Office in University Center for the Arts, Room 120
(970) 491-5529
dance.colostate.edu

Professor Jane Slusarski-Harris, Director

CSU offers a rigorous program in classical and contemporary dance education culminating in a B.A. in Dance. The degree requires a total of 120 credits with the following focus: technical training and foundations, performance, composition, pedagogy, professional preparation, theatrical production and design, and academics. In the Dance major, students explore the many possibilities for movement expression, along with creativity and scholarly examination, in a challenging and supportive environment. Dance major and scholarship auditions for prospective students (high school seniors or transfers) are held during Fall and Spring Visit Days. The audition assesses training background, technical level, and the potential to successfully complete the degree program at an advanced and/or pre professional level. To be placed into the Dance major, students should have professional quality dance training in both ballet and modern technique, be at the intermediate technical level, and have the ability to withstand rigorous daily work throughout the year. Other forms of previous dance training are applicable and highly encouraged. For non-majors, enrollment in dance major technique classes depends on space availability, technical level, and suitability, and takes place during the classes of the first week of the semester. All technique classes are accompanied by accomplished musicians in piano, percussion, and a variety of other instruments. Performance, choreographic, and production opportunities take place each semester and students are encouraged to collaborate with other majors in music, theatre, and the visual arts. Visiting guest artists teach master classes and workshops and choreograph for the students on a regular basis. Supervised student teaching experiences are offered with different age groups and in a variety of situations.

Upon graduation, students will have a theoretical and practical foundation in dance. Graduates will achieve an intermediate/advanced level of proficiency in modern and ballet technique and be able to apply this knowledge to the areas of professional performance, choreography, and teaching. They will have a foundation in technical production and design which supports dance and theatrical productions. They will have a working knowledge of anatomy, kinesiology, and various movement theories relating to dance techniques. They will have a solid knowledge and appreciation of the history and philosophy of dance from many cultures and time periods.

Potential Occupations

Dance careers are rigorous and demanding, requiring years of training and discipline. Dance professionals must be versatile with a broad base of experiences in dance or related fields. Dance majors often select a second major such as music, theatre, business, occupational therapy, technical journalism, or exercise and sport science to enhance their job prospects. Experience acquired through extracurricular performances or internships is highly recommended to enhance practical training, development, and career opportunities. Students are encouraged to go on for advanced study at the graduate level in dance in order to secure teaching positions in higher education.

Some examples of the career opportunities in dance include, but are not limited to: professional dancer, professional choreographer, artistic director, university/college faculty, studio owner and faculty, conservatory or school faculty, dance critic, dance therapist, dance somatics specialist, arts manager, lighting designer, costume designer, sound designer, theatre technician, production crew, producer, fashion coordinator, special events coordinator, makeup artist, musical theatre director.

Effective Fall 2015

Freshman
AUCCCredits
CO 150College Composition (GT-CO2)1A3
D 126Dance Improvisation 2
D 226Dance Choreography I 2
D 286Practicum 2
Dance Repertory (see list below) 0-2
Dance Techniques A and B (see list below) 10-16
Arts and Humanities3B3
Biological and Physical Sciences3A3
Mathematics1B3
 Total Credits 32
Sophomore
 
D 324Teaching Creative Movement for Children 2
D 326Dance Choreography II 3
Dance Repertory (see list below) 0-4
Dance Techniques A and B (see list below) 10-16
Select one from the following: 3
Costume Construction for the Theatre  
Stage Management I  
Costume Design I  
Lighting Design for the Theatre I  
Digital Media Design for Live Performance I  
Advanced Writing 23
Biological and Physical Sciences3A4
 Total Credits 28-32
Junior
 
D 427Dance History I4A3
D 486Practicum 1
Dance Repertory (see list below) 0-4
Dance Techniques A and B (see list below) 11-16
Dance Electives (see list below) 2
Arts and Humanities3B3
Historical Perspectives3D3
Social and Behavioral Sciences3C3
 Total Credits 28-32
Senior
 
D 424Ballet Technique Pedagogy 3
D 428Dance History II4A3
D 434Modern Technique Pedagogy 3
D 471Dance Concert4B,4C3
Dance Repertory (see list below) 4
Dance Electives (see list below) 6
Select one of the following courses not taken previously: 3
Costume Construction for the Theatre  
Stage Management I  
Costume Design I  
Lighting Design for the Theatre I  
Digital Media Design for Live Performance I  
Global and Cultural Awareness3E3
 Total Credits 28
 Program Total Credits: 120

