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.
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