DANCE LAB: Pre-College Summer Program

Dance Lab is a new pre-college summer program at Colorado State University

The School of Music, Theatre, and Dance invites dancers ages 15-20 to apply for Dance Lab, a college preparatory program taking place in August 2020 on the CSU campus, located at the foot of the Rocky Mountains.

Spend two weeks in an immersive college dance curriculum where you'll receive individualized attention from CSU Dance faculty, mentorship from current CSU Dance majors, and unique insights from guest speakers.

At Dance Lab, you'll advance your understanding of:

  • Classical and Contemporary Dance Techniques
  • Repertoire
  • Theory
  • Reflective Writing
  • Choreography and Composition

At Dance Lab, you'll have the opportunity to:

  • Choreograph your own college audition solo
  • Draft a college entrance essay
  • Attend engaging lectures
  • Expand knowledge and skills
  • Contribute to a collaborative process
  • Showcase your artistry during a final public performance
Sample Schedule

Monday – Friday 

10–11:30 a.m.: Ballet Technique

11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.: Contemporary Technique

1–2 p.m.: Lunch Break (guest lectures on Wednesdays)

2 –4 p.m.: Repertoire

4–5:30 p.m.: Composition

5:30–6 p.m.: Stretch and Share


10–11:30 a.m.: Technique

11:45 a.m. – 1:45 p.m.: Repertoire

1:45–2 p.m.: Stretch and Share

2-3 p.m.: Lunch

3–6 p.m.: Group Activities and Outings


Rest and Relaxation Day

Optional activities may include swimming, yoga, arts and crafts, movies, and possible excursions to Pearl Street Market in Boulder or Denver Art Museum.


Where is the closest airport?

Denver International Airport located at 8500 Pena Blvd., Denver, CO 80249, approximately 70 miles from Colorado State University

How do I travel to and from the airport?

One-way and round-trip shuttle services are available through Groome.

Where are residential students housed?

Residential students are housed at the Best Western University Inn located 0.3 miles from the University Center for the Arts, where daily classes are held. 

Current CSU Dance majors, chosen through a rigorous application process, supervise residential minors throughout the program.

Can a family/friends visit with participants during the program?

No outside guests are permitted at the hotel at any time. Parents/guardians may sign their children out with the RA if they wish to visit during the program.

What about meals?

For residential students, breakfast and lunch are included in the price of room and board. Each evening, dancers will dine as a group at nearby restaurants. Dinners are not included in the cost of room and board and must be purchased by each individual using cash or credit card. Commuter students can choose to bring their own lunch or purchase a lunch package at the time of registration. Commuter students are welcome to join residential students for dinners, but must provide their own payment and transportation.

Where do commuter students park?

Carpooling or drop-off is highly recommended. Free, all day and 2-hour zoned diagonal parking is available around the University Center for the Arts on a first-come-first-served basis. Students who bike to campus may secure their bicycles to the bike-rack using their own lock. Visit the CSU Parking website to purchase daily parking passes. The A lot located at the back of the UCA is open after 4 p.m. and on weekends.

What should I wear?

For ballet technique classes students should wear a solid color leotard over pink or flesh-toned tights with ballet/pointe shoes to match or a solid color t-shirt over full-footed black tights with black ballet shoes. Hair secured in a bun or similar style. For contemporary classes students may add/exchange black tights, leggings or bike shorts to the attire above with bare feet and hair secured back from face.

What happens if I get sick or injured?

It is our goal to keep our dancers as healthy as possible, but in the event of illness or injury, the CSU Health and Medical Center is located 0.3 miles from the University Center for the Arts. If the injury or illness is minor, students can choose to observe daily classes. In the event of serious illness, students will be kept in their rooms with an RA on site.

Are there scholarship opportunities?

At this time there are no scholarships available. We hope to offer scholarships in the future.


Dance Lab Showcase

Participants receive four complimentary tickets by completing the ticket request form in your registration packet. These tickets may be picked up under the participant’s name. Additional tickets ($10/adult) will be available from the box office soon.


August 2-15, 2020
University Center for the Arts
Fort Collins, Colorado

Tuition & Deadlines

  • Tuition: $1,000
  • Application Fee: $30; limited spots available
  • Application Deadline: Feb. 25, 2020
  • Applicants admitted into the program will be notified via email by March 2, 2020
  • Registration packet and tuition payment due April 4, 2020


Housing: $1,000/Resident (includes shared room, breakfast, and lunch); commuter students can add lunch for a fee of $125 paid during the online registration process.

Residential students are housed at our partner hotel, Best Western University Inn, which is conveniently located two blocks from the University Center for the Arts. Resident assistants live at the hotel and accompany minors to all classes and events.

