The Department of Theatre and Dance offers a Bachelor of Arts degree in Dance. This degree is designed to prepare students to find successful career opportunities as a dance professional. During their studies students will acquire the knowledge and experience necessary to become a highly qualified and sound dance educator. The Department of Theatre and Dance also offers a Minor degree, a Concentration and a cluster in Dance.
1. Provide opportunities for the student to develop spiritually, artistically, intellectually and physically. This is accomplished through our desire to emphasize gospel principles, personal integrity, individual enrichment and sensitivity to multiple perspectives.
2. Graduates with a BA in Dance will have a versatile, but quality foundational experience to begin a career in dance as a dance educator.
3. Students will learn through dance that they can become better individuals by living the restored gospel of Jesus Christ, enhancing their roles as creative and artistic individuals, church members, citizens and parents.
4. Our goal is to challenge students to become individual thinkers, serve the community and make artistic efforts that reflect a richly complex and diverse global perspective
A graduate in dance should be able to:
1. identify and work conceptually with the physical, emotional and theoretical elements of composition, style, pedagogy and performance.
2. demonstrate a fundamental knowledge of the body based on kinesiologically applied movement principles, somatic understanding and historical context within an LDS perspective.
3. exhibit performance and/or instructionalproficiency in modern/contemporary dance coupled with an awareness and appreciation of all genres of dance.
4. develop, articulate and defend analytical evaluations based on individual experience and synthesis within a diverse global framework.
5. continue academic and performance studies of dance in graduate school (see below).
6. access employment in teaching, choreography and performance (see below).
Successful graduates in dance are well suited for careers in performance and choreography on dance companies and in freelance settings. Acquired skills also permit the teaching of dance at public schools, private dance studios, community theatre, fitness centers teaching dance technique, composition, improvisation, body conditioning, health and fitness. With additional schooling and licensure a graduate could proceed into higher education teaching, dance history, research, specialized dance and integrated movement therapy. Graduates may also be suited to work in areas of arts management / administration, public relations, personal consulting, dance criticism, community and outreach work.
The integrated Baccalaureate degree in Dance at BYU-Idaho allows a student to choose a minor or two clusters in a suggested field of study. The suggested fields of study are: Accounting, Business, Communications, Exercise Science, Health Science, Music, or Recreational Leadership.