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Dance Theatre

It takes passion to make dance your life, but to make it your career you need more. You need discipline, endurance and a total awareness of your body mechanics. AMDA's well-rounded Dance Theatre Programs offer a rigorous course of physical study designed to make you a multi-disciplined dance performer.

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Degree Program

Bachelor of Fine Arts - Dance Theatre

AMDA’s Dance Theatre Program is designed for ambitious dancers who want to become versatile, multidisciplined performers. The eight-semester program’s rigorous course of physical study is grounded in classical technique and complemented by focused courses in a variety of styles. The curriculum assures an artistic foundation that combines in-depth training in dance technique and performance. The intensive performance-based training is blended with a challenging range of academic-based studies, all resulting in a well-rounded education in the arts.

The curriculum is designed to provide daily regimens that explore dance technique requiring strength, stamina and artistry. Additionally, dancers will develop professional skills needed to seamlessly blend precise technical choreography with individual interpretive storytelling, enhancing their ability to meet the demands of a competitive arts industry. Whether performing as part of an ensemble or as a featured individual artist, a wide range of production opportunities are available within the Dance Theatre Program. Additional courses such as acting, voice, music, career preparation and entrepreneurship provide dancers with a wide range of skills, broadening their potential career paths within the performing arts industry.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Students completing the Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance Theatre program should:
    • Know the fundamental principles of dance training, choreography and dance performance.
    • Experience multiple theories of seeing, making and practicing dance and performance.
    • Demonstrate a broad understanding of the social and cultural contexts of dance and performance.
    • Possess tools for informed critical response to a range of performance in its context.
    • Engage in physical dance training.
    • Possess the ability to collaborate in the creative dance process.
    • Possess a variety of experiences in creating dance with professional, faculty and peer choreographers.
    • Be able to synthesize contextual literacy, making and performing choreography and their own physical dance practice.
Conservatory Program

Dance Theatre - Conservatory

Telling a story with the body requires ambition, dedication and artistry. It also takes training. This four-semester professional program offers intense and focused preparation for a career in dance performance. Building upon a solid foundation of technique, training will continue to expand the dancer’s repertoire with a palette of disciplines, styles and genres spanning both classical and contemporary.

Customized dance projects and other performance opportunities expose dancers to a wide range of choreographers and choreographic processes. Dancers will be expected to perform choreography with accuracy and interpretive passion, and excel in ensemble and solo performance. In the final semester, coursework is focused on industry and career preparation, including an original dance showcase production experience. Each showcase is crafted based on the unique and individual cast members assigned as a company. This specialized performance opportunity prepares dancers to enter the competitive performing industry with skill, confidence and a professional work ethic.

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Program Description

  • Students completing the Dance Theatre Conservatory program should be able to:
    • Use and develop collaboration by pushing forward the boundaries of dance as a contemporary art form.
    • Develop a lifelong appreciation of the complexities of dance and choreographic craft and aesthetic excellence in production.
    • Demonstrate technical and artistic proficiency through successful performance in a variety of theatrical productions.
    • Demonstrate sufficient development as an artist to be ready for professional employment in the field.