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Associate of Arts Degree
Dance

The Associate of Arts Degree in Dance is a comprehensive two-year program promoting both high artistic and technical standards. The degree fulfills the needs of students seeking professions in dance as performers, choreographers, and/or dance educators and provides training for careers and employment in the performing arts, education, choreography, movement therapy, studio and arts management, arts consultancy, dance criticism, fitness, and community dance programs. An integral part of the AA in Dance is to prepare students for matriculation into Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Fine Arts program at a four-year college or university. See admission requirements of individual colleges and universities and transfer requirements for specific majors.

Dance students will be supported by a Student Success Team in the Arts Area of Interest. Please contact the Student Success Team for this program if you have any questions.

Sample Education Plan

This sample education plan represents one possible pathway through the program. Be advised that each university (UC, CSU, private, and others) has their own transfer requirements. Please see a counselor to create an education plan that is customized to meet your needs. Map is for reference only for the 2020-2021 catalog year. Please refer to the College Catalog (in pdf or flipbook format) for additional course descriptions.
Select sample path/map:
CourseUnitsTypically Offered
1st Semester
Major ElectiveM1.0
Notes:
See major sheet for major elective options; 4 units are required with no more than 3 units from a single category.

Please see a counselor to discuss course options.

DANC 114 - Conditioning and Alignment for the Dancer (RHC GE 3)M1.0
DANC 114 - Conditioning and Alignment for the Dancer (1.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: UC, CSU

This course is designed to provide the physical training and preparation for students interested in dance, yoga, Pilates, and athletics, and is suitable for individuals seeking to move with greater efficiency and less pain in everyday activities. Students learn how to move safely and effectively while developing strength, flexibility, proper alignment, agility, balance, and coordination. Coursework is designed for those who want to work at a more deliberate pace and in a non-competitive atmosphere, or who are recovering from prior injury.

DANC 153 - Ballet I (RHC GE 3)M1.0
DANC 153 - Ballet I (1.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: UC, CSU

This introductory course is designed for students who seek technical skill in classical ballet. The course will focus on functional body alignment and placement, traditional steps and combinations, musicality, ballet terminology, and the development of strength and flexibility. Students also gain knowledge of classical and contemporary ballet history. This course may be taken once and repeated three times for credit.

Select one: DANC 179 / DANC 179H (RHC GE 7A)M3.0
DANC 179 - Dance History (3.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement: READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: UC, CSU

This survey course investigates the forces which and figures who have shaped dance through history. Through readings, films, research, and class discussions, students study dance forms from ancient to contemporary times, paying particular attention to Western concert dance. Comparisons of various dance techniques, theories, and personalities are conducted through dance movement analysis. This course is designed for students seeking to broaden their understanding of dance while fulfilling their general education arts requirement, and for dance majors pursuing an Associate of Arts Degree in Dance or Certificate of Achievement in Dance.

DANC 179H - Dance History Honors (3.0 units)

Prerequisite:ENGL 101 or appropriate placement
Advisory:READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to:UC, CSU

This survey course investigates the forces which and figures who have shaped dance through history. Through readings, films, research, and class discussions, students study dance forms from ancient to contemporary times, paying particular attention to Western concert dance. Comparisons of various dance techniques, theories, and personalities are conducted through dance movement analysis. This course is designed for students seeking to broaden their understanding of dance while fulfilling their general education arts requirement, and for dance majors pursuing an Associate of Arts Degree in Dance or Certificate of Achievement in Dance. The course is intended for students who meet Honors Program requirements.

ENGL 101 - College Composition and ResearchGE3.5
ENGL 101 - College Composition and Research (3.5 units)

Prerequisite: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: UC, CSU

This is a composition course that enables students to generate logical, coherent essays and reports necessary to academic and professional success. Students will become proficient in research techniques, learn critical reading and thinking skills through expository and persuasive reading selections, and apply these skills to creating original essays and a final research paper. The lab component of this course is designed to assist students in improving and refining their writing and language skills. Students will complete lab activities that enhance their ability to compose logical, well-supported arguments that exhibit grammatical fluency and correct documentation form. Students will meet with composition instructors through individual conferences that address students’ specific writing concerns. This course is designed for students who wish to fulfill the General Education requirement for Written Communication.

RHC GE 4 - American InstitutionsGE3.0

Note: All honors courses have a prerequisite.

Select one:
POLS 110, 110H;
HIST 143, 143H, 144, 144H, 156, 157, 158, 159, 159H, 170

Total Semester Units:12.5 
2nd Semester
DANC 159 - Choreography IM3.0
DANC 159 - Choreography I (3.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement; DANC 151
Transfers to: UC, CSU

This introductory course focuses on the art and craft of dance composition. Through lecture and activity, students learn how to incorporate the elements of dance in order to create meaningful dance works. Basic elements of choreography—including form, design, motivation, phrasing, gesture, rhythm, dynamics, musical accompaniment, and production basics—are explored through improvisational exercises and experimentation. Additionally, students learn to analyze dance critically through Laban movement analysis (LMA). The class culminates in the presentation of student choreography.

