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Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree: Dance Theatre

    Undergraduate Degree in Theatrical, Commercial, and Concert Dance.

    • Offered on the Los Angeles Campus (See Dance Theatre Certificate to BFA for NY Campus Option)
    • Accelerated Option Allows for Degree Completion in 2.5 years
    • Access to AMDA’s Mainstage Production Opportunities
    • Culminates in an Original Showcase Production
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Program Description +

The BFA Dance Theatre Degree Program provides a rigorous course of physical study that prepares pre-professional dancers for career opportunities in dance companies, on Broadway, and throughout the film and television industries. The primary dance techniques explored are contemporary, ballet, modern, jazz, hip-hop, tap, commercial jazz, and Broadway styles. By working with some of the industry's most sought after choreographers, dancers learn to blend precise technical choreography with individual interpretive storytelling, enhancing their ability to meet the demands of a competitive industry. Additional courses in acting, singing technique, kinetic storytelling, and original content creation help cultivate skills that allow for diverse casting and employment opportunities within the performing arts. Extensive course work in dance for camera provides students with industry standard reels ready for submission upon graduation. The final semester includes an industry showcase where dancers are presented to dance agencies, entertainment companies and dance industry guests.

Program Learning Outcomes +

Students completing the BFA Dance Theatre program should be able to:

    • Create compelling performance arcs demonstrating physical, vocal, and emotional specificity.
    • Demonstrate technical proficiency in ballet, jazz, modern, and a variety of movement styles and disciplines.
    • Memorize and reproduce extended sequences of theatrical movement with respect to space, time, motion, and energy.
    • Stand and move utilizing an aligned spine, free of unintended physical tension and mannerisms.
    • Develop and apply safe physical practices and holistic self-care.
    • Apply critical and interpretive analysis related to theatre, film, performance, and choreography.
    • Demonstrate ability to positively and effectively apply adjustments as directed.
    • Apply standard entertainment industry business practices regarding preparation, communication, and professionalism.
    • Engage in a collaborative production process.

Curriculum +

  1. Summary of Required Courses

    Program Category KeyCredits
    Dance Theatre Foundation84.5
    Elective (options may vary)6.0 - 6.5
    General Education30.5
    Total Credits Prescribed121.0 – 121.5
  2. Sample Curriculum

    First Semester Sample Curriculum

    DCB111-113 Core Techniques: Classical Ballet Foundations* 1.0
    DCO111-113 Core Techniques: Contemporary Ballet Foundations* 1.0
    DCC111-113 Core Techniques: Contemporary Foundations* 1.0
    DCJ111-113 Core Techniques: Classic Jazz Foundations* 1.0
    DNB111-113 Ballet 1.0
    DNM111-113 Modern 1.0
    DTP101 Dance Theatre Project I 2.0
    DN140 Iconic: Dance in Popular Culture 1.0
    DN130 Fitness and Injury Prevention 1.5
    AC116 Acting Fundamentals 1.5
    FS100 First-Semester Seminars 0.5
    ENG101 English Composition 3.0
    Total Credits 15.5

    Second Semester Sample Curriculum

    DCB111-113 Core Techniques: Classical Ballet Foundations* 1.0
    DCH111-113 Core Techniques: Hip-Hop Foundations* 1.0
    DCM111-113 Core Techniques: Modern Foundations* 1.0
    DCZ111-113 Core Techniques: Commercial Jazz* 1.0
    DNB111-113 Ballet 1.0
    DNM111-113 Modern 1.0
    DTP102 Dance Theatre Project II 2.0
    DN141 Iconic: Dance Theatre History 1.0
    AC100 Acting I: Beginning Scene Study 2.5
    MT122 Introduction to Singing Techniques 0.5
    General Education Selection 3.0
    Total Credits 15.0
    Total First Year Program Credits 30.5

