Dance

Bachelor of Fine Arts

The following outline shows the required distribution of credits by year for the four-year Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) degree program in Dance.

Candidates for the Dance Division are cautioned that it will be impossible for them to follow the rigorous required school schedule and a heavy outside work schedule. Also, the Dance Division discourages its students from performing with outside groups during their stay at Juilliard, as it is nearly impossible for such work not to conflict with Juilliard commitments.

In addition, it is highly recommended that students plan to live in the Juilliard area, as long commutes are a hardship and almost always interfere with class and rehearsal schedules. All first-time freshmen are required to live in the residence hall.

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Dance, BFA Bachelor of Fine Arts

    • Required of all first-time college students.

      • 1 credits
        JUILL 101 — Juilliard Colloquium
        1 credits Fall Faculty

         

        Juilliard Colloquium is a one-semester course taught by an interdisciplinary team of faculty, staff, and advanced students. The curriculum is designed to promote an awareness of the skills and tools necessary for building a fulfilling career, not only as performing artists, but also as global citizens and advocates for the arts. This course introduces students to the values and diversity of the Juilliard community, and is intended to provide a foundation that will serve them well beyond their years at the School. Small group discussions and large group activities. Mandatory attendance at designated performances. Required of all first-time college students in Dance, Drama, and Music.

         

    • Major Studies
      • 1 credit
        DANCE B100 — Foundations of Ballet I
        1 credit Full Year Faculty

         

        Required for all first year dance students, this weekly class explores fundamentals of ballet technique that can be applied to a dancers' work in other ballet classes throughout the week (2 semesters).

         

      • 3 credits
        DANCE B101-2 — Ballet (5 levels)
        3 credits Full Year Faculty

         

        A graded study of the exercises and vocabulary of the classical technique with a strong emphasis on placement, alignment, coordination, and movement quality. Ballet is a required course for all dancers in every semester of the program (8 semesters).

         

      • 3 credits
        DANCE B103M-W — Ballet Technique (3 levels)
        3 credits Full Year Faculty

         

        A deeper study of classical technique.  Ballet technique is a required course for all dancers in every semester of the program (8 semesters).

         

      • 3 credits
        DANCE M101-2 — Modern I- Limon
        3 credits Full Year Risa Steinberg

         

        A foundational study of the modern dance technique developed by 20th-century master José Limón.  Required of all first year dance students (2 semesters).

         

      • 3 credits
        DANCE M103-4 — Modern I- Graham
        3 credits Full Year Terese Capucilli

         

        A foundational study of the modern dance technique developed by 20th-century master Martha Graham.  Required of all first year dance students (2 semesters).

         

      • 2 credits
        DANCE P101-2 — Partnering I
        2 credits Full Year Faculty

         

        A progressive partnering coursework that encompasses the wide range of styles demanded by today's choreographers.  Classes may include basic partnering concepts, classical ballet partnering, contemporary partnering, contact improvisation, and repertoire.  Partnering is a required course for all dancers in every semester of the program (8 semesters).

         

      • 1 credit
        DANCE 101-2 — Topics in Dance (4 levels)
        1 credit Fall or Spring Faculty and Guests

         

        DANCE 101-2, 201-2, 301-2, 401-2

        As required, may be repeated

        A weekly class that explores various topics in dance, and may include guest instructors.  Topics will rotate throughout the four-year program, to meet the ever-evolving training and educational needs of the 21st-century dancer.  Examples of topics include improvisation/movement creation, somatics, nutrition, and master classes with guest artists.

         

    • Departmental Studies
      • 6 credits
        DSDAN 101-2 — Repertory, Collaborations, Performance I
        6 credits Full Year Faculty and Guests

         

        Rehearsal skills and artistry are developed through the study of repertory and participation in choreographic collaborations with house and guest choreographers. Most of these collaborations culminate in performance. Required for all first-year dance students.

         

      • 2 credits
        DSDAN 161-2 — Elements of Performing
        2 credits Full Year Risa Steinberg

         

        A study to develop the performer's powers of projection. The course emphasizes the differences between simply displaying movement and communicating it to an audience. The building of concentration, awareness of stylistic differences, and the establishment of professional rehearsal behavior are developed. Required for all first-year dance students.

         

      • 4 credits
        DSDAN 111-2 — Dance Composition I
        4 credits Full Year Rosalind Newman

         

        Movement experiences in imagery and design develop the dancer's creative imagination. Students begin to discover how a dance is made through the process of choreographing short dance studies. Required for all first-year dance students.

