BFA AT DOMINICAN

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.

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.

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.
 

CONTACT

Marina Hotchkiss
Program Director
marina@linesballet.org
415.863.3040 x281

Charlotte Carmichael
Program Coordinator
charlotte.carmichael@linesballet.org
415.863.3040 x238
 

APPLY FOR FALL 2020

Applications Open: September 1st, 2019
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SUBMISSION DATES


Academic Application Opens: August 1, 2019
Artistic Application Due: March 1, 2020
Audition Deadline: March 1, 2020

 

Dominican University of California

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.

Study
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.

Community
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.

Reflection
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.

Service
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.

ALONZO KING

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.

Scholarships
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 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.

Alumni

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)
  • Gibney Dance
  • DanceWorks Chicago
  • Dawsondancesf
  • Hubbard Street Dance Chicago
  • Northwest Dance Project
  • ODC/Dance
  • Staats Oper Saarbruchen
  • TU Dance
  • Amongst Others

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

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

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