Dance Techniques A and B - Required Courses

  • Students are required to audition for both modern and ballet dance technique courses and will be placed in the appropriate levels of technique courses.
  • Students must take a minimum of 42 credits of dance technique, to include:
    • a minimum of six semesters of modern, and
    • a minimum of five semesters of ballet.
  • Dance technique courses may be repeated for credit.
  • At least one dance technique course must be taken during the last three semesters either as a requirement or as an elective.
Select from among the following courses with approval of advisor and written consent of instructors:
Modern
D 121ADance Techniques II: Modern2
D 220ADance Techniques III: Modern2
D 221ADance Techniques IV: Modern2
D 320ADance Techniques V: Modern3
D 321ADance Techniques VI: Modern3
Ballet
D 121BDance Techniques II: Ballet3
D 220BDance Techniques III: Ballet3
D 221BDance Techniques IV: Ballet3
D 320BDance Techniques V: Ballet5
D 321BDance Techniques VI: Ballet5

Dance Repertory Courses

Students must take a minimum of 6 credits of dance repertory courses and may repeat the courses up to nine times.

Select from the following:
D 330Ballet Repertory Ensemble2
D 340Contemporary Repertory Ensemble2

Dance Electives

Students must take a minimum of 8 credits of dance elective courses, after having completed the dance technique required courses and the dance repertory courses.

Select from the following:
D 330Ballet Repertory Ensemble2
D 340Contemporary Repertory Ensemble2
D 420ADance Techniques VII: Modern2
D 420BDance Techniques VII: Ballet2
D 421ADance Techniques VIII: Modern2
D 421BDance Techniques VIII: Ballet2
Freshman
Semester 1CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
CO 150College Composition (GT-CO2)X 1A3
D 126Dance Improvisation   2
Arts and Humanities  3B3
Biological and Physical Sciences  3A3
Dance Techniques A and B (See Department List on Program Requirements Tab) X 5
 Total Credits   16
Semester 2CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
D 226Dance Choreography I   2
D 286Practicum   2
MathematicsX 1B3
Dance Repertory (See Department List on Program Requirements Tab)   0-2
Dance Techniques A and B (See Department List on Program Requirements Tab)X  5-11
 Total Credits   16
Sophomore
Semester 3CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
Select one course from the following:   3
Costume Construction for the Theatre    
Stage Management I    
Costume Design I    
Lighting Design for the Theatre I    
Digital Media Design for Live Performance I    
Biological and Physical Sciences  3A4
Dance Repertory (See Department List on Program Requirements Tab)   0-2
Dance Techniques A and B (See Department List on Program Requirements Tab)X  7-10
 Total Credits   14-17
Semester 4CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
D 324Teaching Creative Movement for Children   2
D 326Dance Choreography II   3
Advanced Writing  23
Dance Repertory (See Department List on Program Requirements Tab)   0-2
Dance Techniques A and B (See Department List on Program Requirements Tab)X  3-6
 Total Credits   14-15
Junior
Semester 5CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
Arts and Humanities  3B3
Historical Perspectives  3D3
Social and Behavioral Sciences  3C3
Dance Repertory (See Department List on Program Requirements Tab)   0-2
Dance Techniques A and B (See Department List on Program Requirements Tab)X  5-7
 Total Credits   15
Semester 6CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
D 427Dance History I  4A3
D 486Practicum   1
Dance Elective (See Department List on Program Requirements Tab)   2
Dance Repertory (See Department List on Program Requirements Tab)X  0-2
Dance Techniques A and B (See Department List on Program Requirements Tab)X  6-9
 Total Credits   13-17
Senior
Semester 7CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
D 424Ballet Technique PedagogyX  3
D 434Modern Technique Pedagogy   3
Select one course from the following:   3
Costume Construction for the Theatre    
Stage Management I    
Costume Design I    
Lighting Design for the Theatre I    
Digital Media Design for Live Performance I    
Dance Elective (See Department List on Program Requirements Tab)   3
Dance Repertory (See Department List on Program Requirements Tab)X  0-2
 Total Credits   14
Semester 8CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
D 428Dance History IIX 4A3
D 471Dance ConcertX 4B,4C3
Global and Cultural AwarenessX 3E3
Dance Elective (See Department List on Program Requirements Tab)X  3
Dance Repertory (See Department List on Program Requirements Tab)X  0-2
The benchmark courses for the 8th semester are the remaining courses in the entire program of study.X   
 Total Credits   14
 Program Total Credits:   120