Colorado State University offers a rigorous classical and contemporary dance program culminating in a Bachelor of Fine 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.F.A. degree is a professional education program designed to prepare students for careers in dance. Dance students explore the many possibilities for movement expression, along with creative and scholarly examination, in a challenging and supportive environment. Curriculum is focused on classical and contemporary dance performance, choreography, and pedagogy. This holistic approach also includes anatomy and kinesiology, music, production design, and career development. Technique classes in classical and contemporary forms are aimed at achieving an advanced 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 2020

A successful audition is required prior to entrance into the B.F.A. in Dance. A minimum grade of C is required in all dance courses required for this major.

Freshman
AUCCCredits
CO 150College Composition (GT-CO2)1A3
D 126Dance Improvisation 2
D 186Production Practicum 1
D 192Dance First Year Seminar 1
D 220ADance Techniques III: Modern 2
D 220BDance Techniques III: Ballet 3
D 221ADance Techniques IV: Modern 2
D 221BDance Techniques IV: Ballet 3
Select one course from the following:1 2
Music for Dance  
Seminar - The Dancing Body  
TH 2642Lighting Design for the Theatre I 3
Biological and Physical Sciences3A3
Diversity and Global Awareness3E3
Quantitative Reasoning1B3
 Total Credits 31
Sophomore
 
D 220ADance Techniques III: Modern 2
D 220BDance Techniques III: Ballet 3
D 221ADance Techniques IV: Modern 2
D 221BDance Techniques IV: Ballet 3
D 226Dance Choreography I 2
D 286Performance Practicum 1
D 324Teaching Creative Movement for Children 2
D 330Dance Repertory Ensemble 2
D 340Dance Repertory Outreach 2
Select one course from the following:1 2
Music for Dance  
Seminar - The Dancing Body  
Select one course from the following:4A3
History of Non-Western Dance Forms4A 
History of Western Dance Forms4A 
Advanced Writing 23
Biological and Physical Sciences3A4
 Total Credits 31
Junior
 
D 320ADance Techniques V: Modern 3
D 320BDance Techniques V: Ballet 4
D 321ADance Techniques VI: Modern 3
D 321BDance Techniques VI: Ballet 4
D 326Dance Choreography II 3
D 330Dance Repertory Ensemble 2
D 340Dance Repertory Outreach 2
D 392Dance Seminar 1
Select one course from the following:34A3
History of Non-Western Dance Forms4A 
History of Western Dance Forms4A 
Arts and Humanities3B3
Social and Behavioral Sciences3C3
 Total Credits 31
Senior
 
D 420ADance Techniques VII: Modern 2
D 420BDance Techniques VII: Ballet 2
D 421ADance Techniques VIII: Modern 2
D 421BDance Techniques VIII: Ballet 2
D 424Ballet Technique Pedagogy 3
D 434Modern Technique Pedagogy 3
D 471Dance Capstone Concert4B,4C3
D 487Dance Internship 1
Arts and Humanities3B3
Historical Perspectives3D3
Electives 3
 Total Credits 27
 Program Total Credits: 120

To Declare this MajorA successful audition is required prior to entrance into the B.F.A. in Dance.

Distinctive Requirements for Degree Program: A minimum grade of C is required in all dance courses required for this major.

Freshman
FallCriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
D 126Dance ImprovisationX  2
D 186Production PracticumX  1
D 192Dance First Year SeminarX  1
D 220ADance Techniques III: ModernX  2
D 220BDance Techniques III: BalletX  3
Arts and HumanitiesX 3A3
Biological and Physical SciencesX 3B3
 Total Credits   15
SpringCriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
CO 150College Composition (GT-CO2)X 1A3
D 221ADance Techniques IV: ModernX  2
D 221BDance Techniques IV: BalletX  3
D 224 or 292Music for Dance
Seminar - The Dancing Body
X  2
TH 264Lighting Design for the Theatre IX  3
MathematicsX 1B3
 Total Credits   16
Sophomore
FallCriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
D 220ADance Techniques III: ModernX  2
D 220BDance Techniques III: BalletX  3
D 286Performance PracticumX  1
D 330Dance Repertory EnsembleX  2
Advanced Writing X 23
Biological and Physical SciencesX 3A4
 Total Credits   15
SpringCriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
D 221ADance Techniques IV: ModernX  2
D 221BDance Techniques IV: BalletX  3
D 224 or 292Music for Dance
Seminar - The Dancing Body
   2
D 226Dance Choreography I   2
D 324Teaching Creative Movement for ChildrenX  2
D 340Dance Repertory Outreach   2
D 427 or 428History of Non-Western Dance Forms
History of Western Dance Forms
X 4A3
 Total Credits   16
Junior
FallCriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
D 320ADance Techniques V: ModernX  3
D 320BDance Techniques V: BalletX  4
D 326Dance Choreography IIX  3
D 330Dance Repertory EnsembleX  2
Arts and Humanities  3B3
 Total Credits   15
SpringCriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
D 321ADance Techniques VI: ModernX  3
D 321BDance Techniques VI: BalletX  4
D 340Dance Repertory OutreachX  2
D 392Dance SeminarX  1
D 427 or 428History of Non-Western Dance Forms
History of Western Dance Forms
  4A3
Social and Behavioral SciencesX 3C3
 Total Credits   16
Senior
FallCriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
D 420ADance Techniques VII: ModernX  2
D 420BDance Techniques VII: BalletX  2
D 434Modern Technique PedagogyX  3
D 471Dance Capstone Concert  4B,4C3
Historical PerspectivesX 3D3
 Total Credits   13
SpringCriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
D 421ADance Techniques VIII: ModernX  2
D 421BDance Techniques VIII: BalletX  2
D 424Ballet Technique PedagogyX  3
D 487Dance Internship   1
Diversity and Global AwarenessX 3E3
Electives X 3
 Total Credits   14
 Program Total Credits:   120