Dance, BFA

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The School of Film, Dance and Theatre provides a dynamic and culturally diverse learning environment in which students develop as creative artists, scholars and educators. The BFA program in dance offers a transdisciplinary curriculum that emphasizes collaboration and a holistic approach to education. The program encourages artists of the 21st-century to develop multiple skills for success in the arts and related fields.

The core values of the program include creativity, research, leadership, reflection, humanity and context. These values are embedded in a broad range of academic experiences that emphasize creative practices (the study of the creative process and dance-making using improvisation, choreography and interdisciplinary approaches); dance and digital arts; dance history, ethnography and philosophy; movement practices (the study of the theory, history and technique of a range of dance forms and mind-body practices, including contemporary ballet, Latin dance practices, postmodern contemporary dance, somatic practices and urban dance practices); and seminars.

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Dance, BFA

Offered by
Herberger Institute for Design & the Arts


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Career outlook

The comprehensive academic foundation of the Bachelor of Fine Arts program in dance prepares students to be leading dance professionals of the 21st century. Graduates of the program have the expertise to pursue professions as choreographers, performers, educators, community artists, scholars and much more. After leaving ASU, many graduates participate in activities like these:

  • conduct academic research
  • curate or produce dance festivals and events
  • direct or manage performing art companies, studios or dance-related organizations
  • facilitate community partnerships and projects
  • produce dance media for performance or instruction
  • pursue certification in somatic practices (Laban Movement Analysis, Feldenkrais, Alexander Technique, Body-Mind Centering, etc.)
  • teach and design curriculum
  • work as a dance critic
  • work in technical theatre and dance production
  • work in the areas of health and wellness (fitness, yoga, massage therapy, etc.)
  • work in the field of arts management and administration
  • write for scholarly publications

Example careers

Students who complete this degree program may be prepared for the following careers. Advanced degrees or certifications may be required for academic or clinical positions. Career examples include but are not limited to:

Career*growth*median salary
Art, Drama, and Music Teachers, Postsecondary 12%$66,930
Coaches and Scouts 12.9%$32,270
Education Teachers, Postsecondary 10.3%$64,020
Fitness Trainers and Aerobics Instructors 10.1%$39,210
Recreation and Fitness Studies Teachers, Postsecondary 9.7%$60,150
Secondary School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education7.5%$59,170
Middle School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education7.5%$57,720

* Data obtained from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) under sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA).

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