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.
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.
Founded by the Dominican Sisters of San Rafael and chartered in 1890, Dominican University of California is a premier liberal arts university which seeks to embody Dominican educational ideals: love of truth, beauty and life of the mind, and a deep respect for the dignity and worth of the individual. Nestled in the hills of San Rafael, the campus features graceful old buildings and shady tree-lined paths.
For complete information on the university, please visit Dominican’s website.
Dominican Mission and Values
Dominican University of California 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.
Dominican offers more than 60 programs of study, reflecting the diversity and creativity of our faculty, students, and location. With a 10:1 student-to-faculty ratio, average class size of 16, and proximity to San Francisco, Dominican is able to provide both the personal attention associated with smaller schools and with the academic resources and global opportunities associated with larger universities.
Dominican is known for being close-knit, friendly and supportive. With only 2,200 students, small class size, and our small-town, park-like campus, students make amazing friends and truly get to know their professors. They’re involved, challenged and recognized, all while being supported, guided, and encouraged by dedicated faculty and friends. In addition, Dominican offers more than 50 student clubs and organizations.
At Dominican, students don’t have to look far to find an opportunity for serenity and reflection. It’s everywhere. The University’s 80-acre campus with beautiful manicured gardens offers a calming influence, along with sun-drenched benches to relax upon.
At Dominican, students find themselves sharing the basics of good sportsmanship with lacrosse campers, teaming up with local museum curators to create traveling art exhibits, and mentoring low-income families in preparing their tax returns. Last year alone, our students completed over 8,645 service-learning hours. It’s no wonder Dominican has once again been named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll – the highest federal recognition for commitment to service-learning and community engagement.
One of the wonderful benefits of art study is that you develop intuition. Intuition is that knowing which doesn’t rely on inference and doesn’t need validation. It just knows.
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.
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).
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:
They have been accepted into prestigious education programs:
And they have gone on to choreograph works for various organizations including:
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.
Class of 2011, LINES Ballet company dancer