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California State University, Long Beach
2012-2013 CSULB University Catalog


Department Information

Interim Chair: Andrew Vaca

Department Office: Dance Center

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

Faculty: Karen Clippinger, Colleen Dunagan, Keith Johnson, Lorin Johnson, Dori Levy, Sophie Monat, Cyrus Parker-Jeannette, Andrew Vaca
Administrative Coordinators: Jeniffer Fuentes-Mishica, Sylvia Rodriguez-Scholz

Career Possibilities

Dancer • Choreographer • Teacher • Dance Company Director • Dance Therapist • Booking Agent • Critic • Performing Arts Administrator • Dance Kinesiologist • Pilates Instructor • Dance/Aerobic Instructor (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 non-major. Performances, master classes and residencies also contribute to the artistic enhancement of the campus and community.

All new undergraduate students enter the major under the BA degree. 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.

Programs at a Glance

  • Bachelor of Arts
    • Dance
    • Dance Science
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts
    • Dance
  • Master of Arts
    • Dance
  • Master of Fine Arts
    • Dance
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