Performance and Movement, BA

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The BA in performance and movement is an inclusive, transdisciplinary degree program that encourages students to develop both collaborative approaches to learning and professional industry skills in the performing arts. This program is grounded in cultivating community practice through theatre, dance and music.

The bachelor's degree program is located within the ecosystem of Phoenix, the sixth largest urban center in the United States, and enables students to understand, deconstruct and uplift diverse artistic modes across media and encourages the student to create a flexible degree program that intersects and engages these areas of interest. This degree program offers a number of focus areas: dance and theatre, music theatre, social and partnership dance, and urban arts.

Dance and theatre --- The dance and theatre focus area 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.

Social and partnership dance --- The social and partnership dance focus area is an innovative program that allows students to explore multiple styles and approaches in social and partnership dance both in formal classroom study and informal student-centered community events. The focus area seeks to prepare future Latin social and ballroom dance leaders with pedagogical, performance and community-building strategies to support the need for serving local and national community engagement in social dance as a means to create social transformation and change.

Urban arts --- The urban arts focus area is designed for the student interested in melding intersectional embodied practice, social justice and urban arts culture by offering a critical look at the historical, social and practical application of urban arts scholarship and culture. The program focus spans various forms of urban artistry and expression through thought-provoking, in-studio courses and hands-on practical application and connects students with scholars and urban arts practitioners to embrace the interdisciplinary nature of urban arts: dance, music, visual and voice.

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Performance and Movement, BA

Plan of study

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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
Actors 11.6%*
Art, Drama, and Music Teachers, Postsecondary 12%$66,930
Education Teachers, Postsecondary 10.3%$64,020
Entertainers and Performers, Sports and Related Workers, All Other8.1%*
Fitness Trainers and Aerobics Instructors 10.1%$39,210
Health Specialties Teachers, Postsecondary 25.9%$97,870
Secondary School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education7.5%$59,170
Middle School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education7.5%$57,720

* 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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