Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Dance


The UA Little Rock Dance program offers the only Dance BFA degree in the state of Arkansas, access to training from world-recognized faculty and guest artists, and numerous opportunities for connections to the professional world of dance across the country. Our students immerse themselves in rigorous technical training, performances in both theatre and dance, off-campus, touring opportunities throughout the region with the department dance company, and challenging theory and design courses to integrate a fuller understanding of dance as a performing art.

At UA Little Rock you will experience a supportive environment to fully evolve your goals as a performer, choreographer, teacher, studio owner, arts administrator, designer, or several other related career options. Each student is guided by faculty mentors and advisors to help them uncover a path for success in the area of their personal passion. Whether a student’s dream is a performing career, graduate school, or a double major in another field of interest, we believe in exploring diverse viewpoints, the importance of the learning process, and stretching the boundaries of both the individuals and art form.

Additionally, we offer a BA in Dance. The Bachelor of Arts in Dance is a four-year liberal arts degree. In keeping with the University’s mission, the program provides excellent training and education in dance as part of a broad-based liberal arts education.

The Bachelor of Arts degree in Dance requires subject mastery while allowing for greater flexibility of choice in technique and level advancement. The BA in Dance promotes interdisciplinary connections and bridges other topics of study with dance perspectives. Graduates with a BA in dance are prepared to become part of a creative workforce with superior training in a collaborative endeavor, self-discipline, and critical evaluation skills. For more information about the BFA or BA in dance contact Stephanie Thibeault >

Highlights of the program include:

  • Classes in ballet, modern, jazz, and tap
  • All required courses taught by full-time faculty
  • Live accompaniment in all ballet and modern classes
  • Guaranteed performance opportunities each year for all BFA/BA dance majors
  • Talent-based scholarships
  • Study abroad opportunities
  • A dance touring company
  • Study abroad opportunities
  • American College Dance Association annual conference attendance
  • Partnership with Arkansas’ foremost professional ballet company, Ballet Arkansas


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