         

      • 1 credit
        DSDAN 100 — Alexander Technique
        1 credit Fall or Spring Jane Kosminsky

         

        A method of improving the dancer's technique from plies and extensions to jumps, leaps, and turns through concentration on movement habits. Emphasizes the efficient use of the neck, head, and torso relationship, thereby providing a stress-reducing process that can be used during class performance and rest. Required for first-year students.

         

      • 6 credits
        THMUS 111-2D — Music Studies I for Dancers
        6 credits Full Year Thomas Cabaniss

         

        An overview of the fundamentals of music theory and musical architecture, including rhythm, meter, texture, counterpoint, and formal structure. Introduction to musical instruments and diverse repertoire. Development of basic skills in score analysis, musicianship, and sight singing; project-based work in musical creativity in each semester. Required for all first-year dance students.

         

         

    • Liberal Arts
      • 3 credits
        LARTS 111 — Ethics - Conscience and the Good Life
        3 credits Fall Faculty

         

        Prerequisite: LARTS 101-2. Students read and discuss works of ethicists, philosophers, religious figures, and literary authors on the nature of the ethical life. Students will be encouraged to think critically about personal responsibility, responsibilities to others, the good life, the problem of evil, and human nature. Authors and traditions that may be included: Classical Greek and Roman, Buddhism, Taoism, the Hebrew and Christian Bibles, Hume, Kant, Utilitarianism, Mary Shelley, and Shakespeare, as well as contemporary readings that address the ethical questions arising in a scientific, technological and global age.

         

      • 3 credits
        LARTS 112 — Society, Politics, and Culture
        3 credits Spring Faculty

         

        This course is an introduction to the seminal issues, methods, and traditions that inform historical and contemporary conceptions of politics, society, and culture. Drawing from classical to contemporary readings in political theory, philosophy, the social sciences, literature, and gender studies, the course encourages students to explore such topics as why people live in society; how social life influences personhood; how society regulates and institutionalizes power and authority; and how societies are transformed. Authors who may be included are Plato, Aristotle, Locke, Marx, Mill, Wollstonecraft, and Woolf.

         

    Total Credits 1st Year: 40-42

    • Second part of Juilliard Colloquium required for all second-year dancers who entered the program as a first-time student.

      • 12 credits
        Print Course JUILL 102 — Essentials of Entrepreneurship in the Arts
        1 credits Spring Barrett Hipes

         

        Essentials of Entrepreneurship in the Arts is a half-semester course intended to make Juilliard students aware of the abundance of ways in which they can make a unique impact on their art form while at Juilliard and beyond. Guest artists, entrepreneurs, and business leaders will present weekly interactive lectures, introducing students to the fundamentals of project planning, budgets, grant applications, and more. The seven-week course will culminate in each student’s preparation and submission of an individual project proposal. Online resources and assessments will also be included. Required for all first-year undergraduate music majors and second-year dance majors.

         

    • Major Studies
      • 1 credit
        DANCE B200 — Foundations of Ballet II
        1 credit Full Year Faculty

         

        Required for all second year dance students, this weekly class is a continued exploration of fundamentals of ballet technique that can be applied to a dancers' work in other ballet classes throughout the week (2 semesters).

         

      • 3 credits
        DANCE B101-2 — Ballet (5 levels)
        3 credits Full Year Faculty

         

        A graded study of the exercises and vocabulary of the classical technique with a strong emphasis on placement, alignment, coordination, and movement quality. Ballet is a required course for all dancers in every semester of the program (8 semesters).

         

      • 3 credits
        DANCE B103M-W — Ballet Technique (3 levels)
        3 credits Full Year Faculty

         

        A deeper study of classical technique.  Ballet technique is a required course for all dancers in every semester of the program (8 semesters).

         

      • 3 credits
        DANCE M201-2 — Modern II - Graham
        3 credits Full Year Terese Capucilli

         

        A continued study of the modern dance technique developed by 20th-century master Martha Graham.  Required of all second year dance students (2 semesters).

         

      • 1.5
        DANCE M203 — Modern II - Taylor
        1.5 Fall Linda Kent

         

        A foundational study of the modern dance style and repertoire of master choreographer Paul Taylor.  Required of all second year dance students (1 semester).

