Dance degrees focus on more than performance

September 6, 2023

Dance degrees focus on more than performance

Theatre with lighting on stage

Ohio State department develops students’ technological skills

Franny Lazarus
Ohio State News

A dance degree means learning how to be an entrepreneur, not just a dancer. That’s a core belief of Charles O. Anderson, chair of the Department of Dance at Ohio State.

“[When it comes to the degree], we say, ‘dance and…’,” he said. “We have not created a Bachelor of Fine Arts program where we are setting up the false idea that after four years of study, you’ll be able to pay your rent. We are trying to create conditions for our students to understand that their core career path may be in dance, but they should also look at the transferable skills that are developed through our curriculum as a way to sustain themselves.”