    Third Semester Sample Curriculum

    DCB111-113 Core Techniques: Classical Ballet Foundations* 1.0
    DCJ111-113 Core Techniques: Classic Jazz Foundations* 1.0
    DCO111-113 Core Techniques: Contemporary Ballet Foundations* 1.0
    DCS111-113 Core Techniques: Broadway Styles/Theatre Dance* 1.0
    DNB111-113 Ballet 1.0
    DNJ111-113 Jazz 1.0
    DTP201 Dance Theatre Project III 2.0
    FL120 Acting for the Camera I 2.0
    DN_11_ Dance Specialty (Heels or Hip-Hop) 1.0
    Select one of the following elective courses: 1.0
    PI233-251 Finding Your Voice: Rotational Offering
    General Education Selection 3.0
    Total Credits 15.0

    Fourth Semester Sample Curriculum

    DCB111-113 Core Techniques: Classical Ballet Foundations* 1.0
    DCH111-113 Core Techniques: Hip-Hop Foundations* 1.0
    DCM111-113 Core Techniques: Modern Foundations* 1.0
    DCZ111-113 Core Techniques: Commercial Jazz* 1.0
    DN_11_ Dance Discipline (Ballet or Jazz) 1.0
    DTP202 Dance Theatre Project IV 2.0
    DN_11_ Dance Specialty (Dance Improvisation
    or Contemporary Partnering)
    1.0
    Select one of the following elective courses: 1.0-1.5
    PI233-251 Finding Your Voice: Rotational Offering (1.0)
    MT222 Singing Techniques I (1.0)
    MT338 Ensemble Singing for the Actor (1.5)
    General Education Selection 1 3.0
    General Education Selection 2 3.0
    Total Credits 15.5
    Total Second Year Program Credits 30.0 – 30.5

    Fifth Semester Sample Curriculum

    DC_11_ Core Techniques* (choose 1 of 4) 1.0
    DNO301 Dance Theatre Company V 2.0
    DN304 Dance Theatre: Kinetic Storytelling 2.0
    AC318 Career Preparation 1.0
    AC226 Wardrobe, Make-Up and Hair 1.0
    DN_11_ Dance Discipline (Ballet or Jazz) 1.0
    DN_11_ Dance Specialty (Latin Jazz or Haitian Dance) 1.0
    General Education Selection 1 3.0
    General Education Selection 2 3.0
    Total Credits 15.0

    Sixth Semester Sample Curriculum

    DC_11_ Core Techniques* (choose 2 of 4) 2.0
    DNO302 Dance Theatre Company VI 2.0
    DN342 Dance Theatre: Kinetic Storytelling for the Camera I 2.0
    DN_11_ Dance Discipline (Ballet or Jazz) 1.0
    DN_11_ Dance Specialty (Tap or Bollywood) 1.0
    Select one of the following elective courses: 1.0
    PI233-251 Finding Your Voice: Rotational Offering
    General Education Selection 1 3.0
    General Education Selection 2 3.0
    Total Credits 15.0
    Total Third Year Program Credits 30.0

    Seventh Semester Sample Curriculum

    D__11_ Core Techniques* (choose 2 of 4) 2.0
    DNB111-113 Ballet 1.0
    DNJ111-113 Jazz 1.0
    DNO401 Dance Theatre Company VII 2.0
    PI244 Original Content Creation 1.5
    DN_11_ Dance Specialty (Ballroom or Latin Fusion) 1.0
    DN_11_ Dance Specialty (Song and Dance or Street Jazz/Jazz Funk) 1.0
    Select one of the following elective courses: 1.5
    AC122 Improvisation I: Foundations
    SC100 Stage Combat I: Unarmed
    Select one of the following elective courses: 1.0
    AC422 Art of the Monologue
    PI233-251 Finding Your Voice: Rotational Offering
    General Education Selection 3.0
    Total Credits 15.5

