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Inside the Ailey/Fordham BFA Program

Posted August 1, 2023

An innovative partnership between The Ailey School and Fordham University, the Ailey/Fordham Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degree is tailor made for students seeking world-class dance training and an exceptional liberal arts education. Here's what makes this exciting program a unique opportunity for aspiring students. 

A Dual Program at its Finest 

Throughout their four years of study, students train with world renowned instructors at The Ailey School in a wide variety of dance techniques, while also taking body work classes such a Gyrokinesis®, and learning dance composition and choreography. For their academic studies, students attend Fordham College at Lincoln Center, which provides a challenging liberal arts and science curriculum. By combining elite dance training with a prestigious education, every student that goes through the program comes out of it with a well-rounded education that will serve them greatly no matter what career they pursue. 

Each school focuses on a specific course of study at its institution 

The Ailey School offers a rigorous core curriculum of daily classes in ballet, Horton, and Graham-based Modern along with other dance techniques including jazz, West African, partnering, improvisation, and more. Every year there are several opportunities for students to perform and there is also a choreography showcase where they present their own work. Beyond the core-curriculum of liberal arts courses, many students often declare an academic major from the wide array of majors offered at Fordham.   

In short, it’s the best of both worlds. 

Want to know what it’s like to be a student at The Ailey School? Dive in with both toes pointed and watch “A Day in the Life of an Ailey Student,” that immerses you in the typical daily routine of an Ailey student!

Ready to apply for the Ailey/Fordham BFA program? Apply Today

Not ready and need more information? Read about the admission criteria for the program.  Get the Facts