Our Mission Statement

  • To educate, inspire, empower, and motivate our developing artists to achieve excellence in performance, teaching, choreography, advocacy, research, and other dance related fields.
  • Through mindful rigor, provide students with opportunities to transform into holistic dance artists.
  • To foster a community of artists with a focus on individual advocacy, cultural competence, and lifelong learning.
  • To support and increase student engagement within their local, national, and international communities.

Program Description

The Bachelor of Arts in Dance is for developing artists seeking a broad and rich background in both theory and practice.  The degree is designed to foster the skills, understanding, and discipline of our developing dance artists. Our faculty are united in their dedication to teaching each student as an individual. We take pride in keeping our classes small to provide this type of differentiated feedback. Our robust B.A. in Dance curriculum includes intensive training in ballet, modern/contemporary dance, and composition classes through a lens of Cultural Competency and Advocacy; complemented by improvisation, dance history, kinesiology, pedagogy, Hip Hop styles, African American concert dance history, Jazz, conditioning for performing artists, and yoga.  Throughout the year our dance majors have up to seven unique performance opportunities. Based in Mindfulness practices, our nurturing, yet rigorous, environment offers our dance majors many transformative experiences to develop their unique artistry. Our graduating students leave prepared technically and creatively to pursue work in dance and related areas.


Graduates of the Department of Theatre and Dance with a B.A. in Dance will:
• Be competent and reflective practitioners of the art of dance.
• Be capable of living a culturally rich life.
• Be passionate and confident about their work.
• Practice successful collaboration.
• Be intellectually curious and decisive in exploring new modes of expression.
• Have fundamental knowledge of dance history, dance composition, dance technique and theory.
• Perform professional standards of oral and written communication.
• Are intellectually, creatively, technically and technologically prepared to be artistic members of their communities.
• Have a well-rounded education acquired through the studies in general education courses and been involved in multiple High Impact Practices through their degree.


Our program is committed to fostering a full experience for each of our students. We mindfully respect and value students of every race/ethnicity, age, ability, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, socioeconomic status, geography, citizenship status, body type, political view, and religion. Each of our student’s unique experiences, beliefs and values brings an awareness and consciousness that contributes greatly to our community of learners. We are continuously evolving our program, policies, and practices to ensure that all individuals are supported, nurtured, and thriving.

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CSUF Dancers, Choreographers Present At ACDA Baja Regional Conference

Cal State Fullerton dance works were selected out of more than 40 choreographies submitted.

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Fall Dance's   'Momentum'
Showcases Student Dancers,

The O.C Register profiles preparations for 'Fall Dance Theatre: Momentum,' including guest choreographer Yoshita Sakuraba.

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Dance Student’s Greatest Lesson Was The Beauty
Of Imperfection

As a new dance student at Cal State Fullerton, Moises Felix was a perfectionist. But a former dancer changed his mindset for the better.

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Dance Major’s Dreams

Take Flight With
ROTC Commissioning

Dance major Sarah Berlinger was one of 20 CSUF ROTC cadets commissioned as second lieutenants in the U.S. Army spring of 2020. 

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California State University, Fullerton has been accredited by the National Association of Schools of Dance since 1982.
For more information: National Association of Schools of Dance, 11250 Roger Bacon Drive, Suite 21, Reston, VA  20190-5248   |   EmailOpens in new window  • NASD WebsiteOpens in new window

Land Acknowledgement
The  Department of Theatre and Dance acknowledges our presence on the traditional, ancestral and unceded territory of the Gabrielino/Tongva Nation.We pay our respects to the Indigenous land caretakers past, present, and emerging. For more information please visit the  Gabrielino-Tongva Tribe website
We also recognize our debt to enslaved and exploited workers past and present whose labor was and continues to be stolen through unjust practices. 

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