Required Core Curriculum

All students will take the following courses:

DNCE 5001 Graduate Technique 2 credits to be taken 4 times
DNCE xxxx Additional Graduate Technique Classes 6 credits
DNCE 5012 Concert Production 1 credit
DNCE 5053 Advanced Composition 3 credits
DNCE 5056 Teaching Seminar 2 credits
DNCE 5064 Music and Dance Seminar  2 credits
DNCE 5601 Alexander Technique 2 credits
THDN 6009 Research Strategies 2 credits
DNCE 5017 Dancing Histories   3 credits
DNCE xxxx Seminar in Dance 6 credits (taken twice with different instructors)
DNCE 6073 Choreography 6 credits (taken twice with different instructors)
DNCE 6969 Graduate Project 4 - 6 credits


  • Minimum dance technique = 14 credits. Four semesters of DNCE 5001 must be taken
  • Independent study is not required but a student may take up to 15 credits maximum with advisor approval
  • Advanced Composition and both Graduate Choreography courses must be completed prior to the concert semester
  • Non-dance electives/secondary emphasis: 6 credits minimum, 9 or more recommended in allied fields
  • Grades lower than B- cannot be applied towards graduation; a 3.0 GPA is needed to graduate
  • Successful completion of a thesis or project approved by the graduate dance faculty committee
  • Classes taken pass/fail cannot count toward the degree

Additional Performance and Choreography Based Courses

DNCE 5038 Repertory 1-3 credits (can be taken up to 6 crs. with different instructors)
DNCE 5023 Performance Improv 2 credits
DNCE 5701 Contact Improv 2 2 credits
DNCE 5261 Advanced Jazz 1 credit (can be taken up to 4 times)
DNCE 5919 Performance Media Tech 2 credits
THTR 5039 Musical Theatre Repertory 3 credits
ARTS 5104 Performance Installation 3 credits
ARSC 5050 Interdisciplinary Performance   3 credits


Pedagogy and Administration Based Courses

DNCE 5015 Movement Analysis 3 credits

DNCE 5016 Creative Dance for Children

DNCE 5036 Methods of Teaching 

3 credits

3 credits

DNCE 6016 Graduate Teaching Lab

DNCE 6056 Professional Development  

2 credits

2 credits

A variety of non-dance electives may be taken to support students’ individual goals. Please see MFA in Dance for a list of courses that have been recommended by previous graduate students.

Secondary Emphasis Guidelines

Students are asked to delineate a secondary area of study designed to give breadth to the student’s training. Through collaboration with the student’s academic advisor, the student’s secondary emphasis should be selected no later than the second semester of study. The program is designed to be responsive to individual areas of interest and to ensure effective preparation for careers in academics and the professional arena. The University setting is particularly well-suited to these broad educational goals, given the wide variety of subjects available for involvement. See MFA in Dance for possible secondary areas of study.

Aerial Dance Track
Courses in the aerial track are offered for those students who have a serious interest in aerial dance and it’s application to dance training, performance and/or teacher certification. Students can work towards certification at Frequent Flyers while simultaneously pursuing their MFA degree. The certification program must be successfully completed before the MFA degree will be awarded.

Somatic Track
Courses in somatics are offered for those students who have a serious interest in somatics and their application to dance training, performance and dance medicine/injury prevention. Students can focus in the Alexander Technique Intensive Study (ATIS) program and/or Body Mind Centering® (BMC), work towards GYROTONIC® and GYROKINESIS® certification, or work toward certification at The Pilates Center in Boulder while simultaneously pursuing their MFA degree.  The certification program or intensive study must be successfully completed before the MFA degree will be awarded.