Performance and Movement (BA)

The BA in performance and movement program 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.

This degree program offers a number of options. The general track allows for the greatest degree of flexibility in course selection, with the possibility of exploring multiple genres, styles, and approaches to performance. Students are expected to reach the advanced level of at least one of the four personal movement practices --- postmodern contemporary, contemporary ballet, urban movement or somatic practices, as well as take at least two advanced acting classes.

In addition to the general track, there are several distinct curricular tracks designed for students with specialized areas of interest:

The musical theatre track is designed for the theatre student who wishes to focus their studies on musical theatre, vocal performance and dance. Students are offered a variety of courses within the School of Music and the School of Film, Dance, and Theatre. This unique academic program allows students to blend key elements of traditional musical theatre curriculum with an expanded focus on foundational courses that provide skills and tools to be a well-rounded theatre artist.

The social and partnership dance track emphasizes partnership dance that includes the performance, competitive and social dance communities. This track is designed for the dancer who seeks to master their partnership dance studies within a social or performative context. This innovative program allows students to explore multiple styles and approaches in partnership dance while providing the skills, tools and certifications that exist in the ballroom and social dance communities.

The urban arts track offers a critical look at the historical, social and practical application of urban movement practice, scholarship and culture. It builds upon and unites existing series of classes across ASU and is rooted within community-engaged initiatives and programs. Urban arts encompasses urban artistic expression across mediums and is designed for the student interested in melding embodied practice, community social engagement and urban culture.

The program is an inclusive, transdisciplinary degree that encourages students to develop collaborative approaches to learning and professional industry skills in the performing arts. The fabric of this degree is grounded in cultivating community practice through theatre, dance and music. It encourages the student to create a flexible degree program that intersects and engages these areas of interest.

Degree Offered

Performance and Movement (BA)
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Major Map

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Application Requirements

All students are required to meet general university admission 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 or 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
Art, Drama, and Music Teachers, Postsecondary10.8%$64,300
Coaches and Scouts5.9%$30,640
Education Teachers, Postsecondary9.1%$59,720
Entertainers and Performers, Sports and Related Workers, All Other6.8%*
Fitness Trainers and Aerobics Instructors8.4%$34,980
Recreation and Fitness Studies Teachers, Postsecondary10.1%$58,280
Health Specialties Teachers, Postsecondary 19%$90,210
Secondary School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education 5.8%$56,310
Middle School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education 5.9%$54,940
Therapists, All Other 23.6%$55,900

* 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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