Department of Human Performance and Sport
Dance Individualized Degree Program
The Dance Major- IDP is offered through the Center for Individualized Learning at MSU Denver in collaboration with the Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Studio. This program allows students to combine courses from departments across the University that reflect their specific educational goals and interests.
Cleo Parker Robinson Dance is recognized worldwide for their dynamic and engaging cross-cultural curriculum, innovative choreography and promotion of American dance heritage. MSU Denver designs every program, every course, for our changing world. Students attend for an important reason—lifelong success. Combining the mission, talent, and resources of these two organizations allows for a true marriage of theory and practice, where the two are not separate, distinct entities, but inform one another. The focus on individualized, high-level experiential learning, both in management and artistic realms, is unique amongst other dance programs.
The dance curriculum includes coursework in modern, jazz, ballet, hip hop, world dance forms, world dance history and culture, community-based dance practices, somatics, pedagogy, improvisation, choreography, contemporary dance and interdisciplinary performance, movement analysis, dance production and arts administration. All students will participate in individualized field experience projects throughout the Denver Metro Area.
Students will select one of the below focus areas in consultation with a faculty advisor:
- Social Transformation/World Dance and Culture
- Dance Pedagogy
- Dance Administration
- Performance and/or Choreography
All students in this program must work with an IDP advisor as well as a faculty advisor and will develop an IDP proposal for approval of their course of study.
Faculty Liaisons from Human Performance and Sport: