Dance, A.A.

The Associate of Arts (AA) degree in Dance (non-transfer) is available by completing the 21-23 required units in the major and all MSJC General Education Option A requirements. This two-year concentration prepares the student for the rigors of teaching within the local studio system, recreational centers, after-school programs, or in opening their own studios. Students are immersed in a comprehensive program of dance study with a focus on choreography, improvisation, performance, history, and core techniques in commercial and contemporary styles.  The Certificate of Achievement in Dance is completed on the path to this degree. If interested in transfer, students should instead pursue the transfer AA in Dance.

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MSJC General Education Option A

Plan of Study Grid
Fall Semester 1Units
ENGL-101 College Composition (formerly Freshman Composition) 4
MATH-105 College Algebra 4
DAN-100 History and Appreciation of Dance 3
Select two of the following: 4
Beginning Ballet (Select two of the following:)  
Beginning Modern Dance  
Beginning Jazz Dance  
Beginning Hip Hop (formerly DAN-131)  
Beginning Tap Dance  
 Units15
Spring Semester 1
ANTH-101 Physical Anthropology 3
DAN-212
Dance Production
or Dance Performance
1
HIST-111
U.S. History to 1877
or U.S. History Since 1865
3
Select two of the following: 4
Advanced Beginning Ballet  
Advanced Beginning Modern Dance  
Advanced Beginning Jazz Dance  
Advanced Beginning Hip Hop  
Intermediate Tap Dance  
DAN-125 Choreography I 3
 Units14
Fall Semester 2
COMM-100 Public Speaking 3
DAN-108 Improvisation for Dance and Theater 3
Select two of the following: 4
Intermediate Modern Dance  
Intermediate Jazz Dance (formerly DAN-127)  
Intermediate Ballet (formerly DAN-128)  
Intermediate Hip Hop  
DAN-120 Conditioning and Alignment for Dance 2
DAN-214 Dance Touring Ensemble 3
DAN-212
Dance Production
or Dance Performance
2
 Units17
Spring Semester 2
Select two of the following: 4
Advanced Intermediate Modern Dance  
Advanced Intermediate Jazz Dance  
Advanced Intermediate Ballet  
Advanced Intermediate Hip Hop  
DAN-225 Choreography II 3
ASL-100 American Sign Language I 4
DAN-133 History of Popular Dance in the United States 3
 Units14
 Total Units60

NOTE: Higher-level dance courses can be taken by audition. Other levels of technique courses can be substituted as needed.

An Associate Degree in this program requires students to follow MSJC's General Education, Option A and complete all general education areas, all major requirements, and complete an overall total of 60 degree applicable units with a minimum 2.0 GPA.

Course Title Credits
MSJC General Education Option A24
Required Dance Courses9
Required Dance Production/Performance Courses 3
Dance Electives9-11
Electives (as needed to reach 60 units)
Course Title Credits
Required Courses
DAN-100/HIST-151History and Appreciation of Dance3
DAN-125Choreography I3
DAN-133History of Popular Dance in the United States3
Required Production/Performance Courses 1
DAN-212Dance Production3
or DAN-213 Dance Performance
Elective Courses
Area A - Required Courses
Select 6-8 units from at least two different subjects/genres of dance below:6-8
Conditioning and Alignment for Dance
Beginning Ballet
Advanced Beginning Ballet
Beginning Modern Dance
Advanced Beginning Modern Dance
Beginning Jazz Dance
Advanced Beginning Jazz Dance
Beginning Tap Dance
Intermediate Modern Dance
Advanced Intermediate Modern Dance
Intermediate Jazz Dance (formerly DAN-127)
Advanced Intermediate Jazz Dance
Intermediate Ballet (formerly DAN-128)
Advanced Intermediate Ballet
Intermediate Tap Dance
Beginning Hip Hop (formerly DAN-131)
Advanced Beginning Hip Hop
Intermediate Hip Hop
Advanced Intermediate Hip Hop
Dances of the World
Area B - Required Courses
Select one of the following:3
Improvisation for Dance and Theater
and Improvisation for Dance and Theater
Dance Touring Ensemble
Choreography II
Total Units21-23

It is highly recommended that the student be enrolled in a technique class (or more than one) every semester.

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