Dance B.S.

(This degree will replace the current BA Theatre with Dance Concentration when approved by the Penn State Faculty Senate. Anticipated start date Fall 2016 - Spring 2017.)

Entrance to the major is achieved by audition and interview with the dance faculty. Video auditions and Internet video interviews can be arranged.

The BS in Dance degree is specially designed as a comprehensive study of all elements of Dance, focusing on elements of active storytelling and shaping of narrative with the body, to serve as a concurrent major with any other area of study. Students are encouraged to consider how their concurrent majors will result in career enhancement, for example kinesiology and dance or education and dance. Students will learn to analyze, create, and influence the narrative in their workplaces and their lives. This program will also emphasize the broadening impact of the arts and humanities for each student as citizens of an increasingly global community. To encourage and support this aspect of the program, students are required to spend a summer or Maymester abroad in programs selected by the head of the program.

Unlike the BFAs in Musical Theatre, Design and Technology, and Acting, this degree is designed to allow and encourage exploration by the student, working closely with their adviser. As a student’s perspectives and career goals may change over the course of their four years at Penn State, this program is flexible in order to support those changes. Equally, unlike the BA in Theatre, which is a liberal arts based program, the BS focuses on courses that enhance the student’s professional aspirations and encourages students to see the “theatricality of the body” in everything they do in their professional lives. Students who successfully complete the program will be prepared to use their skills in presentation, environmental design, analysis, and critical thinking to shape the narrative in every phase of their profession development.
Students in this program will study Ballet, Tap, and Jazz with students from our nationally ranked Musical Theatre. They will also study Contemporary Modern, Dance Science, Somatics, Choreography, and Improvisation. Students will have the opportunity to learn contemporary rep and musical theatre rep in their course of study. We offer two study abroad opportunities, a semester in London and a faculty led program in Ireland affiliated with the Dublin Dance Festival.
Upon leaving the program students are prepared for advance study in dance or a related field such as education, PA, PT, or dance science. Students are also prepared to enter the work force as professional dancers in both the concert and commercial dance arenas.

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