex at 801 W. Marshall St. is located behind the main Depot building. It houses administrative, advisor and faculty offices for the Department of Kinetic Imaging, along with a dance studio. The Annex is outfitted with a media equipment checkout room, a computer lab, a soundproof recording studio with instruments, and an infinity wall.

Dance Life

Wellness Resources

Students in VCUarts Dance enjoy support and instruction from passionate faculty and staff whose professional expertise help students better understand their practice.

Akram Khan and Israel Galván in Torobaka, photo Jean Louis Fernandez

Guest Artists

Our guest artists bring valuable advice from years of work in their field, and our student resources are built to promote your health and your future career.

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