Curriculum

“The final point of any training is the development of character. Whatever our goals in life, skill and acumen are mere signposts in our ascent. Skill has to be tempered with motive, discrimination, and humility. The final goal is always mental equilibrium and the establishment of true character.” Alonzo King


The Alonzo King LINES Ballet BFA at Dominican University of California strives to develop dancers of exceptional skill and artistry. Students acquire the skills and knowledge necessary for a professional career in today’s dance world while also gaining the life-long benefits of a liberal arts education.

The program uses ballet as its foundational language, complemented by and augmented with extensive training in past and current forms of modern dance. The program’s philosophy furthers the unique aim of Alonzo King LINES Ballet in the re-invigoration of ballet (Western classical dance). To that end, a portion of each semester is devoted to the study of the choreography of Alonzo King, taught by many of the dancers on whom the works were originally set. Celebrated choreographers both from within the vibrant Bay Area dance community and abroad are also invited to set original works on students in the program, and to share their points of view in a collaborative process.

Click here for an outline of the 4-year curriculum: BFA in Dance Sequence of Classes

Improvisation and composition studies support and inform a strong emphasis on individual responsibility and exploration in the creative process. The four-year program offers many opportunities for student performance, and culminates in a full production of student-choreographed work. The LINES Ballet BFA at Dominican program also incorporates extensive study in the GYROTONIC EXPANSION SYSTEM® to cultivate knowledge and practical tools towards maintaining a healthy body while expanding individual movement potential.