Required Coursework

Technical Training Foundations

  • Modern Dance Training at CSU—Dance majors receive four years of training in modern/contemporary dance techniques, individual expression and performance. In addition to learning various styles of the 20th– 21st century modern techniques, students will explore the contemporary developments of the instructors and excerpts from various repertories. Students have the opportunity to learn and perform modern dance repertoire as a part of the dance concerts held every semester. Students are placed in the appropriate level based on an assessment of their previous training.
  • Classical Ballet Training at CSU—Dance majors receive four years of training in classical ballet including ballet technique, pointe, men’s technique, and classical repertoire. In addition to the technical training curriculum, students have the opportunity to learn and perform classical repertoire as a part of the dance concerts held every semester. Students are placed in the appropriate level based on an assessment of their previous training.
  • Dance Technique—minimum of 42 credits in guided semesters of D120A-321A Modern Dance and D120B-321B Classical Ballet.

Choreography Courses

  • D126 Improvisation—Discovering organic and inventive movement through improvisation including exploring the possibilities the body has for creating uniquely individual movement, exploring imagery, and exploring partner and group work.
  • D226 Choreography I—Exploration of the elements of dance composition including space, time, energy, rhythm, dynamics, form, and style. Developing unique solutions to choreographic problems.
  • D326 Choreography II—Compositional studies in advanced choreographic elements including group work, the use of text, props and other objects, music influences from the 16th– 21st century on choreography, and developing choreographic ideas in non-proscenium theater settings.

Pedagogy Courses

  • D324 Creative Movement for Children with Practicum Teaching—In depth exploration into teaching dance for children in an academic, (Kindergarten-3rd Grade), and studio setting utilizing the Colorado Department of Education Dance Standards. Students will gain practical experience in planning and teaching lessons in the classroom.
  • D424 Ballet Pedagogy with Practicum Teaching—Academic and practical methods of teaching classical ballet technique at the beginning level including syllabus material, planning/construction of lessons and exercises, demonstration/correction, working with an accompanist, etc. Students will plan, prepare and teach classical ballet technique classes to students at the D120B beginning level under teacher supervision.
  • D486 Modern Pedagogy with Practicum Teaching—Academic and practical methods of teaching modern dance technique at the beginning level including syllabus material, planning/construction of lessons and exercises, demonstration/correction, working with an accompanist, etc. Students will plan, prepare and teach modern dance technique classes to students at the D120B beginning level under teacher supervision.
  • The CSU Dance Teachers’ Institute offers additional ongoing classical ballet teacher training outside of the dance major requirement.

Technical Production and Design Courses

  • TH 163, 262, 263, 264, 266—Choose two courses from Stage Management, Costumes, Lighting, and Digital Media Design.
  • D286 Production Practicum—Practical experience on the CSU Dance Concert production running crew including light and sound board operations, video/projection operations, curtain/rail operations, and back stage operations.

Performance Courses

  • D330 Ballet Repertory Ensemble—Learning classical ballet repertoire. Rehearsal and performance of original works for CSU concerts and other engagements.
  • D471 Senior Concert—Culminating capstone course experience for graduating dance majors combining all elements of dance concert production: choreography, rehearsal, performance, publicity/marketing, audience development, management, technical production and design, etc.
  • D491 Tour Dance Company—Development and performance of a touring program throughout Colorado representing a diverse variety of cultural and theatrical dances. Rehearsal and performance of original works for CSU concerts and other engagements.

History

  • D427 Ballet—History of classical ballet to modern times from its origins in the late Middle Ages and the early Renaissance.
  • D428 Modern—History of modern dance and related contemporary dance forms of the 20th century.