College of Fine & Performing Arts

Dance Advising

Entry into the BA/BFA is by audition. Completion of the program is dependent upon successful progress through the curriculum. The BA is a broadly-based degree, with a liberal arts orientation, and is designed for students with a general rather than career interest in performing or choreographing. BA candidates will focus on pedagogical and historic aspects of dance. The BFA degree is a highly selective program which trains exceptionally committed, disciplined, and talented students. The BFA degree also requires recommendation of faculty members.

The Dance Program expects achievement in the following competencies by graduating majors in both the BA and BFA. Our students will:

  • Develop proficiency in modern dance technique

  • Develop competency in ballet technique

  • Become familiar with the history of dance and enhance writing skills by using this knowledge

  • Gain expanded diversity awareness through the cultural dimensions of dance

  • Understand alignment and anatomy as they relate to dancers

  • Explore their choreographic potential in traditional and/or experimental approaches

  • Learn the basic skills and operations of technical theatre related to dance production

  • Have multiple performing opportunities in different venues

Assessment of these competencies is accomplished through individual course performance, completion of degree requirements, and in part by successful audition and casting in faculty directed events. BFA candidates will be expected to participate in a culminating Capstone course and presentation as choreographers and as featured dancers.

Application Requirements by Degree

  • Dance Major BA: You may declare if you are placed in Modern 1 or above, after consultation with Cher Carnell.

  • Dance Major BFA: The BFA is by nomination only - please review our nomination checklist and the nomination policy for more details. Students who would like the BFA formally apply in spring of their Junior year, after review, the faculty votes on the candidates. It is assumed that BFA graduates will continue in the field of dance, either professionally or on to graduate school.

  • Dance Minor: You may declare the Minor at anytime. Transfer students must fulfill a minimum of 18 hours of the required courses.

  • Teaching Endorsement: Students completing a teacher certification program and endorsable major in a subject other than Dance may qualify for an additional endorsement in Dance by completing requirements listed above. This will allow you to teach Dance in Washington State public schools. See the Woodring College of Education section of the WWU Catalog for more information on teacher certification programs and approved majors.

Refer to the advising sheets below to help plan and track your progress through required courses. Contact Director of Dance Cher Carnell with advising questions.


Western Washington University Department of Theatre & Dance Waitlist Management Policy

The Theatre and Dance Department reserves the right to manage registration waitlists in order to give priority to declared majors, students who have applied to graduate and must take the courses to satisfy a graduation requirement, and for Freshman in THTR 160.