The department collaborates with practicing professionals in diverse fields and with departments within CCM and the university including the orchestra, symphony, costumes, lighting design and MA/MBA arts administration faculty and students.
The program is designed to expose and inspire, rooting in both traditional and contemporary styles, and approaches to performance and technique leading towards a Bachelors of Fine Arts (BFA) degree for traditional incoming freshmen and a Bachelors of Arts (BA) for current company dancers or retired professionals desiring to complete or earn their bachelors. The degrees are accredited by the National Association of Schools of Dance (NASD).
Emphasizing a mind, body, spirit balance between technical dedication and artistic aesthetic through a holistic approach to health, wellness and fitness. This includes dedicated physical therapists, embedded counselors, and opportunities for students to earn advanced standing for summer activities, study abroad, senior year co-operative internships and international art and cultural travel opportunities. Curriculum includes ballet, pointe, variations, men’s technique, modern, contemporary, jazz, choreography, dance and ballet history, pedagogy, somatics, professional practice, ensemble, repertoire and audition techniques. The department presents two mainstage concerts and one Student Choreographers Concert. Mainstage concerts feature one act and full ballets and original works by faculty and guest choreographers across a wide range of classical, contemporary, dance theater and trending movement styles and aesthetics.