Dance, Associate in Arts

Upon successful completion of the Dance Associate in Arts degree, the student demonstrates skills, knowledge, and training for entry-level career placement and/or advanced degree transfer in dance performance and choreography. A rigorous, disciplined, and innovative two-year curriculum in dance performance is complimented by integrated studies in choreography, dance production, dance history, anthropology and theory, as well as an appreciation for the art of dance. Exploring diverse styles such as modern, classical, jazz, and world dance, the dance program seeks to unlock intuitive potential for kinesthetic artistic expression, and combine it with a powerful, yet flexible set of dance/movement techniques and skills. Additionally, the dance training will contribute to the student's development of people management skills, collaboration strategies, and artistic aesthetic. For any transfer students, academic advising is recommended for selection of courses for specific campuses.

Program Learning Outcomes

  1. Students will demonstrate a working knowledge of production techniques, including backstage, management, and costuming.
  2. Students will compose a dance demonstrating multicultural expression and a strong knowledge of the choreography process.
  3. Students will demonstrate an understanding and appreciation for the principal historical, theoretical, and critical approaches to dance as a performing art.
  4. Students will demonstrate a working knowledge of choreography (theoretical and empirical).
  5. Students will demonstrate the skills required to perform at a proficient level in a variety of dance styles including ballet, jazz, modern.

General Education

Complete one of the following general education patterns:

  • San Joaquin Delta College Associate Degree General Education (AA-GE) pattern (24 units)
  • California State University General Education (CSU-GE) pattern (40 units)
  • Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum - CSU Version (IGETC-CSU) pattern (37 units)

Students are advised to double-count courses in the major or area of emphasis to also satisfy general education when possible. Course subject credit will be awarded in satisfaction of both major/area of emphasis and lower division general education requirements, but the units will only be counted once in computing the total number of units for the degree.

Major Requirements - Core

Complete 20 units

DANCE 003

Choreography

2

DANCE 005A

Dance Production: Repertory Company I

2

DANCE 005B

Dance Production: Repertory Company II

2

DANCE 006A

Ballet I

2

DANCE 006B

Ballet II

2

DANCE 007A

Ballet III

2

DANCE 010A

Modern Dance I

2

DANCE 010B

Modern Dance II

2

DANCE 011A

Modern Dance III

2

DANCE 012A

Jazz Dance I

2

Major Requirements - Restricted Electives

Complete 4 units selected from:

DANCE 004

Choreography

2

DANCE 005C

Dance Production: Repertory Company III

2

DANCE 005D

Dance Production: Repertory Company IV

 

DANCE 007B

Ballet IV

2

DANCE 011B

Modern Dance IV

2

DANCE 012B

Jazz Dance II

2

DANCE 013A

Jazz Dance III

2

DANCE 013B

Jazz Dance IV

2

DANCE 030

Introduction to Dance

2

DANCE 036

Hip Hop

2

Minimum Major Units Required: 24

Complete all courses with a grade of "C" or better.

Minimum Degree Units Required: 60