Dance

About the Program

BFA in Dance
The Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance degree program includes four interlocking streams of dance in a Twenty-First century approach to dance study: choreography and performance, intercultural dance studies, dance and medicine, and dance theatre. The program trains dancers and choreographers using an inclusive interpretation of contemporary dance as the organizing principle for development of the today's artist. Dance is studied as a major performing art impacting a broad range of artistic, cultural, intellectual and social spheres. Audition is required.

Degree Requirements

BA in Dance Studies

The Bachelor of Arts in Dance Studies educates the student as a generalist in dance studies. Students follow a course of study essential to the field of dance, including performance, history, theory, literature, design, technology and related disciplines, all while enjoying sufficient flexibility to pursue other areas of study, including a minor or a major in a field other than dance. Successful degree candidates develop independent, interdisciplinary critical thought, and can articulate the power and agency of the arts over time and across cultures and perspectives.

 

 

Dance for Non-Majors
UF Dance courses are open and available to all eligible UF students. Students who wish to take Basic, Intermediate, or Advanced Modern, Ballet, or Jazz must take a placement exam to enroll in these courses. Students may be placed in these courses by attending the corresponding class the prior semester and asking the instructor for placement or by attending the FIRST CLASS MEETING of the term for which you wish to register and telling the instructor you are there to be placed. Students who are eligible to enroll in UF dance courses will be given an instructor permission slip which should be taken to Kevin Austin, SOTD Undergraduate Advisor, for course registration. 

Course Descriptions

Dance Minor
The dance minor is designed for students who wish to pursue the study of dance while maintaining a separate primary academic interest. The dance minor is a 17-credit program that has both core and elective components, thus providing both a solid general background and the opportunity to tailor the minor program to meet individual interests. This program is designed to bring the student in close contact with not only classroom expertise in technique, but the enriching artistic and production aspects of dance. 

Additional Information on Dance Minor

Certificate in Dance in Healthcare
The dance area, in conjunction with the Center for the Arts in Healthcare Research an Education offers a Certificate in Dance in Healing. The Certificate recognizes students' special competency and achievement in the use of movement to enhance health and healing.

Students who complete the requirements for the Certificate in Dance in Healing leave the University of Florida with unique capabilities and experiences. This certificate, recognizing these special skills, can serve as a credential for developing complementary career options and will encourage healthcare facilities to expand or initiate arts programs.

For more information about the Certificate in Dance in Healing please contact Dr. Rusti Brandman at drdance@ufl.edu.

If you are not a University of Florida School of Theatre and Dance student and are interested in becoming one, please send a request for information to FineArtsAdmissions@arts.ufl.edu.

Faculty and Program Contacts

Mohamed DaCosta

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School of Theater + Dance
Senior Lecturer
Area: Dance

dacosta1@ufl.edu
T:(352) 273-0521 F:(352) 392-5114 235 McGuire Pavilion, P.O. Box 115900
Gainesville, Fl 32611-5900
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Jill Sonke

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School of Theater + Dance
Director of Center for Arts in Medicine
Area: Dance in Medicine

jsonke@ufl.edu
T:(352) 273-1488 F:(352) 392-5114 P.O. Box 115900
Gainesville, Fl 32611-5900
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Russella Brandman

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School of Theater + Dance
Emeritus Professor
drdance@ufl.edu
T:(352) 265-0768 F:(352) 392-5114 PO Box 115900
Gainesville, Fl 32611-5900
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Joan Frosch

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School of Theater + Dance
Professor; Director Center for World Arts
Area: Dance

jfrosch@arts.ufl.edu
T:(352) 273-0502 F:(352) 392-5114 213 McGuire Pavilion, P.O. Box 115900
Gainesville, Fl 32611-5900
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Isabel Garcia-Rose

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School of Theater + Dance
Adjunct Lecturer
Area: Dance

isa@ufl.edu
T:(352) 392-0246 F:(352) 392-5114
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Kristin O'Neal

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School of Theater + Dance
Adjunct Lecturer
Area: Dance

koneal@ufl.edu
T:(352) 273-0516 F:(352) 392-5114
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Neta Pulvermacher

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School of Theater + Dance
Associate Professor
Area: Dance

neta@ufl.edu
T:(352) 273-0522 F:(352) 392-5114 PO Box 115900
Gainesville, FL 32611
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Richard Rose

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School of Theater + Dance
Associate Professor
Area: Dance/Choreography

rarose@ufl.edu
T:(352) 273-0506 F:(352) 392-5114 225 McGuire Pavilion, P.O. Box 115900
Gainesville, Fl 32611-5900
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Tzveta Kassabova

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School of Theater + Dance
Visiting Assistant Professor
Area: Dance

tzveta@ufl.edu
T:(352) 273-0500 F:(352)
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