2018-2019 Catalog 
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2018-2019 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Dance Associate of Arts

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The curriculum in the Dance degree is presented in an active learning environment where students are trained in both dance technique and theory classes to prepare them for future careers in the performing arts and related fields. Courses cover major dance technique forms, choreography, dance production, dance history and somatic practices. Upon completion of the Dance A.A. degree, students will be prepared to transfer to a four-year institution to pursue a baccalaureate or higher degree in dance or a related field; colleges to which they might considering transferring include CSU Dominguez Hills, CSU Los Angeles, SFSU, CSU Sonoma, UC Berkeley, UC Davis, UC Riverside and UC San Diego. Some B.A./B.F.A in Dance programs require an audition; students should check the transfer requirements for individual schools. While a baccalaureate degree is recommended, students completing their Dance A.A. will also be eligible to audition and apply for opportunities in the dance field, including as a performer with professional companies or touring
productions, a teacher at a dance studio, or a choreographer.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

Students who complete this program will be able to:

  • Demonstrate fundamental positions and qualities with body awareness and alignment in rehearsal and/or performance specific to the technique given in class.
  • Perform movement combinations with performance quality, strength, rhythm, balance and flexibility specific to the technique assigned.
  • Accurately apply dance terminology, vocabulary, and concepts through writing, performance and/or various forms of expression.
  • Identify technical support through the staging of choreographic works in a dance performance.
  • Create dances using phrasing, variations, abstraction and other elements of design for a theatrical or informal performance.
  • Describe particular dance forms.
  • Make connections between dance and the arts and humanities to demonstrate knowledge and an appreciation of factors that influenced and helped to mold various dance forms.

Total Units for the Major: 22-27

Restricted Electives:

Associate of Arts Degree

Completion of the required courses in the major and a minimum of 60 units including the general education requirements with an overall GPA of 2.0 qualifies the student for the Associate of Arts degree. A minimum of 12 units must be completed at Saddleback College.

General Education Requirements for Associate Degrees

Refer to the Graduation Requirements  or to the CSU-GE and IGETC patterns in this catalog for specific courses which meet general education requirements. Refer to ASSIST.org and to the transfer institution’s catalog for transfer requirements.

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