BFA at Dominican


The LINES Ballet BFA Program at Dominican University of California is accepting a streamlined video audition process for all UArts dancers. Contact BFA Program Director, Marina Hotchkiss, at [email protected] for information. We’re working with the university to make transferring to Dominican easy and painless so that you can keep moving toward your goals!

Alonzo King LINES Ballet | BFA at Dominican University

Our unique four-year Bachelor of Fine Arts degree program combines the acclaimed training and philosophy of LINES Ballet with Dominican’s comprehensive liberal arts education and social values. We offer serious students an unequaled opportunity to discover themselves as artists and as human beings—and to gain an excellent artistic and academic education along the way.

Student dancers experience classes on both the beautiful Dominican campus in San Rafael, California, and in San Francisco at the spacious studios of Alonzo King LINES Ballet. Our dance curriculum emphasizes ballet (Western classical dance) as its foundational language, complemented by extensive training in modern and other dance forms. With our direct relationship to Alonzo King, we offer students special access to the process, environment, and philosophy of one of today’s foremost choreographers.


Marina Hotchkiss
[email protected]
Program Director
Alonzo King LINES Ballet BFA at Dominican University
415.863.3040 x281



Academic Application Opens: September 1, 2024
Artistic Application Due: April 1, 2025
Audition Deadline: April 1, 2025


Dominican University of California

About Dominican University of California
Dominican educates and prepares students to be ethical leaders and socially responsible global citizens who incorporate the Dominican values of study, reflection, community and service into their lives. The University is committed to diversity, sustainability and the integration of the liberal arts, the sciences, and professional programs. For complete information on the university, please visit Dominican’s website.

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The Dominican Experience
Every Dominican Student works with an integrative coach and a network of mentors all four years. Each individual engages with the community through service learning, internships, fieldwork, or community-based research. BFA students have the opportunity to engage in dance outreach initiatives through DU and our partner organization, JUNTOS Collective. Upon graduation, each student will have crafted a signature choreographic work and an accompanying digital portfolio.

BFA Curriculum

Guzman Hall at Dominican University of California


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Achievements of the BFA

We are very proud to see the achievements, awards, and milestones of students and alumni since the founding of the Alonzo King LINES Ballet BFA at Dominican University of California.

In the summer of 2020, the Class of 2020 participated in a 24-hour livestream event benefiting Doctors Without Borders called the NITE 24 Hour Global Art Carousel. They created a work expressing their experiences with the Black Lives Matter movement. Watch the film and read interviews with alumni Alesandra Harper and Marie Finley on our blog.

Princess Grace Foundation scholarship recipients have included Lani Dickinson (’16), Katie Scherman (’10), and Jeffrey Van Sciver (’13). Jeffrey Van Sciver was also awarded the Princess Grace Foundation’s Chris Hellman Award. Dizzy Feet Foundation scholarship recipients include: Tatiana Barber (’16), Charbel Rohayem (’16), William Couture (’15), Madeline Matuska (’15), Mary Kate O’Sullivan (’14), Rachel Furst (’13), and Jeffrey Van Sciver (’13).

Other Achievements

In 2020, Dominican University of California was named the nation’s most transformative four-year university by the American Council on Education (ACE). Learn more.

In 2015, LINES BFA at Dominican was listed in The Ten Best Colleges for Dance Performance in the US.

In 2014, BFA alum Casey Thorne (’10) was awarded a Fulbright Student Fellowship to research dance in Israel.

In 2013, BFA alum and current LINES company member, Michael Montgomery (’11), was named one of Dance Magazine’s “25 to Watch”.

In 2011, our students were invited to attend the Tremplin Jeunes Ballets of the Monaco Dance Forum, a highly prestigious showcase attended by international directors of contemporary and classical ballet companies.


Our graduates have been offered positions in dance companies around the world, including:

  • Alonzo King LINES Ballet
  • Oakland Ballet
  • AXIS Dance Company
  • BodyTraffic
  • Club Guy and Roni (Holland)
  • Compagnia Zappala Danza (Italy)
  • Donlon Dance (Germany)
  • Flock
  • Gibney Dance
  • DanceWorks Chicago
  • dawsondancesf
  • Hubbard Street Dance Chicago
  • Metropolitan Opera (Porgy and Bess)
  • Northwest Dance Project
  • ODC/Dance
  • Philadanco 2
  • Robert Moses’ KIN
  • Sean Dorsey Dance
  • SF Opera
  • Staats Oper Saarbruchen
  • State Street Ballet
  • tinypistol
  • TU Dance
  • Visceral Dance Chicago
  • Wonderbound
  • Amongst Others

BFA at Dominican student performing on stage at Angelico Concert Hall on campus at Dominican University of California with leg in a high passe

They have been accepted into prestigious education programs:

  • Claremont Graduate University, Arts Management Program
  • Mills College, MFA in Dance Program
  • New York University, Tisch School of the Arts, MFA Concentration in Dance and New Media
  • London Contemporary Dance School
  • Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, MSc Dance Science Program
  • University of California, Berkeley School of Law
  • University of Oregon, MFA in Dance Program

Ilaria Guerra, Alonzo King LINES Ballet BFA at Dominican University

And they have gone on to choreograph works for various organizations including:

  • Alonzo King LINES Ballet BFA at Dominican University of California
  • Bridge Project Creative Residency at Velocity Dance Center
  • Cornish Arts Incubator Residency
  • DanceWorks Chicago
  • Seattle International Dance Festival
  • Seattle Art Museum
  • Western Dance Project of Western Michigan University

A masked BFA student jumping in performance

I gravitated to the BFA Program at Dominican because the philosophies that they stood for were ones that I did too—the idea of endless service to our art and passion. I also loved that they believe in the sense of family—not just among classes, but as an entire organization. I wanted to be somewhere where I felt I could let my spirit soar and explore without limits.

Michael Montgomery
Class of 2011, LINES Ballet company dancer

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