         

      • 1.5 credits
        DANCE M204 — Modern II - Topics
        1.5 credits Spring Linda Kent and Alicia Graf Mack

         

        A continued study of the modern dance style and repertoire of master choreographer Paul Taylor, and an introduction to the technique of Lester Horton.  Required of all second year dance students (1 semester).

         

      • 2 credits
        DANCE P201-2 — Partnering II
        2 credits Full Year Faculty

         

        A progressive partnering coursework that encompasses the wide range of styles demanded by today's choreographers.  Classes may include basic partnering concepts, classical ballet partnering, contemporary partnering, contact improvisation, and repertoire.  Partnering is a required course for all dancers in every semester of the program (8 semesters).

         

    • Departmental Studies
      • 6 credits
        DSDAN 201-2 — Repertory, Collaborations, Performance II
        6 credits Full Year Faculty and Guests

         

        Rehearsal skills and artistry are developed through the study of repertory and participation in choreographic collaborations with house and guest choreographers. Most of these collaborations culminate in performance. Required for all second-year dance students.

         

      • 3 credits
        DSDAN 131 — Dance History I
        3 credits Fall Rachel Straus

         

        The first part of a two-semester survey of the dancer's heritage covering periods and styles of dance, choreographers, and selected dance masterworks. Comparisons are drawn between dance and other arts in the same era. Required for all second year dance students.

         

         

         

      • 3 credits
        DSDAN 132 — Dance History II
        3 credits Spring Rachel Straus

         

        Prerequisite: DSDAN 131. The second part of a two-semester survey of the dancer's heritage covering periods and styles of dance, choreographers, and selected dance masterworks. Comparisons are drawn between dance and other arts in the same era. Required for all second-year dance students.

         

      • 4.5 credits
        THMUS 211-2D — Music Studies II for Dancers
        4.5 credits Full Year Jerome Begin

         

        Prerequisite: THMUS 111-2D. Builds upon the skills and concepts explored in Music Studies I, with a strong focus on the interrelation of music and dance, incorporating the following: developing a sophisticated vocabulary with which to speak about and collaborate with music; in-depth rhythmic training; a survey of classical music history with a strong focus on the 20th and 21st centuries; listening to and analyzing musical works in a variety of genres in a way that is relevant and meaningful to dancers; developing musicality in dance by integrating musical concepts discussed in class into the dancer's technical practice. Required for all second year dance students.

         

      • .5 credit
        DSDAN 261 — Second-year Seminar
        .5 credit 7 weeks, Spring Janis Brenner

         

        For students in the second year of training, an exploration of movement and music improvisation.

         

    • Liberal Arts
      • 3 credits
        LARTS 212 — Citizenship, Art, and Politics
        3 credits Fall, Spring Faculty

         

        Prerequisite: LARTS 112From the moment that creators share their work with the public, these works take on new meanings. Students enrolled in Citizenship, Art, and Politics will consider problems of abiding interest and frequent disagreement: Who gets to decide what is art, and what sort of conclusions have been reached? When appraising a performance, should audiences take an artist's personal qualities into account? Are artists obligated to consider for whom a performance is given, or where it is performed, or should artists simply focus on the performance itself? What are governments' interests in creative expression? During times of social or political conflict, what are the limits and possibilities of cultural diplomacy?

         

         

      • Liberal Arts Elective (LARTS 000) 3 credits

    Total Credits 2nd Year: 38-39

    • Major Studies
      • 3 credits
        DANCE B101-2 — Ballet (5 levels)
        3 credits Full Year Faculty

         

        A graded study of the exercises and vocabulary of the classical technique with a strong emphasis on placement, alignment, coordination, and movement quality. Ballet is a required course for all dancers in every semester of the program (8 semesters).

         

      • 3 credits
        DANCE B103M-W — Ballet Technique (3 levels)
        3 credits Full Year Faculty

         

        A deeper study of classical technique.  Ballet technique is a required course for all dancers in every semester of the program (8 semesters).

         

      • 3 credits
        DANCE M301-2 — Modern III - Cunningham
        3 credits Full Year Jean Freebury

         

        A foundational study of the modern dance technique developed by 20th-century master Merce Cunningham.  Required of all third year dance students (2 semesters).

         

      • 1.5 credits
        DANCE M303 — Modern III - Limon
        1.5 credits Fall Risa Steinberg

         

        A continued study of the modern dance technique developed by 20th-century master José Limón.  Required of all third year dance students (1 semester).

