Feb 29, 2024  
OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2022-23 
OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2022-23 [Archived Catalog]

Dance Tutorial Major (B.F.A. in Dance) [offered through Honors Tutorial College]

Major Code BF1906

Honors Tutorial College  
35 Park Place
Athens, OH 45701
Phone: 740.593.2723

Tresa Randall, director of studies/contact person

Program Overview

BFA in Dance Performance and Choreography

The BFA in dance performance and choreography offers exceptionally talented and motivated dance students an enhanced, individualized course of study. HTC Dance students work within the rigorous, daily studio coursework in performance and choreography offered by the School of Dance, supplemented by tutorials with faculty members, research and creative activity, internships, and other student-centered learning opportunities. The program facilitiates relationships between students and accomplished dance scholars, artists, and professionals.

Upon successful completion of the HTC BFA in Dance, students have acquired a sophisticated understanding of dance as an artistic and academic discipline, which encompasses dance performance, choreography, history, criticism, education, production, music/sound design for dance, kinesiology, movement analysis, and somatic practices. They are accomplished, versatile movers fluent in several aesthetic traditions, and they have a deep understanding of the creative process. They understand the historical and cultural contexts that have shaped dance in contemporary life. They possess a professional work ethic, which includes the ability to collaborate as well as the nuts-and-bolts skills needed to bring a performance to an audience. They have acquired both breadth and depth in their study of dance and related fields. They have had the opportunity to pursue special interests in depth, and completed independent research and creative activity projects under the close mentorship of dedicated faculty members.

BA in Honors Tutorial Dance

The BA in Honors Tutorial Dance Studies offers an individualized, liberal-arts based course of study for self-disciplined and highly motivated dance students.  It balances breadth and rigor with freedom for independent academic and creative achievement. While the BFA in HTC Dance Studies emphasizes performance and choreography, the BA enables students to pursue an individually designed course of study in dance history/theory, dance writing/criticism, interdisciplinary dance studies, dance ethnography, dance pedagogy, dance wellness and somatic study, or related fields. It is a four-year program in which students take a tutorial course each semester along with foreign language, supporting courses in related areas of study, and a full range of dance studies courses, from technique and composition to dance history.

The BA in HTC Dance Studies shares certain core requirements with the BFA in HTC Dance Studies: minimum 3.5 GPA, English composition requirements, Honors seminar, six tutorials, two thesis tutorials, successful submission of a thesis, first year foundational courses in dance, a studio dance technique series, a series in kinesiology and somatics, a series in dance history and world cultures, movement analysis, and pedagogy. This program requires fewer courses in dance technique and composition than the HTC BFA, and does not require participation in the senior project in performance and choreography. Instead, the program includes 40 credit hours outside dance in relevant areas of study to be determined by the academic advisor, as best fits the student’s academic interests.

Admissions Information

Freshman/First-Year Admission

Admission into the Honors Tutorial College is highly competitive. Students are selected by the director of HTC dance studies and the Honors Tutorial College on the basis of superior academic ability and the potential for self-motivated study and research. Applicants typically are required to submit additional essays, and an interview with the director of studies is required for admission. More information, including materials and deadlines, is available at www.ohio.edu/honors/tutorial-programs/apply.

Change of Program Policy

First-year students at Ohio University may apply to transfer into the dance studies tutorial program and the Honors Tutorial College. These students must meet the same entrance requirements as entering freshmen. 

External Transfer Admission

First-year students at another institution may also apply to transfer into the dance studies tutorial program and the Honors Tutorial College. These students must meet the same entrance requirements as entering freshmen. 

Opportunities Upon Graduation

Our graduates have excelled in dance-related careers as professional dancers, choreographers, dance writers/editors, teachers in private and public schools, college/university teachers, arts administrators, and dance/movement therapists. They have pursued graduate study in dance, dance therapy, performance studies, education, anthropology, and related fields.


HTC Grade Requirements

Earn at least 120 semester hours and maintain a GPA of 3.5 or higher overall.

University English Composition Requirement

Complete one Written Communication course (ENG 1510) and one Advanced Writing course (FAW).

HTC Seminar

First-year students must complete the following course:

Transfer students

Transfer students may substitute an HC special topics seminar for their HC 2500 requirement.

Dance Tutorials

Complete the following tutorials. Complete at least one semester of tutorial during the final year of study focused on the development and completion of an advisor approved thesis or professional project.

HTC Thesis Requirement

Approval of a completed thesis or professional project by the advisor, director of studies, and Dean of the College.

Foundational Dance Requirements

Complete the following courses:

Dance Composition and Choreography

Complete the following courses:

Dance Production and Performance

Complete the following courses:

Dance History, World Dance and Culture

Complete the following course:

Complete one of the following courses:

Complete one of the following courses:

Directed Electives

Complete electives according to area of interest in consultation with the director of HTC Dance Studies.