Department of Dance
Fei Tian College’s Dance Department at Middletown offers courses that enrich and cultivate our students to the highest standard of artistic expression in both Classical Chinese Dance and Classical Ballet. Its curriculum uniquely combines education in both traditions. To our best knowledge, it is the only such program in the United States.
The Department of Dance at Fei Tian College’s Middletown Campus offers two degrees in Dance:
· Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Dance
· Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Dance
During the first year, all students follow the basic curriculum by taking the core dance courses in both Chinese Classical Dance and Classical Ballet. In the second year, students should declare their concentration; and the next three-year sequence is specially designed for each “concentration”. Training in both concentrations equips students with technical and performance skills, artistry development, and the cultivation of a profound understanding of Classical Ballet or Classical Chinese, the two most comprehensive dance systems in the world. The program also prepares students for a wide range of career options including advanced studies in related professional fields.
The Classical Ballet concentration offers courses in fundamental Ballet training, Pointe, Partnering, Repertoire, plus related academic studies. This concentration will prepare students for immediate employment in ballet companies and schools as dancers, choreographers, directors, dance educators, and in arts management. Some students may choose to go on to graduate studies.
Classical Chinese Dance
The Classical Chinese Dance concentration offers courses in fundamental Classical Chinese Dance training, Tumbling, Chinese Ethnic and Folk Dances, Repertoire, plus related academic studies. This concentration will prepare students for immediate employment in Classical Chinese dance companies and schools as dancers, choreographers, directors, dance educators, and in arts management. Some students may choose to go on to graduate studies.