May 18, 2024  
2019-2020 Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog 
2019-2020 Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]


Department Chair: Betsy Cooper

Department Office: Dance Center

Telephone / FAX: (562) 985‑4747 / (562) 985-7896

Faculty: Rebecca Bryant, Betsy Cooper, Colleen Dunagan, Keith Johnson, Rebecca Lemme, Lorin Johnson, Julie Medina, Sophie Monat, Andrew Vaca, Brooke Winder

Administrative Coordinators: Jeniffer Mishica, Sylvia Rodriguez-Scholz

Career Possibilities

Dancer • Choreographer • Dance Educator • Dance Company Director • Dance/Movement Therapist • Dance Studio Director • Critic • Performing Arts Administrator • Physical Therapist • Pilates Instructor • Allied Health Practitioner

(Some of these, and other careers, require additional education or experience. For more information, see


The Department of Dance is a rigorous program that provides training in dance with a strong foundation in modern and ballet technique and choreography. Physical practice interfaces with theoretical study, placing dance in a historical, pedagogical, scientific, and cultural context. The  Department also provides opportunities for the general university student through courses for the nonmajor. Performances, master classes and residencies also contribute to the artistic enhancement of the campus and community.

All new undergraduate students begin the major taking the BA degree core curriculum. A separate audition for entrance into the BFA degree is required when students have completed specific coursework and have achieved required levels of competency. Entrance to the major or minor in dance is by audition. Applicants may download audition information from the web or may contact the Department of Dance Office. Non-major classes are open to all students and do not require any audition.

The Department of Dance is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Dance. Due to accreditation standards, new transfer students are expected to have trained in both ballet and modern dance technique each semester of their community college preparatory years in order to achieve the technical proficiency required for graduation.


    Undergraduate DegreesGraduate and Professional DegreesMinor


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