DANC 151 - Modern Dance IM1.0
DANC 151 - Modern Dance I (1.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: UC, CSU

This studio course offers beginning modern dancers an introduction to the fundamental principles of modern dance. The course emphasizes an awareness of breath and gravity, skeletal alignment, and core strength; and investigates kinesthetic and spatial awareness. Modern dance technique, improvisational exercises, and choreographic phrases provide physical, mental, and creative exploration for beginner students, students preparing for transfer, and students seeking careers in dance. This course is a requirement for the Associate of Arts Degree in Dance and the Certificate of Achievement in Dance. The course may be taken once and repeated three times for credit.

Major ElectiveM1.0
Notes:
See major sheet for major elective options; 4 units are required with no more than 3 units from a single category.

Please see a counselor to discuss course options.

RHC GE 2 - Math CompetencyGE3.0†

† some classes may have higher units.
Select one:
Math 060 (F09), 062, 070 (F09), 070D, 072 (F10), 073, or 073B with a 'C' or better or higher level quantitative reasoning course or
Score of 3 or better on AP Calculus AB or BC or AP Statistics or RHC Proficiency Exam (Available in the MSCS-300) or
Score of 50 or higher on CLEP Calculus, College Algebra-Trig, or Trigonometry exam.

Note: Students intending to transfer should begin at transfer level math. Transfer math courses are numbered 100+. Please meet with a counselor to discuss course options.

RHC GE 5 - Natural Science with LabGE4.0

Note: All honors courses have a prerequisite.

Select one Natural Science with Lab:
ANTH 101, 101H & 101L;
ASTR 110, 110H & 112;
BIOL 101, 105 & 105L, 111 & 111L, 112, 120 & 120L;
BIOT 100;
CHEM 110, 120, 130;
GEOG 101 & 101L;
GEOL 150 & 151;
PHY 120, 150, 160, 211, 212, 213

ElectiveEL3.0

Select any course that is numbered 40 or above. Please see a counselor to discuss course options.

Total Semester Units:15.0† 
Summer 1
ElectiveEL3.0

Select any course that is numbered 40 or above. Please see a counselor to discuss course options.

ElectiveEL3.0

Select any course that is numbered 40 or above. Please see a counselor to discuss course options.

Total Semester Units:6.0 
3rd Semester
DANC 253 - Ballet IIM1.0
DANC 253 - Ballet II (1.0 units)

Prerequisite: DANC 153
Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: UC, CSU

This intermediate-level course is designed for students who want to further develop technical and performance skills acquired in Ballet I. The class includes more advanced technique work at the barre, across the floor, and in-center floor combinations. Complex adagio and allegro dance sequences are also introduced. Students have the opportunity to perform in an informal showing or concert setting. This course may be taken once and repeated three times for credit.

Select one: DANC 152 / DANC 162 *M3.0
DANC 152 - Dance Rehearsal and Performance (3.0 units)

Corequisite: DANC 180
Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement; DANC 151;
Transfers to: UC, CSU

This introductory course provides experience and laboratory exploration in all aspects of dance rehearsal performance for beginner level students. Students have the opportunity to perform in an evening-length dance concert, work with faculty choreographers and guest artists, and participate as a member of a touring dance ensemble. Students contribute as dancers and rehearsal assistants under the supervision and guidance of faculty choreographers. Productions will be presented for public performance on and off campus.

DANC 162 - Dance Production (3.0 units)

Corequisite: DANC 180
Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement; DANC 151; DANC 159; DANC 251
Transfers to: UC, CSU

This introductory course focuses on the technical aspects of dance production and is designed for beginner-level dance students. Topics of exploration include basic staging, costume design, set design, make-up, lighting, sound production, and publicity. Productions are presented for public performance on and/or off campus.

Major ElectiveM1.0
Notes:
See major sheet for major elective options; 4 units are required with no more than 3 units from a single category.

Please see a counselor to discuss course options.

DANC 180 - PerformanceM1.0
DANC 180 - Performance (1.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement; DANC 151; DANC 159; DANC 251
Corequisite:DANC 152 or DANC 162 or DANC 172 or DANC 182
Transfers to: UC, CSU

This course provides dance students the opportunity to participate in dance productions. Productions will be presented for public performance either on or off campus. Students will learn how to adjust a performance for presentation on a stage. Pre-performance and post-performance responsibilities will be outlined. In addition, students will be exposed to basic stage direction and techniques for overcoming stage fright. This course may be repeated for a maximum of 4 units in different semesters.

RHC GE 8b - Communication/Analytical ThinkingGE3.0†

Notes:
All honors courses have a prerequisite.
† some classes may have higher units.

Select one:
CIT 101, 125, 135;
ENGL 125, 201, 201H;
FIN 101;
LIB 101;
MATH 130, 130H, 140, 150, 160, 170, 175, 180, 190, 190H, 191, 250, 260, 270;
PHIL 110, 110H, 112, 112H, 115;
PSY 190;
SPCH 100, 101, 101H, 140;
READ 101;
VOCB 101

RHC GE 7b - HumanitiesGE3.0†

Notes:
All honors courses have a prerequisite.
† some classes may have higher units. 

