Dance at Buffalo State delivers a liberal arts education and embraces a philosophy of civic and community engagement in all aspects of the program. In addition to rigorous studio training that enhances the physical experience of the art form, the curricula is designed to deepen students understanding of the cultural, historical, and aesthetic value of dance to our world. Our community-based program fulfills our dance students’ distinct aspirations while addressing local and global societal needs.
The bachelor of arts degree in arts and letters with a concentration in dance is an interdisciplinary major that allows students to pursue their particular interests whether that be performance, education, therapy, or community work with dance as the primary course of study. Excellent learning experiences in and out of the classroom develop dance leaders for an increasingly global society.
The dance program also offers a 21-credit-hour minor. The program focuses on the study of dance as art, science, education, and culture. Through studio techniques, theory, history, and composition, students reflect on their own creativity and its aesthetic value, which leads to considering how dance enhances their major, is an expression of culture, and helps to build community.
In addition, the dance program offers a course of study for the dance enthusiast and advocate. This series satisfies Buffalo State’s mission to provide quality liberal arts study through the Intellectual Foundations program.
All students are invited to join the Buffalo State Dance Association. The program's student organization offers a voice to the program and houses the National Honor Society for Dance Arts. Buffalo State Dance Theater is the program's student performing company. Company members are selected through audition and have numerous opportunities to perform throughout the semester, such as the annual dance concert.
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