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Dance Program

2016-2017

Description

The Mesa College Dance Program offers a comprehensive curriculum designed to provide practical and theoretical training for students interested in a dance career. The core curriculum provides an excellent foundation in dance technique, choreography and performance skills. In addition, this program offers lower division theory courses to prepare the student for transfer to a four-year institution as a dance major. Students planning to transfer to a school of dance should consult with a counselor to select acceptable transfer courses.

 

Award Type Units
Certificate of Performance:
Dance 17

Program Emphasis

The program emphasizes the development of dancers versed in a wide variety of movement genres. The core curriculum focuses on ballet, modern, jazz, improvisation, choreography, performance, production, music for dancers and dance history. Emphasis is placed on the practical application of techniques and theories in concerts and public performances. The program also offers the option to explore tap, hip hop, conditioning, ethnic and social dance forms.

Career Options

The following list is a sample of the many career options open to students with a dance education. The majority of these options require a baccalaureate or graduate-level degree.

Professional Dancer, Choreographer, Dance Production Technician, Recreation Leader, Company Director, Movement Notator, Dance Therapist, Dance Teacher, Dance Critic, Fitness Instructor, Dance Promoter.

program learning outcomes

Students who complete the Dance Program will be able to:

  • Identify, analyze, assess and perform dance combinations and choreography to reflect specified line, design, technique and vocabulary as well as rhythmic, dynamic and emotional concepts for a wide variety of movement genres.
  • Apply aesthetic principles and critical thinking skills in the creation, performance and analysis of choreography.
  • Identify, compare, contrast and evaluate theatrical forms of dance in a socio-historical context as an artistic, political or ideological medium of communication.

Students will be assessed through a combination of performance evaluations, written assignments, and written tests and quizzes.

Certificate of Performance

Dance*

The Dance Certificate of Performance offers a comprehensive curriculum designed to provide practical and theoretical training for students interested in a dance career. In addition, this program offers lower division theory courses to prepare the student for transfer to a four-year institution as a dance major. Students planning to transfer to a school of dance should consult with dance faculty to select acceptable transfer courses.

*A Certificate of Performance is a departmental award that does not appear on the student's transcript. All courses must be completed within the San Diego Community College District.
Courses: Units
DANC 181 History of Dance 3
DANC 183 Music for Dance 2
DANC 253 Choreography 2
Select 2 units from the following:
DANC 261A Dance Performance I 2
DANC 261B Dance Performance II 2
DANC 261C Dance Performance III 2
DANC 261D Dance Performance IV 2
Select 4 units from the following courses:
DANC 110C Ballet III 1.5
DANC 110D Ballet IV 1.5
DANC 135C Jazz Dance III 1.5
DANC 135D Jazz Dance IV 1.5
DANC 140C Modern Dance III 1.5
DANC 140D Modern Dance IV 1.5
Select 4 additional units from the following:
DANC 110A Ballet I 1-1.5
DANC 110B Ballet II 1.5
DANC 110C Ballet III 1.5
DANC 110D Ballet IV 1.5
DANC 111 Ethnic Dance Forms 2
DANC 115A Tap I 1-1.5
DANC 115B Tap Dance II 1-1.5
DANC 115C Tap Dance III 1-1.5
DANC 115D Tap Dance IV 1-1.5
DANC 120A Hip Hop I 1-1.5
DANC 120B Hip Hop II 1.5
DANC 120C Hip Hop III 1.5
DANC 120D Hip Hop IV 1.5
DANC 126A Mid-Eastern Dance I 0.5-1
DANC 126B Mid-Eastern Dance II 0.5-1
DANC 126C Belly Dance III 0.5-1
DANC 126D Belly Dance IV 0.5-1
DANC 130A Dance Repertoire 1
DANC 135A Jazz Dance I 1-1.5
DANC 135B Jazz Dance II 1.5
DANC 135C Jazz Dance III 1.5
DANC 135D Jazz Dance IV 1.5
DANC 140A Modern Dance I 1-1.5
DANC 140B Modern Dance II 1.5
DANC 140C Modern Dance III 1.5
DANC 140D Modern Dance IV 1.5
DANC 145A Ballroom Dance I 1-1.5
DANC 145B Ballroom Dance II 1-1.5
DANC 178A Advanced Commercial Dance I 1.5
DANC 178B Advanced Commercial Dance II 1.5
DANC 179A Advanced Classical Dance I 1.5
DANC 179B Advanced Classical Dance II 1.5
DANC 180A Advanced Contemporary Dance I 1.5
DANC 180B Advanced Contemporary Dance II 1.5
Total Units = 17