State of Momentum: Degree Overview
The Colorado State University School of Music, Theatre, and Dance offers a rigorous program in classical and contemporary dance education culminating in a B.A. in Dance. The CSU dance program requires a strong physical and mental commitment and an eagerness to learn and improve. The degree requires a total of 120 credits with the following focus:
- Performance, Theatrical Production and Design
- Technique and Foundations
- Choreography and Improvisation
- Pedagogy and Teaching Methodologies
- History and Theory
Daily training in ballet and modern dance technique is required and is the foundation for success. In addition to a strong technical foundation, the dance curriculum requires experiential coursework in choreography and improvisation, teacher training, technical production and design, dance history, and kinesiology. The standard CSU curriculum requirements provide students with the opportunity to round out their Bachelor of Arts in Dance. Performance emphases focus on classical and contemporary dance and include the Ballet Repertory Ensemble and the Tour Dance Company. For the capstone course, students must complete the senior dance concert in which they apply previous and current learning to fully produce a dance concert featuring their choreography, performance, design, and overall management of the event. All technique classes are accompanied by accomplished musicians in piano, percussion, and a variety of other instruments.