Program Overview

An Associate in Arts degree in Dance from Skyline College provides students with the foundation and skills needed to enter the dance profession or transfer to a dance program at a four-year university. Students improve their level of physical dance technique, performance and expression. Dance majors participate in dance performances every semester which include opportunities for students to choreograph and perform their work. Coursework includes practice and history in multiple dance styles, including ballet, contemporary modern, jazz, hip hop and musical theater.

In order to succeed in the field of Dance, students should be committed to full physical participation in regular technique classes, passionate about expressing themselves and their ideas through movement and performance, in addition to learning about other people and cultural traditions.

Studying dance prepares students to pursue a variety of careers in the arts and education, including dance instruction, critical work, choreography, and professional dance and performance. Individuals educated in dance can work in places like schools, theaters, recreation centers, fitness centers, dance and movie studios and more. Students who wish to teach dance will likely transfer to a four-year institution to gain a teaching certificate, BA, MA, MFA, or PhD in Dance, Theater Arts and Performance Studies, and/or Choreography.

Program Requirements

Required Core Courses: (12 units) Units
DANC 100 Dance Appreciation 3 units
OR
DANC 102 A Survey of Jazz Dance from Streets to Stage 3 units
OR
MUS. 100 Fundamentals of Music 3 units
DANC 121.1 Contemporary Modern Dance I 1 unit
DANC 140.1 Ballet I 1 unit
DANC 140.2 Ballet II 1 unit
DANC 400.1 Dance Performance and Production I 2 units
FITN 335.1 Pilates I 1 unit
DANC 130.1 Jazz Dance I: Lyrical, Pop & Broadway 1 unit
AND
DANC 121.2 Contemporary Modern Dance II 1 unit
AND
DANC 121.3 Contemporary Modern Dance III 1 unit
OR
DANC 130.2 Jazz Dance II – Lyrical, Pop and Broadway 1 unit
AND
DANC 130.3 Jazz Dance III – Lyrical, Pop and Broadway 1 unit
Plus a selection of 6 units from the following: Units
DANC 100 Dance Appreciation 3 units
DANC 102 A Survey of Jazz Dance from Streets to Stage 3 units
DANC 117.1 Tap Dance I 0.5 - 1 units
DANC 117.2 Tap Dance II 0.5 - 1 units
DANC 121.2 Contemporary Modern Dance II 0.5 - 1 units
DANC 121.3 Contemporary Modern Dance III 0.5 - 1 units
DANC 121.4 Contemporary Modern Dance IV 0.5 - 1 units
DANC 130.2 Jazz Dance II – Lyrical, Pop and Broadway 0.5 - 1 units
DANC 130.3 Jazz Dance III – Lyrical, Pop and Broadway 0.5 - 1 units
DANC 130.4 Jazz Dance IV – Lyrical, Pop and Broadway 0.5 - 1 units
DANC 140.3 Ballet III 0.5 - 1 units
DANC 140.4 Ballet IV 0.5 - 1 units
DANC 150.1 Hip Hop I 0.5 - 1 units
DANC 150.2 Hip Hop II 0.5 - 1 units
DANC 151.1 Social Dance I 0.5 - 1 units
DANC 151.2 Social Dance II 0.5 - 1 units
DANC 151.3 Social Dance III 0.5 - 1 units
DANC 151.4 Social Dance IV 0.5 - 1 units
DANC 152.1 Cuban Salsa I 0.5 - 1 units
DANC 152.2 Cuban Salsa II 0.5 - 1 units
DANC 152.3 Cuban Salsa III 0.5 - 1 units
DANC 152.4 Cuban Salsa IV 0.5 - 1 units
DANC 161 Tango Argentino 0.5 - 1 units
DANC 162 Tango Milonga 0.5 - 1 units
DANC 163 Tango Buenos Aires 0.5 - 1 units
DANC 164 Tango De La Confiteria 0.5 - 1 units
DANC 330.1 Creative Dance I 0.5 - 1 units
DANC 330.2 Creative Dance II 0.5 - 1 units
DANC 330.3 Creative Dance III 0.5 - 1 units
DANC 330.4 Creative Dance IV 0.5 - 1 units
DANC 350.1 Cardio Dance I 0.5 - 1 units
DANC 350.2 Cardio Dance II 0.5 - 1 units
DANC 350.3 Cardio Dance III 0.5 - 1 units
DANC 350.4 Cardio Dance IV 0.5 - 1 units
DANC 391 Dance Composition - Theory and Choreography 3 units
DANC 395.1 Dance Workshop I 0.5 - 1 units
DANC 395.2 Dance Workshop II 0.5 - 1 units
DANC 395.3 Dance Workshop III 0.5 - 1 units
DANC 395.4 Dance Workshop IV 0.5 - 1 units
DANC 400.2 Dance Performance and Production II 0.5 - 2 units
DANC 400.3 Dance Performance and Production III 0.5 - 2 units
DANC 400.4 Dance Performance and Production IV 0.5 - 2 units
DANC 410.1 Dance for the Musical Theater Production I 2 units
DANC 410.2 Dance for the Musical Theater Production II 2 units
DANC 410.3 Dance for the Musical Theater Production III 2 units
DANC 410.4 Dance for the Musical Theater Production IV 2 units
DANC 665 * Selected Topics: Dance in Cultural Context 1 - 3 units
DRAM 200 Theory of Acting I 3 units
OR
DRAM 201 Advanced Acting I 3 units
OR
DRAM 202 Advanced Acting II 3 units
OR
DRAM 208 Acting Practicum I (Acting Laboratory) 2 units
OR
DRAM 209 Acting Practicum II (Acting Laboratory) 2 units
KINE 305 Health-Related Fitness and Wellness 3 units
KINE 100 Introduction to Kinesiology 3 units
MUS. 100 Fundamentals of Music 3 units
* Each unit of DANC 665 used toward the degree must be a different topic (e.g. Salsa, Flamenco, Afro/Brazilian).
Total Required Major Units: 18

And required General Education coursework and electives as needed to meet the minimum 60 units required for the Associate degree.

Please refer to the AA/AS Degree Requirements for more information.