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Bachelor of Arts in Dance

Bachelor of Arts in Dance

  • QS World University Rankings
    651-700
  • Degree Other
  • Study Level Bachelors
The primary aim of the Department of Dance is to enrich the lives of majors, non majors, and the Oregon community with diverse dance experiences. Dance is explored as an art form and as one of the humanities in a liberal arts education. Study in dance as an academic discipline integrates inquiry and theory to develop skills in observation, critical thinking, problem solving, and evaluation. In addition to the academic components, dance students experience the rigorous professional discipline that is inherent in studio classes. The department emphasizes modern dance with a strong supporting area in ballet. Students may also study such idioms as ballroom, contact improvisation, hip-hop, jazz, salsa, tango, and tap. The Department of Dance offers curricula leading to Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree. The goal of the department is to provide comprehensive dance training within the liberal arts framework of the university. The serious study of dance involves intellectual, artistic, and physical development. The Department of Dance emphasizes all three areas of growth, a commitment made possible by the breadth of its curricular offerings and the depth of faculty expertise. Facility with oral and written communication is one goal of a liberal arts education. Therefore, dance majors pursue a course of study to acquire a firm intellectual grasp of the theoretical, historical, and creative forces that shape dance as an art form. Dance, unique in that it is also a physical form of communication, requires continual experience in its technical foundations. Students are expected and encouraged to experience a variety of forms of dance training and idioms. Production and pedagogy are also integral to the undergraduate core, because many students find careers in theater and teaching. Goals for the Undergraduate Dance Major: Explore the field of dance from a liberal arts perspective; Explore disciplined technique and creative processes involved in the artistry of dance, Formulate an intellectual understanding of the historical, philosophical, and culturally significant aspects of dance, Develop a working knowledge of music and science as they relate to and enhance the dance experience, Develop an understanding of dance as a unique art form in conjunction with its relationship to other art forms and disciplines, Develop a level of competence in performance, creative, and theoretical aspects of dance to pursue graduate studies or other professional goals. Careers: Career opportunities include performing in regional dance companies and teaching in universities, colleges, community colleges, community centers, fitness centers, and private studios. Business and technical theater management, dance science, dance research, and dance journalism offer alternatives to performance and creative work.