Date of Award


Access Restriction

Campus Access only Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts



School or College

College of Communication and Fine Arts


There is often a divide between the professional concert dance and commercial dance world. There has been much debate on what differentiates these two ends of the professional dance spectrum. At the collegiate level, a dance student is preparing to enter the dance world as a whole. This study aimed to determine the different communication given to students in collegiate level dance classes and environments, that prepare dancers for either the concert or the commercial world. As well as determine what aspects makes a class geared for concert or commercial dance. Observing classes geared toward a career in concert versus commercial dance, the study was able to observe how a specific collegiate level program in Southern California prepares their students for the professional world.