    Eighth Semester Sample Curriculum

    DCC111-113 Core Techniques: Contemporary Foundations* 1.0
    DCM111-113 Core Techniques: Modern Foundations* 1.0
    DCS111-113 Core Techniques: Broadway Styles/Theatre Dance* 1.0
    DCZ111-113 Core Techniques: Commercial Jazz* 1.0
    DN_11_ Dance Discipline (Ballet or Jazz) 1.0
    DN303 Dance Theatre: Audition Techniques 1.0
    DN410 Dance Theatre: Reels 1.5
    DN430 Dance Theatre Production Showcase 4.0
    DN420 Industry and Networking 1.5
    DN_11_ Dance Specialty (Heels or Hip-Hop) 1.0
    DN_11_ Dance Specialty (Tap or Contemporary Partnering) 1.0
    Total Credits 15.0
    Total Fourth Year Program Credits 30.5
    Total Program Credits121.0 – 121.5

    Students must audition and successfully perform in at least 1 Production (includes: Showcase, BFA Play, BFA Musical, Dance Theatre Concert and BlackBox).
    *Courses designated with an asterisk are offered on a rotating basis.

Admission Requirements +

Please note that applying to AMDA is a multi-step process. Be sure to follow ALL 6 steps below to ensure the submission of a successful application.

  1. Submit Your Application +

    To apply, you must be at least 16 years old and/or in the final two years of high school/secondary education*.

    AMDA also accepts applications from CommonApp and Royall VIP. If you have already applied through one of our partners, you do not need to apply again through our website.

    * If you are not yet 16, we would encourage you to consider attending the AMDA High School Conservatory.

  2. Complete Your AMDA Audition +

    Admission and scholarship consideration to AMDA require an audition. AMDA offers a robust calendar of auditions including regional auditions, campus auditions, live-online auditions and video submissions. Scheduling your audition will prompt a phone call with one of our enrollment specialist (or another term for call center) to help you prepare for a successful audition.

    IMPORTANT NOTE: To better prepare for your AMDA audition, we strongly encourage ALL applicants to review the Audition Instructions page prior to scheduling an audition or submitting a video submission.
  3. Phone interview with Admissions +

    This interview is an opportunity for us to get to know you, and for you to tell us about your educational background, and your interest in pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Arts at AMDA.

    We will be calling you, but if you would like to schedule an appointment for this interview, please email admissionsteam@amda.edu with the best day, time, and phone number to reach you.

  4. SUBMIT YOUR PERSONAL ESSAY +

    Towards the bottom of the application, space is provided for you to write a personal essay (500 words minimum) on the following topic: "Describe a challenging experience in your life and what you learned from it." Remember, this is an important part of your application, so answer thoughtfully!

    If you submitted your application but still need to submit your essay, click the button below.

  5. Submit One Letter of Recommendation +

    Please request and submit two letters of recommendation from teachers, school leaders, guidance counselors, coaches, or anyone familiar with your background and potential. Your recommendation letter must be written in English and signed and dated. To help with this process, please feel free to use AMDA's recommendation form by clicking the link below. Recommendation letters/forms may be submitted via email to docs@amda.edu or by mailing to the address on the form.

  6. Submit Your Academic Records (Transcripts) +

    Send an official transcript from your high school and (if applicable) college. Official transcripts from every educational institution that you listed in your application must be forwarded to AMDA. Please select one of the following options for submitting your official transcripts:
    1. If your high school or college uses the free service Parchment, please click below.

    2. If your high school or college does not use Parchment, please send the transcript request form to your guidance counselor/transcript office and request that they send your transcript(s) to AMDA using the address on the form.


    Important Note: The minimum grade point average (GPA) required for AMDA's programs is 2.0 out of 4.0 or its equivalent in other grading systems.


Multiple dancers in matching white costumes frolic in synchrony
Two dancers share an intimate interpretive dance
A dancer strikes a triangular pose with his elbow and gaze towards the sky as he is filmed
A dancer moves into the embracing support of another while a third dancer walks past in the background
A dancing duet with one dancer supporting the standing splits of the foremost of the pair
A dancer in a long white dress dips backwards with the assistance of another's embrace
A dancer wearing an unmarked jersey strikes a pose with arms lifted and both palms pushing outwards the ground