I was really pleased when my son and I discovered this major.
The Texas A&M Bachelor of Science in Dance Science program looks like this:
* Ballet & Modern Dance Classes-- Dance technique, production, composition, dance history, partnering, improvisation, pedagogy, pilates, dance health and wellness,
* Science & Math Classes-- Biology I, Anatomy I, Anatomy II, Physics I, Math 1 (Finite Math), Math II (Calculus)
* Psychology-- Psychology I, Psychology of Sports and Physical Activity
* Nutrition-- Human Nutrition I, Sports Nutrition
* Kinesiology-- Athletic Injuries, Motor Learning, Exercise Physiology, Computer technology in Kinesiology
Admission into the dance program is by audition, and dance scholarships are available to incoming freshmen.
Right now my DS is wrapping up his 10th grade year in high school, and it seems like a program like this would fit into his career plans. His current plans are:
PLAN A) Continue intensively training with a company-affiliated academy. Move up the ranks to trainee, 2nd company, apprentice, corp, etc. Once graduated from high school, take 1-2 community college or correspondence college courses each semester.
PLAN B ) If injured, burned out with dance, or stop progressing (e.g., can't get hired into a company or hired into corp but can't progress any further), transfer from part-time community college into a four-year university to major in Dance Science. Upon graduation, either become a Physical Trainer or Physical Therapist Assistant or apply to grad school to become a Doctor of Physical Therapy.
The classes in A&M's Dance Science major are pretty well aligned with the prerequisites for PT school, but he would have to also take these pre-requisites that aren't included: Biology II, Physics II, Chem I, Chem II, Statistics.