The University of Utah Department of Ballet offers rigorous training, multiple performances opportunities and excellent academic courses for the ballet major. The minimum requirement for graduation is 122 credit hours, of which 36 to 39 hours must be fulfilled in general education courses.
The ballet major is a restricted major and admission is highly competitive. Female students usually enter the program with six to nine years of ballet technique and pointe work. Women are strongly advised to have had at least four years of pointe work. Male students traditionally have studied for less time.
Opportunities abound for personal development at the University of Utah through intensive daily technique classes, pointe, variations, and men’s classes tailored to the student’s technique level. The department also offers vital experiences for students to develop artistically and creatively through numerous performances and choreographic opportunities.
The faculty is committed to teaching a wide spectrum of courses; and the department offers a curriculum designed to develop dancers who are versatile, technically articulate, and well prepared for their futures.
To accomplish this level of expertise, the curriculum includes courses in repertory and performance skills; partnering; pedagogy; music; character dance; ballet history; choreography; modern dance; kinesiology; dance conditioning; and technical theatre/lighting. While professional preparation and training is the main focus of undergraduate study, students also receive an excellent general education from exceptional teachers at the University of Utah in the physical sciences, social and behavioral sciences, fine arts, and humanities. Contributing to a rich inner life are collaborative arts experiences within the college, and opportunities for internships and outreach activities.
BFA Curriculum Requirements (Updated May 2015)
For clarification on which requirements apply to you, please contact Academic Advising.
For students pursuing a BFA under the 2015 – 2016 requirements:
For further information see the General Catalogue links below.
Course Description & Requirements (University Catalog Links)
- Ballet, BFA
- Ballet, HBFA – Honors
- Ballet Teaching, BFA
- Ballet Teaching, HBFA – Honors
- Ballet Studio Teaching Certificate
Many of our students are assisted with their tuition through scholarships made possible by the generous donations of businesses, community, and individuals. We would like to thank all those who have contributed funding to our program however large or small. We would like to give special recognition to some of our donors who have set up endowments or donated in memory of a family member, which provide yearly scholarship support to our students. They include: The Herbert I and Elsa B. Michael Foundation in memory of Elsa B. Michael; Mrs. Walter (Enid) E. Cosgriff in the name of her husband, Walter E. Cosgriff; Emerson Sturdevant; Frederick J. Lebrizzi in memory of Joseph M Lebrizzi; Dolores Dore’ Eccles; Olga V. Alexandria Logan; Alice Walton Call; John H. Morgan; Justheim Petroleum; The Castle Foundation; Julie Hansen Jensen; Etta Keith Eskridge; The Harriet D. Travis Foundation; Gordon Paxman; Alice Sheets Marriott; Marilyn Evans Knowles; Lisa Lamanna Rickman; and anonymous donors who have given to the Friends of Utah Ballet and our Character Dance Ensemble funds.
The ballet department has excellent production support that includes an outstanding technical production faculty and staff to oversee and facilitate performances, create stunning costumes for three-act classical ballets and contemporary works, and maintain the 330-seat Hayes-Christensen Theater and a fully equipped costume shop.