Jane Slusarski-Harris, Professor, has been the director of Dance at Colorado State University since 1988. At CSU, Slusarski-Harris has developed a rigorous curriculum emphasizing versatility in technical and performance training, creative process, and pedagogical practice. She has taught a wide variety of courses (ballet and modern dance technique, improvisation, choreography, dance history, dance pedagogy, dance appreciation, and classical Pilates technique), directed numerous productions, and guided 27 years of students through to graduation. Graduates of the CSU dance program have gone on to a number of professional careers in the field. Students from across the university have taken her classes and participated in dance productions.
Slusarski-Harris has choreographed works for the concert stage, musical theatre, and opera, and danced professionally with IMPACT Dance and The Dance Connection. She has been a guest teacher and choreographer at the Chung-Hwa School of the Arts in Kaohsiung, Taiwan and as a guest teacher at the Ashiya International School Japan Ballet. She has served on the American College Dance Festival Association board of directors and is a member of the National Dance Education Organization and the Colorado Dance Education Organization. Slusarski-Harris coordinated the 1999 ACDA central region conference at CSU and the Colorado Dance Initiative Conference in 2001. In June of 2015, Slusarski-Harris co-directed the Carl A. Bimson Humanities Seminar, “Dance Movement Education: Integrating Comprehensive Skills into The K-12 Curriculum” for K-12 educators at Colorado State University.
She has been highly committed to dance education in the state and throughout the country and has worked in partnership with colleagues to reinstate teacher licensing in dance in Colorado. She served on the statewide committee which gained approval for the first ever dance endorsement in Colorado K-12 schools. She has worked with local school districts and with the City of Fort Collins Lincoln Center in promoting dance master classes and educational opportunities for students in K-12 and higher education.
In 2013, Slusarski-Harris received the College of Liberal Arts Award for Distinction in Advancement. In 2015, Slusarski-Harris was selected as a Legends of Dance in Colorado Honoree by the Carson Brierly Giffin Dance Library at the University of Denver. She received her B.A. from Colorado State University and her M.F.A. from the University of Colorado, Boulder.