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Program Overview

 The dance program is designed to encourage students to explore their artistic and creative qualities while improving and enhancing their technical dance skills.

The program provides an interdisciplinary approach to education, while preparing students for dance-related careers and for graduate studies.

We offer a broad spectrum of both traditional technique classes as well world dance forms such as African, Middle Eastern and Mexican Folklorico dance. The program encourages students to expand their knowledge and appreciation of the technical, artistic and intellectual sides of dance. 

Dance Program Student Learning Outcomes:

1. Evaluate basic knowledge of dance from the historical, social and cultural contexts by using specific dance vocabulary.

2. Execute basic dance technique skills.

3. Demonstrate a basic knowledge of the body from anatomical and/or somatic perspectives.

4. Demonstrate knowledge of compositional craft for choreography.

5. Identify necessary components of dance production.

The Degrees

B.A. In Dance Studies (Interdisciplinary Studies)

Majors must be able to place in DANC 310, DANC 320 and DANC 330 to complete degree. Lower levels of these courses taken remedially count as dance electives.  It is highly recommended that majors take a dance technique class every semester: One repeat of each of the following may count as a Dance/Movement elective. “T” courses offer 1 unit opportunities to maintain technical and artistic performance skills. Majors must complete their course of study with a C or better in each course.

Core Courses (31 units)
  • DANCE 104  (3)  Modern II
  • DANCE 303  (3)   Dance in World Cultures
  • DANCE 310  (2)  Ballet II
  • DANCE 320  (2)   Jazz II
  • DANCE 330  (3)   Modern III
  • DANCE 350  (3)   Dance Science
  • DANCE 389  (3)   Choreography Workshop
  • DANCE 485  (3)   Interdisciplinary Dance Seminar
  • DANCE 489  (4)   Dance Production

 With faculty advising, take one of the following music courses:

  • MUS  104  (3)   Intro to Music 

- or -

  • MUS  110  (3)  Music Fundamentals

 Take two of the following: 

  • DANCE 240  (1)  African Dance
  • DANCE 243  (1)  Tap Dance
  • DANCE 245  (1)   Middle Eastern Dance
  • DANCE 247  (1)   Mexican Folklorico Dance

Dance Movement Electives

(9 units minimum)

  • DANCE 103  (3)   Modern I
  • DANCE 103T  (1)   Modern I Skills Maintenance
  • DANCE 104  (3)   Modern II
  • DANCE 104T  (1)   Modern II Skills Maintenance
  • DANCE 110  (2)   Ballet I
  • DANCE 110T  (1)   Ballet I Skills Maintenance
  • DANCE 120  (2)   Jazz I
  • DANCE 120T  (1)   Jazz I Skills Maintenance
  • DANCE 240  (1)   African Dance
  • DANCE 243  (1)   Tap Dance
  • DANCE 245  (1)   Middle Eastern Dance
  • DANCE 247  (1)   Mexican Folklorico Dance
  • DANCE 310  (2)   Ballet II
  • DANCE 310T  (1)   Ballet II Skills Maintenance
  • DANCE 320  (2)  Jazz II
  • DANCE 320T  (1)  Jazz II Skills Maintenance
  • DANCE 330  (3)   Modern III
  • DANCE 330T  (1)   Modern III Skills Maintenance
  • DANCE 400  (3)   Bodyworks
  • DANCE 484  (3)  Creative Dance for the Classroom
  • DANCE 488  (1-4)  Dance Performance Ensemble
  • DANCE 489  (4)   Dance Production
  • DANCE 499  (1-4)  Directed Study
  • KINS  313  (2)   Concepts of Teaching Dance
  • PE 192  (1)   Latin Dance
  • PE 194  (1)   Social Dance
  • PE 196  (1)   Swing Dance

Approved Electives- Interdisciplinary

(10 unit minimum; 6 units must be Upper division)

Group 1:  Design and Production for Dance

Choose ONE course

  • TA 137  (4)  Production Techniques
  • TA 333  (4)  Lighting Design Stage and Screen
  • TA 336  (4)   Costume Design Stage and Screen

Take TWO courses from EITHER Group 2 or Group 3

Group 2: Dance/Art for Self, Society and Culture (6 units minimum)

