FAQ

How many students are accepted each year?
How often do students perform?
Where do the dance classes take place?
How do the students get to the Alonzo King LINES Dance Center in SF?
Does Alonzo King teach in the program?
Is the program considered a “feeder” for Alonzo King LINES Ballet?
What is a typical day like?
Is pointe required for women?
Is it possible to double major?
Is it possible to pursue a minor?
Do you accept transfer students?
Are students required to live on campus?
Is financial aid available?
I might need to have a job while in school. Can I do that in this program?


How many students are accepted each year?
We accept 16-18 freshmen each year. Transfer students are accepted up to Junior year on a case-by-case basis.

How often do students perform?
Each semester concludes with performances on campus in Angelico Concert Hall. All students participate in these performances. There are additional performances in a variety of venues each semester, including several outdoor arts festivals. Highlights of the spring semester are the Senior Project presentations (works choreographed by the senior dancers on the students), junior class attendance at the American College Dance Festival Association regional conference, and the Senior Showcase, a full evening performance by the senior class at a theater in San Francisco.

Where do the dance classes take place?
The program holds dance classes in two locations: the Alonzo King LINES Dance Center in San Francisco and at Marin Ballet, a private studio walking distance from the Dominican campus in San Rafael. Freshmen and sophomores each spend two days per week at LINES, juniors four days, and seniors five days.

How do the students get to the Alonzo King LINES Dance Center in SF?
Round trip bus transportation is provided.

Does Alonzo King teach in the program?
Yes! Alonzo teaches all of the students each semester. Alonzo also teaches a special week-long workshop intensive for the senior dancers in their final year.

Is the program considered a “feeder” for Alonzo King LINES Ballet?
No. The program has been designed to nurture and develop the potential within all of our students, and to equip them for a variety of possible professional paths.

What is a typical day like?
Dance Majors start early! Each day begins with Ballet Technique, at 9 or 9:30am. Modern Technique, and then GYROTONIC® or GYROKINESIS® classes follow ballet twice a week. Workshop, a course that encompasses repertoire, choreography, improvisation and composition, as well as Master Classes follows ballet three times per week. In general, dance majors dance about 20 hours per week in course work, and have additional rehearsal hours from September-March for Senior Projects. Dance courses typically end by 2:30pm. Students then return to campus for academic courses. Academic course schedules can vary by semester, and student, but generally take place from 3-7pm.

Is pointe required for women?
We prefer women to be proficient on pointe, however we do occasionally accept talented dancers who do not dance on pointe.

Is it possible to double major?
It is not possible to double major without committing to a fifth year of school, or, possibly, entering the program with an AA degree.

Is it possible to pursue a minor?
Yes! Many of the dance students pursue an academic minor in addition to the dance major. Popular minors are: Psychology, Arts Management, Business, English with a Writing Emphasis, Humanities and Cultural Studies, and Women and Gender Studies. We advise most students to feel out the freshman year before deciding whether or not to pursue a minor.

Do you accept transfer students?
Yes, we do accept sophomore and junior transfer students! Since we strongly prefer that BFA Program graduates spend a minimum of two years in our program, we generally do not accept senior transfers. If you are interested in transferring, we recommend that you email Marina Hotchkiss. In your email please describe your dance/college history, and attach a transcript if possible.

Are students required to live on campus?
Students are not required to live on campus, however we encourage freshmen, especially those from out of state, to live in the dorms for freshman year. The dance majors spend a lot of time together. Living in the dorms for freshman year helps students broaden their social circle and fully experience all that the university has to offer.

Is financial aid available?
Yes, Dominican does offer financial aid. For details, please visit Dominican's website and refer your questions to Dominican's admissions team.

I might need to have a job while in school. Can I do that in this program?
Yes, but it will be very challenging. Many of our students hold part-time jobs, some on the Dominican campus (such as in the library or cafeteria) and some in outside businesses such as cafes and shops. The program is rigorous and performance rehearsals can disrupt the usual schedule on short notice. We understand the economic challenge faced by families today and realize that most students will need to have outside work at some point in their four years with us. Whenever possible we encourage students to minimize these outside commitments.