What is dance?

A dance degree is a liberal arts degree housed in the Department of Theatre and Dance. The field of dance includes training in both traditional and non-traditional dance. While focusing on the development of performers, choreographers and educators, dance programs also encourage the emergence of new, diverse, and creative dance techniques and styles.

Why should I consider majoring in dance?

Dance students enrich the cultural life of the campus and community. Although a college degree in dance is not necessary to perform, it is desired among most professional companies and it is necessary for those who want to teach dance in college, high school, or elementary school. It also sets a standard of quality for private studios. A dance degree provides a foundation for those who want to develop a career in the arts. Dance is a creatively and physically strenuous art form; with the right training and foundation, a dancer can thrive in a long and fulfilling career.  

What interests and values are related to dance?

Students of dance are creative, imaginative, expressive, and self-aware. They develop critical analysis skills and excel in their ability to grow from feedback. Dancers often enjoy expressing themselves in collaboration with other art forms.

What career fields are related to dance?

  • Artist-in-residence 
  • Dancer 
  • Dance Therapist 
  • Public Relations Manager
  • Choreographer 
  • Private Teacher/Business Owner 
  • Press Agents
  • Dance Designer: costume, lights 
  • Leisure and Recreation Instructor 
  • Business Manager Technician 
  • Dance Company Rehearsal Director 
  • Personal Manager Consultant 
  • College Professor: Dance 
  • Pilates/Yoga/Body Conditioning Instructor 
  • Somatic Practitioner
  • Booking Agent  
  • Ballet Mistress/Master 
  • Public School Teacher 
  • Grants Specialist 
  • Arts Council Director

How can I learn more about dance?

Occupational Outlook Handbook

Contact Source:

College of Performing & Visual Arts Career and Academic Advising
Location: Chapman 107
Phone: 208-496-9870
Email: cpvaadvising@byui.edu