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Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree: Performing Arts (Dance Theatre)

    Undergraduate Degree for training across ALL performing arts disciplines with a concentration in Dance Theatre.

    • 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 Performing Arts (Dance Theatre) Degree Program is designed for dance and movement artists of all genres and backgrounds. This innovative program is steeped in physical theatre practices and theatrical and commercial dance styles. This eight-semester program prepares dance and movement artists for diverse career paths within the performing arts. This program provides for total immersion in current dance practices. Dance style explorations include hip-hop, jazz/funk, contemporary, theatre dance, and world dance styles. Supportive courses in ballet, jazz, and tap provide for movement versatility and adaptability. Additional courses in acting, singing technique, kinetic storytelling, and original content creation help cultivate interdisciplinary performance skills that allow for expanded modes of expression and career trajectories. The final semester includes an original showcase opportunity that provides a unique production experience built upon the strengths of each multi-disciplined performer. Students also have the opportunity to audition for AMDA’s Spotlight Industry Event, where students in their final semester present audition material to agents, managers, and industry representatives.

Program Learning Outcomes +

Students completing the Bachelor of Fine Arts in Performing Arts: Dance Theatre program should be able to:

    • Demonstrate well-rounded development in the performing arts, including critical thinking skills, advanced-level skills in performing arts, and enhanced creativity.
    • Work effectively in groups to create theatrical moments or events and solve production problems.
    • Demonstrate, across the various sub-fields, skills in personal discipline (organization, focus, energy, commitment), effectively applied to theatrical problem-solving and the creation of theatrical moments and events.
    • Formulate constructive critical responses to theatrical phenomenon.
    • Demonstrate comprehension and application of make-up techniques and materials.
    • Apply business practices to the promotion and maintenance of a sustainable career within the performing arts and performing arts adjacent industries.
    • Demonstrate well-rounded development in dance theatre, including advanced-level skills and enhanced creativity.
    • Apply the principles of dance training, choreography, and dance performance.
    • Understand and apply multiple theories of seeing, making, and practicing dance theatre in creative performance.
    • Work effectively in groups to co-create through collaboration, experimentation, and improvisation.

Curriculum +

  1. Summary of Required Courses

    Program Category KeyCredits
    Dance Theatre Foundation90.5-91.0
    Elective (options may vary)6.0 - 6.5
    General Education30.5
    Total Credits Prescribed127.0 – 127.5
  2. Sample Curriculum

    First Semester Sample Curriculum

    DCB111-113 PADT Core Techniques: Hip-hop Foundations 1.0
    PADT Core Techniques: Contemporary Foundations 1.0
    PADT Core Techniques: Theatre Dance Foundations 1.0
    PADT Core Techniques: Barre, Strength and Conditioning Foundations 1.0
    DTP101 Performing Arts Project 2.0
    MT122 Acting Fundamentals 1.5
    AC100 Acting I: Beginning Scene Study 2.5
    DN140 Iconic: Dance in Popular Culture 2.0
    DN130 Fitness & Injury Prevention 1.5
    AC116 PADT Ballet 1.0
    FS100 PADT Jazz 1.0
    ENG101 First Semester Seminar 0.5
    ENG101 English Composition 3.0
    Total Credits 15.5

    Second Semester Sample Curriculum

    DCB111-113 PADT Core Techniques: Hip-hop Foundations 1.0
    PADT Core Techniques: Contemporary Foundations 1.0
    PADT Core Techniques: Theatre Dance Foundations 1.0
    PADT Core Techniques: Barre, Strength and Conditioning Foundations 1.0
    DNB111-113 Performing Arts Project 2.0
    DNM111-113 Intro to Singing Techniques 0.5
    DTP102 Acting I: Beginning Scene Study 2.5
    DN141 Iconic: Dance Theatre History 1.0
    AC100 Iconic: DT History 1.0
    MT122 PADT Ballet 1.0
    MT122 PADT Tap 1.0
    MT122 PADT Jazz 1.0
    Select one of the following courses: 3.0
    Fundamentals of Oral Communication
    Problem Solving
    Applied Logic and Critital Thinking
    Total Credits 16.0
    Total First Year Program Credits 30.5

    Third Semester Sample Curriculum

    DCB111-113 PADT Core Techniques: Hip-hop Foundations 1.0
    PADT Core Techniques: Street Jazz Foundations 1.0
    PADT Core Techniques: Theatre Dance Foundations 1.0
    PADT Core Techniques: Contemporary Foundations 1.0
    Performing Arts Project 2.0
    Acting for Camera 1 2.0
    PADT Ballet 1.0
    PADT Jazz 1.0
    World Dance-Global Perspectives 1.0
    PADT Tap 1.0
    Select one of the following courses: 3.0
    Fundamentals of Oral Communication
    Problem Solving
    Applied Logic and Critital Thinking
    Total Credits 15.0

    Fourth Semester Sample Curriculum

    DCB111-113 PADT Core Techniques: Hip-hop Foundations 1.0
    PADT Core Techniques: Street Jazz Foundations 1.0
    PADT Core Techniques: Theatre Dance Foundations 1.0
    PADT Core Techniques: Contemporary Foundations 1.0
    Performing Arts Project 2.0
    Acting for Camera 1 2.0
    PADT Ballet 1.0
    Select one of the following elective courses: 1.0-1.5
    PI233-251 Ensemble Singing for the Actor (1.5)
    MT222 Singing Techniques I (1.0)
    MT338 Finding Your Voice (1.0)
    PADT Tumbling 1.0
    Select one of the following courses: 3.0
    Fundamentals of Oral Communication
    Problem Solving
    Applied Logic and Critital Thinking
    Select one of the following courses: 3.0
    Visual Art OR
    Classical American Literature
    Introduction to Psychology OR
    Performance Psychology
    Health and Wellness
    Total Credits 15.0-15.5
    Total Second Year Program Credits 30.0 – 30.5

