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About the Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance Program at TROY

The BFA in Dance not only prepares its graduates for a professional performance career, it also offers extensive training in choreography, pedagogy, and artistic direction. The comprehensive major is a competitive program in which students train intensively in the styles of Ballet and Contemporary, in addition, recognizing the evolution occurring in Dance of the 21st century, TROY’s BFA also allows the dancer to focus on the Commercial Dance industry. Upon graduation, the Troy University BFA Dance graduate will be a versatile and viable artist, well prepared for the future of their choice.

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“From the very beginning when I came for my first Day of Dance class, during their spring show, I felt an immediate sense of family, that they genuinely cared about what you were doing, how you were doing in your classes and that you were going to excel,” she said. “They were not just looking at your year that you were about to start, they were looking ahead the next four years at where you could potentially be, how far you could go and how they could help you grow.”
Erin Smith | Nashville, TN based teacher and choreographer | 2020 graduate, Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance

Learn from the best

TROY is committed to providing the most accomplished and distinguished faculty. TROY’s dance faculty members are elite, expertly trained and award-winning professionals with national and international honors — highly sought-after choreographers and teachers. Under their direction, dance values remain true to the purity and necessity of traditional training while embracing current methods needed for tomorrow’s dance professionals — performers, emerging choreographers, teachers, business owners, dance critics and writers.

Embrace new adventures

Each year, dance majors within the Department of Theatre and Dance have ample opportunities to perform. As part of the many study abroad opportunities afforded to students through the College of Communication and Fine Arts, dance majors are being offered once-in-a-lifetime opportunities within TROY’s Summer Arts Academy in Pietrasanta, Italy. Every summer, dance majors travel with other artists within the CCFA to study, perform and experience one of Europe’s most picturesque cities.
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Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance

TROY Dance is home to disciplined, diverse, and determined dancers who recognize the demands it takes to live the life they have imagined. While courses may vary from year to year, your coursework may include:
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Program Requirements

The BFA in dance program requires a placement audition to determine the level of ability for entering dancers. Auditions are held several times each year. Contact the Theatre & Dance Department for specific dates, times and locations. Following first-year evaluations by the faculty, students are either extended an invitation to continue in the BFA dance program or to seek a different major but complete the minor in dance. First-year dance courses meet both BFA and dance minor requirements. Freshmen dancers also enroll in The Creative Habit, which is a learning community designed especially for first-year theatre and dance students.

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Careers in Dance

Dance values remain true to the purity and necessity of traditional training while embracing current methods needed for tomorrow’s dance professional—performers, emerging choreographers, teachers, business owners, dance critics and writers.

Faculty Profiles

Dominique Angel

Dominique Angel

A native of Washington D.C. Dominique Angel began her ballet training with Ballet Russe premiere danseur Oleg Tupine and his wife Tania Rousseau, after receiving a full time scholarship at age fourteen Ms. Angel moved to New York City where she continued her studies at the Joffrey Ballet School ultimately joining the Joffrey II Dancers under the direction of Sally Brayley Bliss and The Joffrey Ballet under the direction of Robert Joffrey. While with The Joffrey Ballet Ms. Angel danced in works choreographed by Paul Taylor, Frederick Ashton, Agnes DeMille, Mark Morris, Jiri Kylian, John Cranko, Pilobolus, and resident choreographer Gerald Arpino.
James Boyd

James Boyd

James L. Boyd III is an artist born and raised in Jacksonville, Florida. He has toured and entertained the world with the knowledge of ten (10) professional styles of dance under his belt. James is a Douglas Anderson School of the Arts graduate and received his B.F.A from SUNY Purchase College in 2010 in Dance and Choreography. Since graduation he performed with Elton John, Lady Gaga, Mary J. Blige, and Bruce Springsteen. James was a guest artist with the hit dance show, “So You Think You Can Dance” and a semi-finalist on the well-known show, “America’s Got Talent”. While performing around the world, entertaining in 30 countries and over 80 cities with the Bad Boys of Dance and Bad Boys of Ballet, he shared the stage with greats such as Misty Copeland, Joseph Gatti and Rasta Thomas.
Adrienne Hicks

Adrienne Hicks

After high school in 2006, Adrienne entered the Ailey/Fordham BFA program in New York City. Approached by Dr. Jack Hawkins in 2007, she transferred to help bring dance to Troy University and became one of six who laid its foundation. Graduating Summa Cum Laude 2011, Adrienne moved to Atlanta, signing with Xcel Talent Agency, became a member of Project 7 Contemporary Dance Company, and was cast in America’s Got Talent group, iLuminate. She performed in multiple world tours with the company before she danced off-Broadway in iLuminate’s Artist of Light for three years, where she served as dance captain. In 2015, Adrienne joined Bad Boys of Dance in their European Tour of Romeo and Juliet. So far, Adrienne’s dance career has taken her to 15 countries and 5 continents. She is on faculty for Manhattan Dance Project, Beyond the Stars, and Impact Dance Adjudicators, and is thrilled to have just joined the Department of Theatre and Dance at Troy University. She graduated May 2019 with her MFA in Choreography.
Jerome L. Stigler

Jerome L. Stigler

Jerome L. Stigler, a native of St. Louis, MO. began his training at the Katherine Dunham Children’s Workshop and the Center of Contemporary Arts. He has a BFA in Dance from the University of Missouri-Kansas City and a MFA in Dance from the University of Iowa. Mr. Stigler has received scholarships to the Alvin Ailey American Dance Center, Milwaukee Ballet, and American Dance Festival. He has taught and choreographed for numerous schools throughout the United States. Mr. Stigler has performed with the dance companies of the Dayton Contemporary Dance Company (DCDC), Albany Berkshire Ballet, Dallas Black Dance Theatre, Columbia City Ballet, Florida Dance Theatre, Dallas-Fort Worth Ballet, St. Louis Ballet, Charlotte Adams & Dancers, Walt Disney World, Wylliams/Henry Contemporary Dance Company, Deeply Rooted Dance Theater, Douglas Dunn & Dancers, Jeanne Ruddy Dance Company, Viewsic Expressions, VQ Productions, Mountjoy Productions, Balance Dance Theater, and Jennifer Muller/The Works. Mr. Stigler has taught throughout NYC and danced with the companies of 360° Full Circle Dance Company and The Von Howard Project. Currently, Mr. Stigler is an Assistant Professor of Dance at Troy University.

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