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Dance, BFA

  • Anytime
    Application Deadline
  • 48 months
, VA,
Dance is one of the earliest art forms. Its language is universal. From energetic to ethereal, classic to modern, dance offers a unique partnership between the body and the mind. Its aesthetic appeal creates countless opportunities for self-expression and communication.


Sweet Briar College offers one of the most unique collegiate dance programs in the U.S. For more than 40 years, the program has drawn on traditional and contemporary dance techniques — including aerial — combined with intensive training in choreography.

At Sweet Briar, students find freedom in creative expression while gaining practical experience that builds a solid repertoire before graduation.

Our program derives its strength from its concentration on choreography. After one semester, students begin to stage performances. The culminating capstone project lets students choreograph, produce and perform a full-length concert for the community — an experience students at large universities often do not encounter until graduate school.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details: Rolling Admission after November 1 (decisions and financial aid notifications mailed on a rolling basis after December 17)
  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

  • Yoga 
  • Beginning Ballet 
  • Beginning Jazz 
  • inning Modern Dance 
  • Beginning Tap 
  • Intermediate Ballet 
  • Intermediate Modern Dance 
  • Dance History 

                English Language Requirements

                You only need to take one of these language tests:

                • Minimum required score:


                  The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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                • Minimum required score:


                  The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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                Academic Requirements

              • Completed application — Sweet Briar will accept either the Common Application or online application.
              • Official transcripts of all academic work completed to date. 
              • If applicable, a list of current (senior year) grades
              • A general recommendation from either a high school guidance counselor or high school teacher which addresses the applicant’s interests, attitudes and academic abilities
              • A standardized test is required. Sweet Briar accepts either the SAT or ACT. Official scores must be submitted directly to the College.
              • A full credential evaluation from World Education Services (WES) of all non-U.S. high school and college transcripts
              • College Board’s International Student Certification of Finances
              • Tuition Fee

                • International

                  36520 USD/year
                  Tuition Fee
                  Based on the original amount of 36520 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
                • National

                  36520 USD/year
                  Tuition Fee
                  Based on the original amount of 36520 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
                • In-State

                  36520 USD/year
                  Tuition Fee
                  Based on the original amount of 36520 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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