Select one:
ASL 101, 124, 201, 202;
CHIN 101, 102;
CHST 146;
ENGL 126, 131;
FR 101, 102, 201, 202;
HIST 101, 102, 122, 131, 143, 143H, 144, 144H, 156, 157, 158, 159, 159H, 167, 170;
HUM 110, 111, 125, 125H, 130, 140;
JAPN 101, 102;
LATN 101, 102;
LIT 102, 102H, 112A, 112AH, 112B, 112BH, 114, 114H, 117, 117H, 130, 130H,140, 140H, 141, 142, 142H, 144A, 144B, 145, 145H, 146A, 146AH, 146B, 146BH, 147, 147H, 148, 149;
MSCM 128;
PHIL 101, 101H, 120, 124, 126, 128, 128H, 135, 140;
SPAN 101, 101S, 102, 102S, 201, 201H, 202;
SPCH 130, 132;
POLS 128, 128H

ElectiveEL3.0

Select any course that is numbered 40 or above. Please see a counselor to discuss course options.

Total Semester Units:15.0† 
4th Semester
DANC 251 - Modern Dance IIM1.0
DANC 251 - Modern Dance II (1.0 units)

Prerequisite: DANC 151
Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: UC, CSU

This studio course offers intermediate modern dancers an opportunity to deepen and strengthen fundamental skills acquired in Modern Dance I. While continuing to develop proper alignment and modern dance technique, the intermediate student learns to perform combinations while shifting spatial orientation and integrating improvisation as required in auditions. Learning to create movement phrases, students develop a sense of artistry and dynamic phrasing necessary for performing. Furthering their understanding of and ability to identify the underlying movement principles of modern dance, students hone their technical skills in preparation for transfer or careers in dance. This course is a requirement for the Associate of Arts Degree in Dance and Certificate of Achievement in Dance. This course may be taken once and repeated three times for credit.

Major ElectiveM1.0
Notes:
See major sheet for major elective options; 4 units are required with no more than 3 units from a single category.

Please see a counselor to discuss course options.

RHC GE 6 - Social and Behavioral ScienceGE3.0

Note: All honors courses have a prerequisite.

Select one:
AJ 101
ANTH 102, 102H, 103, 104, 110, 115, 125;
CD 106, 208;
CHST 101, 146, 148,150;
ECON 101, 101H, 102, 102H, 106, 135;
GEOG 102, 103;
HIST 101, 102, 122, 143, 143H, 144, 144H, 156, 157, 158, 159, 159H, 167, 170;
HUM 110, 111, 125, 125H, 130;
MSCM 128;
PHIL 128, 128H, 135;
POLS 110, 110H, 125, 128, 128H, 130, 135,140,150;
PSY 101, 101H, 112, 114;
SOC 101, 101H, 102, 105, 110, 114, 116, 120, 127, 130, 148;
SPCH 150

ElectiveEL3.0

Select any course that is numbered 40 or above. Please see a counselor to discuss course options.

ElectiveEL3.0

Select any course that is numbered 40 or above. Please see a counselor to discuss course options.

ElectiveEL1.0

Select any course that is numbered 40 or above. Please see a counselor to discuss course options.

Total Semester Units:12.0 
Total Units for Dance AA program 60.5† 
Notes:
*Choose 4 units from DANC 152, DANC 162, DANC 172, DANC 180, DANC 182; DANC 180 is a corequisite for all the above.
Some classes may have higher units
MMajor course; course may also meet a general education requirement
GEGeneral Education course
ELElective Course
† Some classes may have higher units.
** this course has prerequisite, please click on course name to view.
GE = General Education Course. Some of these courses also meet degree requirements. Please see a counselor to find out which ones meet both the general education and degree requirement
M = Major Course
EL = Elective Course

Advising Sheet:
Dance-20-21.pdf
   

Program Learning Outcomes

1

When in rehearsal, students will demonstrate best practice methods of training and rehearsal in preparation for performance.


2

In performance, students will successfully perform on stage or in class showings.


3

When shown live or recorded dance performances, students will critically analyze dance material by its salient qualities of body, effort, space, and shape and recognize predominant cultural and historical forces and figures in dance.


4

When presented with a choreographic or improvisational problem, students will be able to create dance material with choreographic components of Laban Movement Analysis and understanding of contemporary dance production practices.


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  • This program is designed to be completed in ______
  • This program will cost $______ if completed within normal time (including books, materials, and additional fees). There may be additional costs for living expenses. These costs were accurate at the time of posting, but are subject to change.
  • Of the students who completed this program within normal time, the typical graduate leaves with $0* of debt. *Fewer than 10 students completed this program within normal time. This number has been withheld to preserve the confidentiality of the students.
  • License Requirements. This program qualifies students to sit for licensure exam in California.

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