Madeline Jazz Harvey, Dance Lab Director

Madeline Jazz Harvey began her training with the North Carolina Dance Theatre School under the direction of Patricia McBride and Jean Pierre Bonnefoux. She attended summer intensives on full scholarship at Chautauqua Institution, Complexions Contemporary Ballet, and The Juilliard School. She began her professional performance career as an apprentice with NCDT, now Charlotte Ballet, where she performed regularly in works choreographed by Mark Diamond, Dwight Rhoden, and George Balanchine. Harvey also performed as a guest artist with American Repertory Ballet, Olney Ballet Theatre, and Colton Ballet Company of Augusta. At sixteen, she began choreographing and became the recipient of the New York Choreographic Institute Fellowship Award in 2007. Harvey graduated from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, summa cum laude, with a Professional Training Certificate and B.A. in Dance in 2010. Upon graduation, she joined Carolina Ballet Theatre, where she spent five full-time seasons as a principal dancer, and remains a frequent guest artist. She was featured in leading classical and contemporary roles created for her by artistic director Hernan Justo. As a resident choreographer and outreach coordinator, she developed curricula for CBT’s education and community outreach programs, including ShapeX, designed for children with type II diabetes. ShapeX is sponsored by grants from General Electric and the Greenville Health System. Harvey has taught a variety of dance styles including ballet, jazz, pointe, variations, modern, pas de deux, and contemporary. She has served on the faculties of Charlotte Ballet, DanceArts Greenville, Repertory Dance Theatre, and Springfield Ballet Company. Since moving to Fort Collins, she has worked with IMPACT Dance Company, Canyon Concert Ballet, and Contemporary Dance Academy. She was instructor of ballet at the University of South Carolina from 2015 to 2017, where she also served as répétiteur for Shaun Boyle and Bryan Arias. Harvey holds a M.F.A. in choreography from Jacksonville University. She joined the CSU Dance faculty as an assistant professor in Fall 2017.

Judy Bejarano, Instructor and Choreographer

Judy Bejarano teaches improvisation, choreography, and modern technique at CSU. She is also well known for her innovative evening length productions as the artistic director of IMPACT Dance Company, whose performances speak to issues in our everyday lives. She collaborates and creates custom events with area art groups as well as for private events. Bejarano is increasingly interested in redefining the relationship between performer and audience, therefore, IMPACT’s work can be found in nontraditional spaces, from art galleries to airplane hangars. Bejarano is increasingly interested in the use of dance as a collaborative outreach tool and has a long term relationship with the arts programs at Pathways Hospice. The company also has a well established integrated arts outreach program called Every Voice Matters. Bejarano’s work has been selected for many regional and national festivals including National American College Dance Festival, Colorado Choreographers Showcase, and Gala Concert for the National Dance Association Festival. Her topic driven work often uses original text, dance, and projection and continues to be commissioned at the university level and by independent dance, theatre, and music groups. Bejarano, an enthusiastic and demanding instructor, also teaches throughout the region. She received her M.F.A. from C.U. Boulder in dance with an emphasis in choreography.

Matthew Harvey, Instructor and Choreographer

Matthew Harvey began his dance training at the age of nine. He studied at Repertory Dance Theatre in Allentown, Pennsylannia, under the direction of Jennifer Haltzman Tracy and Trinette Singleton. He attended Summer Dance Intensives on scholarship at Joffrey Ballet School and Chautauqua Institution. Harvey danced as a trainee under the artistic direction of Jean Pierre Bonnefoux and Patricia McBride at North Carolina Dance Theatre, now Charlotte Ballet, from 2006 to 2007. He moved to Greenville, South Carolina in 2007 to join Carolina Ballet Theatre. Harvey has been featured as a guest performance artist with Olney Ballet Theatre in Maryland, Marion Ballet Theatre in Florida, Universities of North and South Carolina, and various cities across South America. In addition to dancing, he teaches a variety of dance styles including ballet, jazz, contemporary, and body conditioning. Harvey has been choreographing since 2006, including works for Carolina Ballet Theatre, Dance Spirit Magazine Competition, and the Youth American Grand Prix.

Lisa Morgan, Guest Lecturer

Lisa Morgan has been a faculty member since 2000, teaching modern dance technique, choreography, and teaching methods for children’s dance. She works closely with regional schools, K–12 educators, and state agencies to increase movement experiences for children in public schools. She is on the committee for the revision of the Colorado Dance Academic Standards for the Colorado Department of Education and is part of the initiative to establish teacher licensure for dance in the state. Morgan is co-coordinator of BRAINY (BRinging Arts INtegration to Youth), bringing students from Title I schools to the University Center for the Arts to experience visual and performing arts. She also works with CSU Music Therapy, teaching movement to undergraduate and graduate students, as well as coordinating Moving Through Parkinson’s, a movement therapy program for individuals living with Parkinson’s disease. Morgan was assistant director of IMPACT Dance Company, a contemporary dance company based in Fort Collins, from 1997-2016, and continues as a collaborating artist.