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Career Preparation

Krista Kee BFA
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TCU BFA dance graduates pursue careers as performers, choreographers, directors, designers, teachers, somatic practitioners, and dance entrepreneurs across the world.  Alumni currently perform or have performed with Atlanta Ballet, River North Chicago, Metropolitan Opera Ballet, Eugene Ballet Company, Mark Morris Dance Company and Garth Fagan Dance, to name only a few.

Our graduates also have successful Broadway careers, performing in such musicals as CATS, A Chorus Line, Mamma Mia!, Miss Saigon, My One and Only, The Phantom of the Opera, Tanz der Vampire and West Side Story.

You can also find them in Off-Broadway shows, Sleep No More and Then She Fell, dancing at Walt Disney World.



Throughout the School for Classical & Contemporary Dance history, our graduates and alumni have performed with or are still performing with the following companies and organizations:

*denotes company founded by TCU BFA graduate

Amy Marshall Dance Company (NY)

Anaheim Ballet (CA)

Arch Contemporary Ballet (NY)

Atlanta Ballet

Atlanta Festival Ballet

Ballet Arkansas

Ballet Idaho

Ballet San Antonio

Bella Lewitsky Dance Co (CA)

Big Rig Dance Collective (TX)

Bill T. Jones / Arnie Zane Dance Co. (NY)

BodyArt* (NY)

Bruce Wood Dance Co (TX)

Caroline Calouche & Dancers (NC)

Central Illinois Ballet

Charleston Ballet

Chattanooga Ballet

Chrysalis Dance Co (TX)

ClancyWorks Dance Co (Washington, DC)

Colorado Ballet

Contemporary Ballet Dallas

Contemporary Dance/Fort Worth*

Contemporary Dance Wyoming

Dallas Black Dance Theatre

Dance Kaleidoscope (IN)

Daniel Gwirtzman (NY)

Dark Circles Dance Company (TX)

Donna Sternberg & Dancers (CA)

Eglevsky Ballet (NY)

Eugene Ballet (OR)

Festival Ballet Providence

Fort Worth/Dallas Ballet

Garth Fagan Dance Company (NY)

Gathering Wild (GA)

Georgia Ballet

Golden Hour Dance* (NY)

ImPULSE Dance Project* (TX)

Jan Erkert & Dancers (IL)

Jane Weiner/Hopestone (TX)

Jun Wen Yu Dance (WI)

Kansas City Ballet

Kentucky Ballet Theater

Kathy Dunn Hamrick Dance Co (TX)

Kim Robards Dance (CO)

Lingo Dance (WA)

Lydia Johnson Dance Co (NY)

Kansas City Ballet

Li Chiao-Ping Dance Co. (WI)

Melissa Thodos (IL)

Metropolitan Opera Ballet (NY)

Minnesota Dance Theatre

Momentum Dance (Guatemala)

Mark Morris Dance Group (NY)

Newfangled (IL)

Noblemotion Dance (TX)

North Carolina Dance Theatre

Orlando Ballet

Paul Taylor Dance Co

Pilobolus (NY)

Project 606* (IL)

River North Dance Co

Sara Rudner (NY)

The Seldoms (IL)

Spectrum Dance Theater (WA)

Tallahassee Ballet

tompricedancecompany (NY)

Visions Contemporary Ballet (NY)

Von Howard Project (NY)

NYC Musical Theater and Physical Theater – Broadway/Off-Broadway/Touring


A Chorus Line

Mamma Mia!

Miss Saigon

My One and Only

Phantom of the Opera

Tanz der Vampire

West Side Story

Martha Clarke’s Garden of Earthly Delights

Third Rail Projects’ Then She Fell

Punchdrunk’s Sleep No More

Radio City Music Hall Rockettes

Theme Parks and Cruise Ship Companies

Walt Disney World


Royal Caribbean International

Celebrity Cruises

Princess Cruises

BFA plus

Some BFA graduates who seek graduate education, minors, double majors or certificates pursue other dance-related careers or professions that build from their comprehensive TCU BFA education.  In addition to careers in performance and/or choreography, our graduates have taken many successful career pathways.

Here’s a sampling:

Arts management/Not-for-profit organizational management

Artistic direction

Chiropractic medicine



Dance outreach/education  (company, K-12, college/university, charter, etc.)

Dance photography

Dance therapy

Dance writing


Expressive arts therapy

Gyrotonic® practioner

Lighting design


Massage therapy

Medicine: MD, DO, Chiropractic, PT, AT, OT

Museum education



Physical/Athletic training

Pilates (we have just launched a 600-hour Pilates Teacher Training Program that partners with the BFA program. *)      *limited enrollment

Small business entrepreneurship: studios/centers/companies

Social work

Theater production

Video production

Yoga certification/Yoga studio owners


Click below to see our Pilates Teacher Training Program Information Video

Pilates Teacher Training Program Video

Some career paths require concurrent degree study or post-baccalaureate certification and degrees. A significant number of our graduates have gone on to earn secondary education certification.

Several of our alumni hold MAs, MFAs, PhDs, EdDs, MDs, and various counseling, therapeutic and medical licensures.


Career Services

In addition to meetings with your BFA advisor and mentorship from the SCCD faculty, you’ll have access to a career consultant who works with fine arts students. This person’s expertise working with arts majors is a clear advantage for you. Schedule one-on-one meetings with your career consultant, who will assess and analyze what you need most. Whether you’re crafting a speech or preparing for a job interview, your career consultant is there on the sidelines — pushing you into the game.

Melanie Coulson
Career Consultant to the College of Fine Arts

For more information about job opportunities, please visit:

Center for Career & Professional Development