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Columbus State adds dance minor, envisions major program with own department

Columbus State University students will be able to minor in dance, starting in the fall 2016 semester.

CSU announced the additional program Wednesday.

The dance minor will begin in the CSU Department of Theatre, but department chairman Larry Dooley told the Ledger-Enquirer, "It may become its own major and its own department some day."

That's if the interest that sparked the program comes to fruition and continues to grow.

"I wouldn't be surprised if we had, very quickly, more than 100 dance minors," Dooley said.

Many of CSU's 165 theater majors, as well as other students, have been requesting the dance program, he said. Several courses in ballet, jazz, tap and modern dance at different levels have been approved, but the courses offered from semester to semester will vary, Dooley said.

CSU is conducting a search to fill what will be the program's lone full-time faculty position, the Vicki Jiles Flanagan Distinguished Chair in Dance, and fundraising beyond that endowment will help pay for one or two adjunct instructors, Dooley said.

"The addition of dance to our curriculum broadens the opportunities for students to receive training in the arts while enhancing the complexity and quality of our musical theatre productions," Richard Baxter, dean of CSU's College of the Arts, said in a news release. "This program adds to the vibrancy of the College of the Arts, and our faculty and students are most appreciative of the donors who made this possible."

Mark Rice, 706-576-6272. Follow him on Twitter@MarkRiceLE.

IF YOU GO

What: Columbus State University's Spring Swing, a party featuring the 10:30 Band, to help fund the addition of a dance minor program.

When: April 29 at 7 p.m.

Where: Woodruff Park, 1000 Bay Ave., in downtown Columbus.

Tickets: $10 at the gate or at the Springer Opera House box office, 706-327-3688.

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