  • ART 104I  (3)   20th Century Art
  • ART 104J  (3)   American Art
  • ART 104K  (3)  Africa, Oceania, The Americas
  • ART 104M  (3)   Latin American Art
  • ART 104N  (3)   Asian Art
  • ART 303  (3)   Global Contemporary Art
  • MUS 302  (3)   Music in World Culture
  • NAS 302  (3)   Oral Literature and Oral Tradition
  • PHIL 301  (3)   Reflections on the Arts
  • PHIL 309B  (3)   Perspectives: Humanities/Science/Social Science
  • RS 300  (3)   Living Myths
  • RS 362  (3)   Wisdom and Craft
  • TA 104  (4)   Story Through Word and Image
  • TA 307  (3)   Theater of the Oppressed

-  OR -

Group 3: Dance Education (6 units minimum)

  • CD 209  (3)   Middle Childhood Development
  • CD 255  (3)   Early Childhood Development
  • CD 350  (3)  Perspectives: Life Span Development
  • DANC 484  (3)   Creative Dance for the Classroom
  • KINS 313  (2)   Concepts of Teaching Dance
  • KINS 475  (3)   Elementary Education/PE
  • KINS 484  (3)   Motor Development/Learning
  • REC 210  (3)   Recreation Leadership
  • REC 320  (3)   Organization, Administration and Planning
  • WS 350  (4)   Health and Body Politics

Dance Minor  (Total: Minimum 18 units)

Required Units (9):

  • DANC 104  (3)   Modern II
  • DANC 303  (3)   Dance in World Cultures
  • DANC 389  (3)   Choreography Workshop

Elective Units (minimum 9 units)

  • DANCE 103  (3)   Modern I
  • DANCE 103T  (1)   Modern I Skills Maintenance
  • DANCE 104  (3)   Modern II
  • DANCE 104T  (1)   Modern II Skills Maintenance
  • DANCE 110  (2)   Ballet I
  • DANCE 110T  (1)   Ballet I Skills Maintenance
  • DANCE 120  (2)   Jazz I
  • DANCE 120T  (1)   Jazz I Skills Maintenance
  • DANCE 240  (1)   African Dance
  • DANCE 243  (1)   Tap Dance
  • DANCE 245  (1)   Middle Eastern Dance
  • DANCE 247  (1)   Mexican Folklorico Dance
  • DANCE 310  (2)   Ballet II
  • DANCE 310T  (1)   Ballet II Skills Maintenance
  • DANCE 320  (2)  Jazz II
  • DANCE 320T  (1)  Jazz II Skills Maintenance
  • DANCE 330  (3)   Modern III
  • DANCE 330T  (1)   Modern III Skills Maintenance
  • DANCE 400  (3)   Bodyworks
  • DANCE 484  (3)  Creative Dance for the Classroom
  • DANCE 488  (1-4)  Dance Performance Ensemble
  • DANCE 489  (4)   Dance Production
  • DANCE 499  (1-4)  Directed Study
  • KINS  313  (2)   Concepts of Teaching Dance
  • PE 192  (1)   Latin Dance
  • PE 194  (1)   Social Dance
  • PE 196  (1)   Swing Dance

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Double Major

Want to double major?

Many students like to combine a dance major with a second major which gives students greater career opportunities upon graduation. With careful planning, it is possible for a student to graduate in four years with a double major.

Several of our required classes double-count as GE requirements:

  • DANC 103, 104  Area C lower division
  • DANC 303     Area C upper division and DCG – non-domestic
  • DANC 400 (prior to fall 18)  Area E upper division

Interdisciplinary electives allow for many courses in the second major to double count on the Dance degree. 

Here are a few easily facilitated double majors that are applicable to career success and currently popular our students:

  • Dance and Kinesiology
  • Dance and Theater
  • Dance and Child Development
  • Dance and Elementary Education
  • Dance and Recreation
  • Dance and Psychology 

Dance Careers and Marketable Skills

Majoring in dance can lead to dance careers as:

  • Artistic director
  • Performer in a company or commercial/amusement venues
  • Choreographer
  • Studio Manager/owner
  • Dance teacher
  • Dance Critic or Historian
  • Roles in production
  • Company management
  • Arts advocacy
  • Event coordinator

Marketable skills obtained include:

  • Teamwork
  • Collaboration
  • Creativity
  • Artistic expression
  • Leadership
  • Hands-on problem-solving
  • Teaching skills
  • Written, verbal, and non-verbal communication skills
  • Knowledge of cultural history and events
  • Working with diverse populations
  • People management
  • Time management