Alumni

Whether it be through connecting with alumni in your area, serving as an alumni mentor to current students, attending an alumni or campus event, or supporting dance at CSU financially, your participation as alumni is deeply valued.

From the Director

Dance is a passionate and integrated art form, and we are proud to have our current students and also many alumni of our program who embody that dedication on national and international stages. They continue to contribute in significant ways to the advancement of the arts and other disciplines.

Our collaborative approach to dance here at CSU helps to create an experience that in unique and rewarding, and what our alumni identify as their greatest take-away from our program. Much of this collaboration begins with conversations – conversations that involve creative thinking and problem solving and conversations that lead to the physical “thinking and doing” that dancers, as artists and athletes, must do every day. It takes time and dedication to train the body and mind, time to let inspiration develop into an artistic expression.

The importance of dance and the performing arts in our society is undeniable – it is a thriving business providing valuable work for numerous artists and technicians, but it is also acts as a vehicle that moves our society forward by focusing on human interaction and expression. Whether our alumni have gone on to professional dance performance and teaching careers, or found another path since leaving CSU, they have this perspective on the important work they are accomplishing in their worlds today.

As we continue this tradition here at CSU and around the globe, we want to connect with you – our CSU dance alumni. Whether you graduated last year or many years ago, we want to hear your stories and connect with you. Please take some time to learn about what’s going on in the department these days, fill out our alumni survey, send us your Class Notes, and let us know if you plan to visit campus – we’d love to hear from you!

Jane Slusarski-Harris, Director of Dance

Alumni Events

Alumni News

Dance Alumni Spotlight: Denna Thomsen, ‘07

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A day in the life of dancer Denna Thomsen? Recently these have included starting her own dance company in Los Angeles, music videos with today’s top performing artists, and a recent stunning performance on Saturday Night Live. While Denna credits much of the foundation for her success to her time at CSU, she wasn’t sure […]

Dance Alumni Spotlight: Gustavo Vargas ‘97

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Gustavo’s career has lead him to dance, choreograph, and tour with artist such as Jennifer Lopez, Marc Anthony, Madonna, Will Smith, Usher, and more.