Performance and Movement, BA

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Do you have a passion for expanding your skills as a performer? Take your goals to the next level by joining a diverse student body that encourages you to explore multiple ways of performing through coursework in dance and theatre.

The BA program in performance and movement is an inclusive, transdisciplinary degree program that encourages students to develop both collaborative approaches to learning and professional industry skills in the performing arts. This program is grounded in cultivating community practice through theatre and dance.

The bachelor's degree program is located within the ecosystem of Phoenix, the sixth largest urban center in the United States, and enables students to understand, deconstruct and uplift diverse artistic modes across media and encourages the student to create a flexible degree program that intersects and engages these areas of interest. This degree program offers a number of focus areas: dance and theatre, social and partnership dance and Hip Hop Arts.

Dance and theatre --- The dance and theatre focus area is designed for dancers who seek experience working with theatrical performance and acting, actors and performers who seek to balance text and voice work with movement exploration, and writers and directors who want to explore a wide range of approaches to live performance.

Social and partnership dance --- The social and partnership dance focus area is an innovative program that allows students to explore multiple styles and approaches in social and partnership dance both in formal classroom study and informal student-centered community events. The focus area seeks to prepare future Latin social and ballroom dance leaders with pedagogical, performance and community-building strategies to support the need for serving local and national community engagement in social dance as a means to create social transformation and change.

Hip Hop Arts --- The Hip Hop focus area is designed for the student interested in melding intersectional embodied practice, social justice and Hip Hop culture by offering a critical look at the historical, social and practical application of Hip Hop scholarship and culture. The program focus spans various forms of Hip Hop artistry and expression through thought-provoking, in-studio courses and hands-on practical application and connects students with scholars and Hip Hop practitioners to embrace the interdisciplinary nature of Hip Hop arts: dance, music, visual and voice.

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Performance and Movement, BA

Plan of study

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Application requirements

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Career outlook

The bachelor's degree in performance and movement provides an excellent broad-based foundation for work in the arts or entertainment professions and readies students for further training at graduate schools or conservatories. The program's liberal arts emphasis combined with a focus on physical presence prepares graduates for a variety of occupations in both performance and nonperformance fields. Opportunities may include work with:

  • arts entrepreneurship
  • professional performing
  • studio ownership and management
  • themed entertainment

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
Actors3.1%*
Art, Drama, and Music Teachers, Postsecondary 5.6%$69,690
Choreographers 14%$43,680
Dancers2.3%*
Education Teachers, Postsecondary 4.8%$65,440
Exercise Trainers and Group Fitness Instructors 15.4%$40,510
Recreation and Fitness Studies Teachers, Postsecondary2.6%$66,290
Health Specialties Teachers, Postsecondary 20.5%$99,090
Secondary School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education3.8%$62,870
Middle School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education3.6%$60,810

* 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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