Dance ISU provides a liberal arts based approach to the study of the theatrical art of dance as a unique discipline within a collaborative, interconnected setting. Critical to a liberal arts education are creative and critical thinking skills, communication skills, collaborative working skills, interdisciplinary connections and cross cultural explorations.
Guided by the conviction that the arts are essential to a healthy community Dance ISU provides students with the basic tools that are necessary to follow an avocational/vocational calling in the field of dance and other related arts. At ISU, we foster a learning environment where students are encouraged to explore the unfamiliar and to take risks without fear of failure.
The Department of Theatre and Dance offers a Bachelor of Arts in Dance with an emphasis in Choreography and Performance, the only degree program in Dance of its kind offered in the state of Idaho. Courses are designed following a contemporary liberal arts model with a focus in Choreography and Performance and supportive coursework in Technique, World Dance, Dance and Performance Theory, Dance Education, Technical Theater, Design, Technology, Music, Science and Arts Administration.
We also offer a Dance Minor. Both the Dance Major and Dance Minor may be taken by any university student. Please follow this link for a complete description of the Major and Minor in Dance.
Careers in Dance
A career in dance requires extraordinary discipline, tenacity, dedication and excellent training. Training in Dance from ISU may lead to professional careers in dance and theater performance and choreography. It may also serve as a basis for graduate study or open up possibilities to job opportunities in fields such as costume and makeup design, light design, set and stage design, sound design, dance history, dance medicine and science, dance and physical therapy, somatic practices, performance studies, dance ethnology, dance arts writing, research and criticism, dance photography and videography.
At ISU, we offer coursework in teaching dance in K-12 settings and as well as provide sound pedagogical and entrepreneurial training for those planning to open their own dance studio or those considering incorporating into a not-for-profit arts organization. Related fields, such as arts administration, arts therapies, production and company management and music also offer positions for the individual trained in dance.