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Dance History

The history of the CSU Dance Program begins in the early 20th century. Located in the historic Ammons Hall, dance classes, clubs, and performances were part of the Physical Education Department for Women, headed by Elizabeth Forbes. After Ms. Forbes' retirement, Irmel Fagan became director of the Physical Education Department for Women, taking dance to new heights as an established program until her retirement after 22 years of service at CSU. In 1983, dance joined the music and theatre programs to form the Department of Music, Theatre and Dance, offering a B.A. degree in Performing Arts under the direction of Elizabeth Hetherington. These individuals along with countless faculty, students, and staff members helped to lay the foundation and continuance for dance and women's physical education at CSU and in the larger community. In 2008, the dance program, along with its departmental partners, found its new home in the unique, state-of-the-art facilities at the University Center for the Arts. The University Center for the Arts houses the Irmel Fagan Dance Collection in the Performing Arts Library which contains printed resources from her many years in the field of dance and physical education.