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Bachelor of Fine Arts in
Dance Performance and Choreography

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The Dance Performance and Choreography program prepares students for a professional performance or creative career in dance.

The only B.F.A. Dance and Choreography program in Central Florida, FSC Dance students receive 21st century dance training with a focus on technical training, creative exploration, choreographic skills, theoretical coursework, and the flexibility to shape your experiences to match your career goals.

At FSC you will develop your physical skills with classes in ballet, modern, and jazz dance techniques while also developing your “voice” as an artist through choreography courses. The program features a unique and intensive course of study designed provide the knowledge, experience and professional exposure you need to build a successful career as a dancer, choreographer or graduate student. Not only through challenging physical dance classes, but also anatomical and somatic practices to prepare you for a long and healthy career in dance.

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There is a separate audition requirement to be accepted into this major. Learn more about the requirements for this major 

Top Reasons to choose Dance Performance and Choreography at florida southern college

Performance Opportunities

Abundant opportunities for performance and real-world learning make Florida Southern College the ideal place to unleash your creative potential and hone your skills.

Personalized Instruction and Mentoring

Our experienced and dedicated faculty will mentor you and help you develop the discipline, self-confidence, and drive for a successful career in dance. All working professionals dedicated to their art and committed educators committed to your artistic development, our faculty will coach and motivate you to your fullest potential.

Guest Artists and Master Classes

Master classes, guest residencies, and guest repertoire enhance the rigorous program and provide connections to the professional field. Previous guest artist include Carolyn Dorfman Dance, Jon Lehrer Dance Company, Melissa Rector, RAKR Dance, and Gregory Dolbashian.

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Stacy Graham

What stands out to me most about the program is the way that the small size allows for many performance opportunities and one on one attention from the professors, while the innovative guest artists and challenging ballet and modern choreography pushes us to be more well-rounded and competitive artists.
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Hannah Gomez

Being a part of the FSC Dance Program has been easily one of the best choices I could ever make; I’ve been pushed so much further in not only my technique and movement, but the intellectual aspect which ranges from how the body works, all the way to the history and evolution of dance as an art form. This program is filled with so much talent and strength, I can lean on my friends and professors for endless support and motivation.
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Elizabeth Woodington

The curriculum is inclusive of all styles of dance and I feel very lucky to have learned about so many different ways of moving. There are many opportunities for choreography and performance in the program, especially because we get more individualistic instruction compared to larger schools.  Everyone has the ability to choreograph and express themselves in a supportive environment with a community of like-minded peers.

Performance Opportunities

Beginning your first semester, you will have many opportunities to participate in a variety of concerts, showcases and stage productions, and you will make valuable professional contacts by participating in festivals, workshops, master classes and auditions. The Dance Program produces two main stage dance productions each year featuring the dance majors and minors. Fall Into Dance is held in the fall semester and features experimental faculty and guest artist choreography. The Spring Dance Concert includes an abbreviated historical ballet in the first act while the second act highlights faculty and guest artist choreography. Additionally, FSC dancers have also performed at multiple national and international festivals and showcases, including Your Move: NJ Modern Dance Festival, the American College Dance Association Southeast Festival, and the Inside/Out series at Jacob’s Pillow.

Student choreographers have many opportunities to present their work including the Emerging Artists Showcase, the BFA Concert, the American College Dance Association Conference and with various events sponsored by the FSC Dance Organization.

Jacob's Pillow
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Examine the Art of Dance

The DAN 3663 Choreography III course is a collaborative workshop environment in which class participants work with student choreographers in the creation of dances of significant form and content. The course will conclude with an informal, student produced concert showcasing the works created throughout the semester.

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Schedule a campus tour or take our video tour of one of the nation’s most beautiful campuses. Participate in our daily online Admission Info Session or a MocTalk webinar to learn more about Florida Southern.

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Featured Dance Peformance Faculty

Erin LaSala Phillips, MFA
- Dance Program Coordinator

Erin LaSala Phillips' training has been equally devoted to ballet, jazz and modern dance; and she has studied dance technique with numerous notable instructors such as Gretchen Ward Warren, Madame Darvash, Michael Foley, Jan Van Dyke and BJ Sullivan. LaSala danced professionally with Asher Dance Eclectic and Revolutions Dance Company, as well as worked as a free-lance performer and choreographer in Florida, North Carolina, and Ohio. LaSala’s choreography has been performed and recognized in numerous venues throughout New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia, as well as at the American Dance Guild Festival and the Mid-Atlantic American College Dance Festival Gala.

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Company in Residence

Through our close collaboration with Florida Dance Theatre, you will gain insight and experience while performing alongside working professionals on all aspects of dance production.

Florida Dance Theatre, a touring company comprised of dancers from all over the world, serves as the professional dance company in residence at Florida Southern. Through our close collaboration with Florida Dance Theatre, you will gain insight and experience while performing alongside working professionals on all aspects of dance production.

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Clubs and More

Dance Performance and Choreography students can join the FSC Dance club.

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Featured Dance Peformance Facilities


Wynee Warden Dance Studio

Enjoy learning every day in a brand new state-of-the-art, 4,700-square-foot facility—The Wynee Warden Dance Studio—built specifically for the Dance program.

Program Details

Available in: 

  • BFA
  • Minor

First-Years

Due to challenges associated with the pandemic, we have waived the requirement to submit a recommendation letter.

All freshman applicants to Florida Southern Colleges full-time degree programs must submit the following information:

Transfers

Applying to Florida Southern as a transfer student is easy.

If transferring less than 24 credits, we also need your:

  • Official high school transcript
  • SAT and/or ACT scores

Additional Admission Requirements for Dance Peformance

  • Students must audition and be accepted into the B.F.A, or B.A programs. Auditions are also required for the Minor in Dance.
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Dance Scholarships

Scholarships are awarded based on an audition and interview by the dance faculty. BFA and BA auditions will automatically be considered for scholarship eligibility.

Various Amounts