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.
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.
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.
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.
Our BFA Program’s 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. Click the button below to visit our blog, watch the film and read interviews with alumni Alesandra Harper and Marie Finley.
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
Hometown: Minneapolis, MN
Degree: BFA in Dance with a Minor in Psychology
Where are you now and what are you doing?
I live in San Francisco, working to build bridges between dance and the greater community. I accomplish that goal through teaching dance in Elementary schools and dance studio, in addition to working as JUNTOSCollective’s Programs Director, a non-profit dance organization committed to uplifting the human spirit and connecting people through dance in The Bay Area, New York, Boston, Mexico, Nicaragua and Guatemala. With JUNTOS, I have had the opportunity to develop and scale programs and lead groups of university dancers to do community outreach abroad. I scratch my ever present performance itch by participating in community accessible performances, my current favorite being Super Serious Post Modern Dance Variety Hour, a comedy show designed to invite audiences to view contemporary dance through humor and lightness.
How would you describe your experience in the LINES BFA Program at Dominican in just three words?
Open-mindedness is key. (Three words is tricky!)
What is one memory or lesson that stands out to you most in your post-BFA Program life?
While there isn’t one particular “aha” moment that comes to mind, the program encouraged autonomy as an artist and scholar which has proven to be important time after time in my life as a freelance artist. During the BFA, because I never felt I had to fit a pre-prescribed mold as a dancer, I had the freedom to develop a deeper understanding of what drives me – in my case, community engagement and arts accessibility, with a sprinkle of silliness thrown on top.
Why was founding the opportunities for dance outreach through the JUNTOS Collective at the BFA Program important to you?
It was important for me to understand how the tools I was gaining through the BFA program i.e strong technical skills, could serve a greater purpose for the world, specifically for those with less resources than me. JUNTOS was the perfect platform to begin to understand the power of dance: what it means to connect with others through movement and to remind people of the ownership they have of their bodies.
What was your most unexpected experience with the JUNTOS Collective while attending the BFA Program?
I was in Guatemala my Junior Year and we performed in a center for children who are HIV positive, most of whom live short lives due to circumstances out of their control. During the performance, there was one boy hooked up to a respirator, sitting a few rows back while I was dancing in a high energy piece and he couldn’t stop moving out of the excitement the dance seemed to be bringing him. I felt an electric currency that existed between him and I; him sending energy to me through his excitement and me recycling it back to him through my dancing. After the performance, he rushed up to me and gave me a huge hug and began showing me all of his dance moves. Neither of us could stop smiling and we didn’t have to say anything to recognize we would both remember each other and the energy we had given one another for the rest of our lives.
How do you incorporate these experiences when leading students in dance outreach abroad now?
Each student is searching for an understanding of how dance – the thing they love – might be able to better the world by improving the lives of others. As I lead trips, I encourage students to write and reflect on their experiences to better understand the impact they are making on the communities we work with. Through personal reflection, they are able to communicate their ideas more clearly. I also encourage a light-hearted approach to the work: we are here to change lives and are oftentimes doing so in difficult situations, but the change comes from the joy and freedom dance naturally provides and therein lies the power.