California State University, Long Beach
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CSULB’s College of the Arts Dance Program Selected
as One of Top 200 Creative Programs in the Nation

The Dance Department at CSULB has been named as one of the top 200 programs in the nation for creative students in Elaina Loveland’s book Creative Colleges: A Guide for Student Actors, Artists, Dancers, Musicians and Writers.

Creative Colleges (the second edition) is a guide that provides college-bound creative students the information and resources necessary for them to pick the right arts programs. Since the search for higher education for artists is very specific, according to Loveland, she researches a variety of art conservatories, liberal arts colleges and universities from across the country to rank and feature in her book.

Housed at CSULB’s College of the Arts, the Dance Department is regularly ranked among the top 10 educational programs in the nation. Its impressive dance facilities include 93,000 square feet of studios and a 250-seat theatre. Because of the professional and personal ties of its experienced faculty, CSULB has been granted permission to restage works by Martha Graham, Paul Taylor, George Balanchine, David Parsons and Twyla Tharp. Permission to restage these great American artists’ works is highly regulated and a privilege for university students.   

“We are honored that Cal State Long Beach’s Dance Department is recommended as a top program by author Elaina Loveland, who has done so much through her writing to provide would-be college art students a roadmap to the many quality programs available to them across the nation,” said department chair Cyrus Parker-Jeannette. “Our Dance Department provides a challenging and exciting training environment and our degree programs are designed to create well-rounded dancers with a deep understanding of the field of dance. We are so pleased with this distinction.”

Creative Colleges offers college-bound creative students step-by-step instructions on how to get into college by providing techniques for auditions, admission essays or artistic statements, artistic resumes and portfolios, the SAT and ACT and financial aid. The book includes profiles of students in each discipline, and answers to frequently asked questions from admissions directors. Tips regarding auditioning and preparing portfolios from real students and faculty are also included, and samples of artist statements, admission essays and artistic resumes.

Loveland's top ranking of the CSULB dance program echoes the overall international recognition the university's College of the Arts has received for decades. The college is the largest and most comprehensive publicly-funded school for the arts in the western United States with more than 4,200 undergraduate and graduate majors. Besides dance, College of the Arts includes the departments of art, design, film and electronic arts, theatre arts and the Cole Conservatory of Music, as well as the University Art Museum, the Carpenter Performing Arts Center, the Center for First Amendment Studies and the California Institute for the Preservation of Jazz.

For more information about Creative Colleges: A Guide for Student Actors, Artists, Dancers, Musicians and Writers, visit www.elainaloveland.