         

      • 1.5 credits
        DANCE M304 — Modern III - Topics
        1.5 credits Spring Risa Steinberg and Bobbi Smith

         

        A continued study of the modern dance techniques of the 20th century and introduction of new techniques in this constantly developing art form.  Topics will rotate and may include study of Limón, Gaga, floorwork, improvisation, or other styles and techniques.  Required of all third year dance students (1 semester).

         

      • 2 credits
        DANCE P301-2 — Partnering III
        2 credits Full Year Faculty

         

        A progressive partnering coursework that encompasses the wide range of styles demanded by today's choreographers.  Classes may include basic partnering concepts, classical ballet partnering, contemporary partnering, contact improvisation, and repertoire.  Partnering is a required course for all dancers in every semester of the program (8 semesters).

         

      • 1 credit
        DANCE P303 — Contact Improvisation
        1 credit Fall K.J. Holmes

         

        An introduction to and exploration of improvisation methods and techniques.  As scheduled and required. (1 semester)

         

      • 1 credit
        DANCE 101-2 — Topics in Dance (4 levels)
        1 credit Fall or Spring Faculty and Guests

         

        DANCE 101-2, 201-2, 301-2, 401-2

        As required, may be repeated

        A weekly class that explores various topics in dance, and may include guest instructors.  Topics will rotate throughout the four-year program, to meet the ever-evolving training and educational needs of the 21st-century dancer.  Examples of topics include improvisation/movement creation, somatics, nutrition, and master classes with guest artists.

         

    • Departmental Studies
      • 6 credits
        DSDAN 301-2 — Repertory, Collaborations, Performance III
        6 credits Full Year Faculty and Guests

         

        Rehearsal skills and artistry are developed through the study of repertory and participation in choreographic collaborations with house and guest choreographers. Most of these collaborations culminate in performance. Required for all third-year dance students.

         

      • 6 credits
        DSDAN 351-2 — Anatomy/Kinesiology
        6 credits Full Year Irene Dowd

         

        A detailed kinesthetic exploration of skeletal joint mechanics and the muscles that produce motion of those joints. Students will examine movement strategies to enhance stability, control, and articulation while developing musculo-skeletal problem-solving skills applicable to dance. Required for all third-year dance students.

         

      • 2 credits
        DSDAN 341-2 — Stagecraft
        2 credits Full Year Leslie Smith

         

        Study and practice in elements of theater production. Laboratory work, with practical application in producing a dance concert. Required for all third-year dance students.

         

    • Liberal Arts
      • LARTS 000-0 - Liberal Arts Electives 6 credits

    Total Credits 3rd Year: 36

    • Major Studies
      • 3 credits
        DANCE B101-2 — Ballet (5 levels)
        3 credits Full Year Faculty

         

        A graded study of the exercises and vocabulary of the classical technique with a strong emphasis on placement, alignment, coordination, and movement quality. Ballet is a required course for all dancers in every semester of the program (8 semesters).

         

      • 3 credits
        DANCE B103M-W — Ballet Technique (3 levels)
        3 credits Full Year Faculty

         

        A deeper study of classical technique.  Ballet technique is a required course for all dancers in every semester of the program (8 semesters).

         

      • 3 credits
        DANCE M401-2 — Modern IV - Horton
        3 credits Full Year Milton Myers

         

        A foundational study of the modern dance technique developed by 20th-century master Lester Horton.  Required of all fourth year dance students (2 semesters).

         

      • 1.5 credits
        DANCE M403 — Modern IV -Gaga
        1.5 credits Fall Bobbi Smith

         

        An exploration of the movement language developed by Ohad Naharin.  Required of all fourth year dance students (1 semester).

         

      • 2 credits
        DANCE P401-2 — Partnering IV
        2 credits Full Year Faculty

         

        A progressive partnering coursework that encompasses the wide range of styles demanded by today's choreographers.  Classes may include basic partnering concepts, classical ballet partnering, contemporary partnering, contact improvisation, and repertoire.  Partnering is a required course for all dancers in every semester of the program (8 semesters).

         

      • 1 credit
        DANCE 101-2 — Topics in Dance (4 levels)
        1 credit Fall or Spring Faculty and Guests

         

        DANCE 101-2, 201-2, 301-2, 401-2

        As required, may be repeated

        A weekly class that explores various topics in dance, and may include guest instructors.  Topics will rotate throughout the four-year program, to meet the ever-evolving training and educational needs of the 21st-century dancer.  Examples of topics include improvisation/movement creation, somatics, nutrition, and master classes with guest artists.

