2020-2021 Catalog 
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2020-2021 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.


Course ID Title Units
DANC 9   Choreography 3
DANC 10  or Dance Production 1
DANC 10  or Dance Production 2
DANC 11  or Dance Rehearsal and Performance 1
DANC 11   Dance Rehearsal and Performance 2
DANC 12  * or Intermediate Dance Production 1
DANC 14  * Intermediate Dance Rehearsal and Performance 1
DANC 52   or Ballet Dancing Level I 1
DANC 52   Ballet Dancing Level I 1.5
DANC 53  * or Intermediate Ballet 1
DANC 53  * Intermediate Ballet 1.5
DANC 54   or Introduction to Modern Dance 1
DANC 54   Introduction to Modern Dance 1.5
DANC 55   * or Modern Dance Level I 1
DANC 55  * Modern Dance Level I 1.5
DANC 57   or Introduction to Jazz Dancing 1
DANC 57   Introduction to Jazz Dancing 1.5
DANC 58    or Jazz Dancing Level I 1
DANC 58   Jazz Dancing Level I 1.5
DANC 64   History of Dance 3
MUS 20   Music Appreciation 3
  Select from Restricted Electives 5-6



Restricted Electives:  
DANC 8   Dance Pedagogy 3
DANC 15  * or Repertory I 1
DANC 15  * Repertory I 2
DANC 16  * Repertory II 1
DANC 17   Site Specific Performance 1
DANC 18  * Dance Ensemble Performance 2
DANC 19  * Choreography II 3
DANC 28   Yoga for Dancers 1.5
DANC 59  * or Intermediate Jazz Dancing 1
DANC 59  * Intermediate Jazz Dancing 1.5
DANC 60   Introduction to Tap Dancing 1
DANC 61   Tap Dancing Level I 1
DANC 62  * Intermediate Tap Dancing 1
DANC 63   Exercise for Dancers 1
DANC 65   or Introduction to Mat Pilates 1
DANC 65   or Introduction to Mat Pilates 1.5
KNES 65   or Introduction to Mat Pilates 1
KNES 65   Introduction to Mat Pilates 1.5
DANC 66   Introduction to Latin Dance 1
DANC 67  * or Pointe Ballet 1
DANC 67  * Pointe Ballet 1.5
DANC 68   Introduction to Social Dance 1
DANC 69  * Intermediate Social Dance 1
DANC 70  * Intermediate Latin Dance 1
DANC 71  * or Advanced Ballet 1
DANC 71  * Advanced Ballet 1.5
DANC 72  * or Advanced Modern Dance 1
DANC 72   * Advanced Modern Dance 1.5
DANC 73  * Advanced Jazz Dance 1
DANC 74   Multicultural Dance History in the United States 3
DANC 75  * Advanced Tap Dance 1
DANC 78   Hip Hop 1
DANC 79  * Hip Hop Level I 1
DANC 80  * Intermediate Hip Hop 1
DANC 81  * Advanced Hip Hop 1
DANC 82   African Dance I 1
DANC 83   African Dance II 1
ETT 41  * Lighting Design Fundamentals 3
ETT 42   Costume Design 3

*Course has a prerequisite, corequisite, limitation, or recommended preparation; see course description.

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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