2018-2019 Catalog


Theatre Arts and Dance Program Learning Outcomes

College of Arts and Humanities

Department of Theatre and Dance

BA Theatre Arts

Dance Option

(See Theatre Arts section in University Catalog for the Dance Option Program Description)



Doris Ressl, Chair, Department of Theatre and Dance

Amy Allen

Chair's Office: LCH A-343, (310) 243-3732

Program Office: LCH A-109 (310) 243-3588

Emeritus Faculty

Carol A. Tubbs

Program Description

The Dance Option and Dance Minor offers each student the opportunity to develop creative and technical skills to become leaders in the field of dance as dancers, choreographers, and teachers in studios, private, and public schools.  The Dance Program is multicultural and multi-ethnic by nature and offers a wide range of dance styles and techniques to explore.  Students are encouraged to create, produce, and assess their work in relation to the broad knowledge of dance history and its traditions.

CSUDH Dance Faculty are professional dancers, choreographers, and teachers who offer classes in Ballet, Modern, Jazz, Tap, Hip-Hop, Middle Eastern, African Dance and more.  Students will have the opportunity to participate in master dance classes by nationally known artists and attend the American College Dance Festival.  Classes in Choreography, Dance Production, Dance History, Dance Perceptions, and Dance for Children round out the Dance Program to offer professional experiences to all.


Two large dance studios are available to students.  Both studios are equipped with sprung floors, mirrored walls and the main studio has ballet barres, a grand piano, and audiovisual systems.  Ballet and modern classes have live music accompaniment.  Ample locker and shower facilities are also available.  Dance students have unique opportunities to perform in a fully equipped, modern university theatre.  Two dance concerts are held each year, one in each semester.  There are also opportunities to perform at various campus events help throughout the year.  The dance program is a member of the American College Dance Festival Association.  Students have the opportunity to participate in the ACDFA annual conference and adjudication concerts in the Baja Region.

Academic Advisement

We request that students meet with their respective advisors for consultation.  To obtain an advisor, students should contact the Department's Administrative Coordinator to schedule a first meeting.  Educational goals and previous dance experience will be discussed during the first advisement meeting.  Based on this discussion, the progression of the student's major or minor requirements will be planned. Career opportunities will also be discussed.  Student should bring a copy of his/her transcripts if transferring from a community or 4 year college.


In the Dance Option and Dance Minor, it is strongly suggested that students pursuing a career in dance study ballet, modern and jazz dance techniques.  Also, students should take advantage of all available choreography and performance opportunities and view as many dance performances as possible.  In addition to high school graduation requirements, the student should study art, music, acting, literature, philosophy, and kinesiology.  While attending community college, students should seek choreographic and performance experience in theatre presentations and attend as many dance performances as possible.  Most dance technique courses taken at community colleges in ballet, modern, jazz, tap, and other selected dance styles will transfer to satisfy the lower division requirements for the Dance Option major and Dance minor.

Helpful Hints

  1. Seek advisement regularly.
  2. Take one year of ballet and modern dance before enrolling in choreography.
  3. Study dance technique during the summer months.
  4. Attend as many live dance concerts as possible.
  5. Attend master classes offered at the University.

Career Possibilities

The purpose of the Dance Option is to provide students with a broad-based foundation in dance and to prepare them for auditioning for and performing in dance companies, teaching opportunities in public schools, private dance studios, fitness programs, theatre, television, industrial shows, and working in "the business." The Dance Minor is designed for students who desire to become a performer, choreographer, or teacher. 

Student Organizations

Toro Dance Club - Open to all students interested in dance.  The dance club works to expand the breadth of the dance program by sponsoring master dance classes and performances.

American College Dance Festival Association (ACDFA) - Interested dance students have opportunities to attend the annual conference and participate in the adjudication concerts.  Students will meet students from college dance programs in and out of the Baja Region, take master dance classes, perform in adjudication concerts, receive feedback, and experience dance from other undergraduate and graduate academic institutions.