         

    • Departmental Studies
      • 6 credits
        DSDAN 401-2 — Repertory, Collaborations, Performance IV
        6 credits Full Year Faculty and Guests

         

        Rehearsal skills and artistry are developed through the study of repertory and participation in choreographic collaborations with guest choreographers. Most of these collaborations culminate in performance. Required for all fourth-year dance students.

         

      • 2 credits
        DSDAN 441-2 — Senior Production
        2 credits Full Year Risa Steinberg

         

        A continuation of study and practice in elements of theater production. A full production is planned, budgeted, and presented. Required for all fourth-year dance students.

         

      • 2 credits
        DSDAN 471-2 — Seminar for Seniors
        2 credits Full Year Faculty and Guests

         

        For students about to begin professional work. The seminar offers a survey of the field, its diversity, opportunities, and requirements; and objective self-evaluation, including planning for graduation examination and for professional auditions. Studies in criticism and aesthetics develop an informed and individual point of view. Required for all fourth-year dance students.

         

      • 1 credit per semester
        DSDAN 431-2 — Acting for Dancers
        1 credit per semester Fall and Spring Richard Feldman

         

        Studies to expand the performance capabilities of the dancer through an exploration of basic acting exercises, improvisations, and simple scenes, with particular emphasis on spontaneity and the transmission of impulse to verbal expression. Required for all fourth-year dance students.

         

    Total Credits 4th Year: 24.5 - 26.5

    • These courses may be elected in any year of the program. Not all courses may be offered every year.

    • 1 credit per semester
      DSDAN E111-2 — Voice for Dancers
      1 credit per semester Full Year Badiene Magaziner

       

      May be repeated

      A basic course in singing in preparation for musical theater auditions. By audition only.  Open to 3rd & 4th Year dance students; class size is limited to 8 students.

       

      1 credit per semester
      DSDAN E121-2 — Jazz
      1 credit per semester Fall and Spring Joe Lanteri

       

      The elements of jazz dance.

       

      1 credit
      DSDAN E124 — Hip Hop
      1 credit Spring Valerie Ho

       

      May be repeated

      An introduction to the basic elements, technique, and history of Hip-hop dance.

       

      1 credit
      DSDAN E125-6 — Yoga
      1 credit Fall and Spring Francisco Martinez

       



      An introduction to and exploration of the basic elements of restorative yoga. May be repeated

       

      1 credit
      DSDAN E127 — Mindfulness
      1 credit Fall Francisco Martinez

       

      An introduction to techniques used to achieve a mental state of focus on one's awareness in the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one's feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations.  May incorporate elements of yoga and meditation.

       

      1 credit per semester
      DSDAN E131-2 — Tap (3 Levels)
      1 credit per semester Fall and Spring Ray Hesselink

       

      Basic tap, directed toward auditioning successfully for musical theater, films, and videos.  Intermediate and Advanced level classes are offered off-site at STEPS on Broadway (taught by Mr. Hesselink and open to professionals in the NYC dance community).

       

      2 credits per semester
      DSDAN E211-2 — Dance Composition II
      2 credits per semester Fall and Spring Hilary Easton and Jerome Begin

       

      By recommendation of the faculty. Expanding upon the concepts of Dance Composition I, students are encouraged to develop their personal voices further while solving more complex creative challenges. Class size limited to 12 students in the second year only.

       

      1 credit
      DSDAN E281 — Solo and Duet Repertory
      1 credit Fall Faculty and Guests

       

      Offered in the third and fourth years. Limited enrollment.

       

      1 credit
      DSDAN E410 — Senior Production Choreography
      1 credit Spring Risa Steinberg

       

      Open to a limited number of students at the discretion of a faculty committee. This course asks aspiring choreographers to challenge themselves to create works of greater depth and complexity than seen before. These choreographers are expected to create works for the Senior Production Performance week.

       

      1 credit
      DSDAN E470 — Choreographers and Composers
      1 credit Fall Jerome Begin, Janis Brenner, and Daniel Ott

       

      Prerequisite: Dance Composition I and Dance Composition II recommended. A practicum in collaborative art that will explore techniques of working together through exercises in problem-solving and the development of a work. The course will introduce to each discipline the needs, vocabulary, and work methods of the other and search for the common ground on which each can flourish while nourishing the other. Advisement will be provided for ongoing showings of works in progress. Finished pieces will be presented in concert format. For selected choreographers in the third year and Composition majors only.

       

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