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Dance Specialist

Certificate of Achievement

The Dance Specialist Certificate of Achievement requires the successful completion of a total of 18 semester units and is designed to provide students with theoretical knowledge and the practical skills necessary for the following careers: dance studio instructor, dance teaching assistant, choreographer, and performer. This certificate will prepare the student to successfully teach dance in a privately-owned dance studio, a health club, YMCA, theater setting, or as a dance assistant in an academic and/or religious institution. Through this certificate program, students gain proficiency in leadership, communication, performance awareness, and artistic techniques. There are no prerequisites for enrolling in this certificate program, but placement within each technique class will be based upon an audition prior to entrance in the program.

Choreography & History (4 units)

Course NumberCourse TitleUnits
DANC007Choreography1 unit
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Dance in America: A Cultural Perspective
Honors Dance in America: A Cultural Perspective

3 units
3 units

Specific Technique: 4 units of must be at the Intermediate level or above (12 units)

Course NumberCourse TitleUnits
DANC001Ballet: Beginning Level 11 unit
DANC002Ballet: Beginning Level 21 unit
DANC003Ballet: Intermediate Level 31 unit
DANC004Ballet: Advanced Level 41 unit
DANC011Jazz Dance: Beginning Level 11 unit
DANC012Jazz Dance: Beginning Level 21 unit
DANC013Jazz Dance: Intermediate Level 31 unit
DANC014Jazz Dance: Advanced Level 41 unit
DANC021Modern Dance: Beginning Level 11 unit
DANC022Modern Dance: Beginning Level 21 unit
DANC023Modern Dance: Intermediate Level 31 unit
DANC024Modern Dance: Advanced Level 41 unit
DANC031Tap for Musical Theatre: Beginning Level 11 unit
DANC032Tap for Musical Theatre: Beginning Level 21 unit
DANC033Tap for Musical Theatre: Intermediate Level 31 unit
DANC034Tap for Musical Theatre: Advanced Level 41 unit
DANC041Ballroom and Latin Dance: Beginning1 unit
DANC042Ballroom and Latin Dance: Intermediate1 unit
DANC043Ballroom and Latin Dance: Advanced1 unit
DANC044Lindy Hop & Swing1 unit
DANC051AWorld Dance: Flamenco of Spain, Beginning1 unit
DANC051BWorld Dance: Flamenco of Spain, Intermediate1 unit

Studio / Production (2 units)

Course NumberCourse TitleUnits
DANC005Dance Workshop1 unit
DANC006Dance Intensive1 unit
DANC008Rehearsal and Performance in Dance1 unit
DANC060Studio Dance Production1 unit

Total Certificate Units: 18 units

To be awarded a certificate, a student must:

  1. Complete all the major requirements.
  2. Earn a grade of “C” or better for all required courses.

Upon successful completion of this program a student will be able to:

  • Demonstrate expertise in one dance form through performance and choreography of steps and combinations.
  • Demonstrate proficiency as a dance instructor by choreographing and performing in more than one dance style.
  • Analyze a traditional dance form within the context of the following: power, resistance and/or diaspora.
  • Demonstrate proper technique and rhythmic responses to music in performance.
  • Choreograph a dance in a specific area of emphasis and document preparation in one area of production such as costume, publicity, or set design.
Last Updated 10/14/22