Program Description

Students who complete the Dance major AA degree from Pasadena City College will gain a strong foundation in dance as an expressive and performing art form, emphasizing dance technique, performance, dance-making, dance production, and the cultural and historical significance of dance. Completion of an AA degree in dance greatly increases success in auditions and acceptance into BA/BFA programs at colleges and universities. The PCC dance major provides rigorous and comprehensive, pre-professional training for a career in concert dance, commercial dance, musical theatre and/or dance teaching.  Completion of this degree provides entry into a career performing, choreographing or teaching in the field.  

Interested students should be advised that a career in dance is typically very competitive and low-salaried, as is frequently the case with performing arts. 

Pre-requisite skills:  In order to enroll in the dance technique core requisites of units in Modern Dance III, Modern Dance IV, Ballet III, Ballet IV, Jazz III, Jazz IV, students must have either passed the level II version of that class or obtain an official Prerequisite waiver.  

Program Outcomes

  1. Proficiency in dancing, including a strong foundation in dance technique, with artistic nuance, versatility, and the ability to interpret direction.
  2. Fluency in the art of choreography, establishing a practice in the invention and composition of movement, with competence in directing and collaborating with dancers.
  3. Awareness of social, cultural and spiritual roles of dance in contemporary and historical civilization, with an ability to identify and discuss styles, their origins and global fusions.
  4. Performance experience in a variety of contexts and venues, ranging from fully produced, large-scale proscenium shows, to alternative or screen-based productions.

Requirements for the AA Degree

Required Core (11 units)

  • DANC 008A - Beginning Composition and Choreography (2)
  • DANC 012 - Improvisation (1)
  • DANC 021A - Dance History: Cultural and Social Heritage (3)
    or DANC 021B - Dance History: Spectacle and Performance Art (3)
  • DANC 026 - Music for Dance (2)
  • DANC 022A - Dance Performance I (2)
  • DANC 023 - Dance Repertoire (1)

LIST A: Complete 3 units from the following:

  • DANC 009C - Modern Dance III (1)
  • DANC 009D - Modern Dance IV (1)
  • DANC 011C - Ballet III (1)
  • DANC 011D - Ballet IV (1)
  • DANC 015C - Jazz Dance III (1)
  • DANC 015D - Jazz Dance IV (1)

LIST B: Complete 2 units from the following:

  • DANC 014A - Hip Hop Dance (1)
  • DANC 014B - Hip Hop Dance (1)
  • DANC 004H - Flamenco Dance (1)
  • DANC 006A - Tap Dance I (1)
  • DANC 006B - Tap Dance II (1)
  • DANC 006C - Tap Dance III (1)
  • DANC 006D - Tap Dance IV (1)

LIST C: Complete 1 unit from the following:

  • DANC 005A - Social Dance I (1)
  • DANC 005B - Social Dance II (1)

LIST D: Complete 3 units from the following:

  • DANC 004H - Flamenco Dance (1)
  • DANC 005A - Social Dance I (1)
  • DANC 005B - Social Dance II (1)
  • DANC 006A - Tap Dance I (1)
  • DANC 006B - Tap Dance II (1)
  • DANC 006C - Tap Dance III (1)
  • DANC 006D - Tap Dance IV (1)
  • DANC 008B - Intermediate Composition and Choreography (2)
  • DANC 009A - Modern Dance I (1)
  • DANC 009B - Modern Dance II (1)
  • DANC 009C - Modern Dance III (1)
  • DANC 009D - Modern Dance IV (1)
  • DANC 011A - Ballet I (1)
  • DANC 011B - Ballet II (1)
  • DANC 011C - Ballet III (1)
  • DANC 011D - Ballet IV (1)
  • DANC 013 - Pilates-Based Method for Alignment and Correction (1)
  • DANC 014A - Hip Hop Dance (1)
  • DANC 014B - Hip Hop Dance (1)
  • DANC 015A - Jazz Dance I (1)
  • DANC 015B - Jazz Dance II (1)
  • DANC 015C - Jazz Dance III (1)
  • DANC 015D - Jazz Dance IV (1)
  • DANC 020 - Independent Study (1)
  • DANC 022B - Dance Performance (2)
  • DANC 025 - Movement for Child Development (2)
  • THRT 075 - Musical Theater Workshop (2)

Recommended Electives

  • THRT 002A - Acting I (3)
  • THRT 015 - Costume Crafts (3)
  • THRT 041 - Fundamentals of Stage Lighting (3)
  • THRT 004A - Mime Fundamentals (2)
  • KINA 040A - Beginning Yoga (1)
  • KINA 040B - Intermediate Yoga (1)
  • KINA 040C - Advanced Yoga (1)
  • KINT 182 - Anatomical Principles of Kinesiology and Fitness (3)