Colorado State University offers a rigorous classical and contemporary dance program culminating in a Bachelor of Arts in Dance. The degree requires a strong physical and mental commitment and an eagerness to learn and improve, and consists of 120 total credits with the following focus areas: 

  • Performance and Technique
  • Choreography and Improvisation
  • Pedagogy and Teaching Methodologies
  • History and Theory
  • Theatrical Production and Design

Our B.A. degree offers intensive training in dance technique and performance, choreography, and pedagogy, designed to prepare students for a variety of dance-related careers after college. Technique classes in classical and contemporary forms are aimed at achieving a high level of performance and artistry. Students have multiple opportunities to apply theoretical knowledge in tangible ways, such as performance of repertoire, supervised teaching, supervised concert direction, and choreography for concerts. Beginning freshman year, students are eligible to perform in our four, annually produced dance concerts. The School of Music, Theatre, and Dance is comprised of esteemed faculty and administrative and production staff, all dedicated to supporting student education in the arts.

Effective Fall 2015

Freshman
AUCCCredits
CO 150College Composition (GT-CO2)1A3
D 126Dance Improvisation 2
D 226Dance Choreography I 2
D 286Performance Practicum 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
Quantitative Reasoning1B3
 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 427History of Non-Western Dance Forms4A3
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 428History of Western Dance Forms4A3
D 434Modern Technique Pedagogy 3
D 471Dance Capstone 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  
Diversity and Global 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: Ballet4
D 321BDance Techniques VI: Ballet4

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 330Dance Repertory Ensemble2
D 340Dance Repertory Outreach2

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 330Dance Repertory Ensemble2
D 340Dance Repertory Outreach2
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 286Performance Practicum   2
Quantitative ReasoningX 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 427History of Non-Western Dance Forms  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 428History of Western Dance FormsX 4A3
D 471Dance Capstone ConcertX 4B,4C3
Diversity and Global 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