Dance (BFA)

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 the thought that artists of the 21st century need 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
  • movement practices --- the study of the theory, history and technique of a range of dance forms and mind-body practices, including contemporary ballet, postmodern contemporary dance, somatic practices and urban dance practices
  • dance and digital arts
  • dance history, ethnography and philosophy
  • seminars

Degree Offered

Dance (BFA)
Design & the Arts, Herberger Institute for

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Application Requirements

All students are required to meet general university admission requirements.
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Information about this program

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Career Outlook

The comprehensive academic foundation of the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree 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:

  • 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 the areas of health and wellness (fitness, yoga, massage therapy, etc.)
  • work in the field of arts management and administration
  • work in technical theatre and dance production
  • 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, Postsecondary10.8%$64,300
Choreographers6.3%$44,250
Coaches and Scouts5.9%$30,640
Dancers4.8%*
Education Teachers, Postsecondary9.1%$59,720
Fitness Trainers and Aerobics Instructors8.4%$34,980
Recreation and Fitness Studies Teachers, Postsecondary10.1%$58,280
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

* 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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