    Fifth Semester Sample Curriculum

    DC_11_ Dance Theatre Ensemble 2.0
    DNO301 Wardrobe, Hair, Make-Up 1.0
    DN304 Career Preparation 1.0
    AC318 Kinetic Storytelling 2.0
    AC226 Weight and Resistance: Contemporary Floorwork 1.5
    DN_11_ PADT Jazz 1.0
    Select one of the following rotating courses: 1.0
    DN_11_ Dance Improvisation
    Song & Dance
    Hip Hop
    World Dance
    Tap
    Finding Your Voice
    Physical Circuit
    Select one of the following elective courses: 3.0
    Visual Art OR
    Classical American Literature
    Introduction to Psychology OR
    Performance Psychology
    Health and Wellness
    Select one of the following courses: 3.0
    Introduction to Sociology OR
    Politics and Plays of the 60's and 70's OR
    Archetypal Psychology
    Critial Writiing OR
    Gender in the Performing Arts
    Total Credits 15.5

    Sixth Semester Sample Curriculum

    DN_11_ Dance Theatre Ensemble 2.0
    DN_11_ Kinetic Storytelling for the Camera 1 2.0
    DC_11_ Weight and Resistence: Contemporary Partnering 1.5
    Select TWO of the following courses: 2.0
    DNO302 PADT Techniques: Hip-hop Foundations
    DN342 PADT Techniques: Street Jazz Foundations
    DN_11_ PADT Techniques: Theatre Dance Foundations
    DN_11_ PADT Techniques: Contemporary Foundations 1.0
    Select TWO of the following courses: 2.0
    PI233-251 Dance Improvisation
    Song & Dance
    Hip Hop
    World Dance
    Tap
    Finding Your Voice
    Physical Circuit
    ALTERNATE OPTION: Students can take Acting 2 instead of the above dance classes- and keep ONE dance course choice (Acting 2 for 3 credits, and Dance for 1 credit)
    Select one of the following courses: 3.0
    Visual Art OR
    Classical American Literature
    Introduction to Psychology OR
    Performance Psychology
    Health and Wellness
    Select one of the following courses: 3.0
    Introduction to Sociology OR
    Politics and Plays of the 60's and 70's OR
    Archetypal Psychology
    Critial Writiing OR
    Gender in the Performing Arts
    Total Credits 15.0
    Total Third Year Program Credits 30.0

    Seventh Semester Sample Curriculum

    D__11_ Dance Theatre Ensemble 2.0
    DNB111-113 Original Content Creation 1.5
    Select TWO of the following courses: 2.0
    DNO302 PADT Techniques: Hip-hop Foundations
    DN342 PADT Techniques: Street Jazz Foundations
    DN_11_ PADT Techniques: Theatre Dance Foundations
    DN_11_ PADT Techniques: Contemporary Foundations
    DN_11_ PADT Ballet
    DN_11_ PADT Jazz 1.0
    Select TWO of the following courses: 2.0
    PI233-251 Dance Improvisation
    Song & Dance
    Hip Hop
    World Dance
    Tap
    Finding Your Voice
    Physical Circuit
    PI244 Weight and Resistance: Contemporary Partnering II 1.5
    DN_11_ Art of the Monologue 1.0
    DN_11_ Physical Certication-Yoga (200 hour), Mat Pilates or Zumba 3.0
    Select one of the following courses: 3.0
    Introduction to Sociology OR
    Politics and Plays of the 60's and 70's OR
    Archetypal Psychology
    Critial Writiing OR
    Gender in the Performing Arts
    Total Credits 15.5

    Eighth Semester Sample Curriculum

    DCC111-113 BFA Performing Arts Sr. Showcase 4.0
    DCM111-113 PADT Industry and Networking 1.5
    DCS111-113 PA Audition Techniques 1.0
    Select TWO of the following courses: 2.0
    DNO302 PADT Techniques: Hip-hop Foundations
    DN342 PADT Techniques: Street Jazz Foundations
    DN_11_ PADT Techniques: Theatre Dance Foundations
    DN_11_ PADT Techniques: Contemporary Foundations
    DN_11_ PADT Ballet
    Select TWO of the following courses: 2.0
    PI233-251 Dance Improvisation
    Song & Dance
    Hip Hop
    World Dance
    Tap
    Finding Your Voice
    Physical Circuit
    DN_11_ Senior Performing Arts Reels 1.5
    DN303 The Art of Teaching 3.0
    DN303 AMDA SPOTLIGHT: DT = by Audition ONLY 0.0
    Total Credits 19.0
    Total Fourth Year Program Credits 34.5
    Total Program Credits127.0 – 127.5

    *Audition available to switch to DT(optional)

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.


A dancer strikes a pose with arms crossed into an 'x' at her waist with one shoulder leaning back
Dancer balances on toes with one arm raised
Two performers hug in the foreground of the stage
A dancer is sprawled out across the stage mid-roll
A troupe of dancers form a v-formation
A dancer faces away from the stage center stage with arms raised