Dance Certificate

The Certificate of Achievement in Dance is designed to provide a foundation in dance theory, technique, and aesthetics within a small liberal arts college environment. 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. This two-year concentration and training ground prepares the student for the rigors of teaching within the local studio system, recreational centers, after-school programs, or in opening their own studios. A student’s potential and readiness to embark on a career as a dancer is enhanced through this course of study. When combined with GE requirements from Area B (CSU GE) or C (IGETC), the successful student is eligible for the A.A. in Dance (Transfer) and transfer to a four-year program to pursue a Bachelor of Arts degree in Dance. (Some courses may count for both certificate and general education requirements).

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Design Your Future!

Begin by exploring MSJC program maps to find a career or transfer opportunities.  Program maps show the recommended sequence of courses that lead to graduation or transfer. The maps were developed by program experts to give you the skills and knowledge you need to succeed.    

  • Starting in Spring? Choose Fall Semester 1 courses.   
  • Are you a part-time student?  Start Fall Semester 1 courses and follow the course sequence.
Plan of Study Grid
Fall Semester 1Units
DAN-100 History and Appreciation of Dance 3
Select one of the following 2
Beginning Ballet  
Beginning Modern Dance  
Beginning Jazz Dance  
Beginning Hip Hop (formerly DAN-131)  
Select one of the following: 2
Beginning Ballet  
Beginning Modern Dance  
Beginning Jazz Dance  
Beginning Hip Hop (formerly DAN-131)  
Beginning Tap Dance  
 Units7
Spring Semester 1
DAN-212
Dance Production
or Dance Performance
1
Select one of the following: 2
Advanced Beginning Ballet  
Advanced Beginning Modern Dance  
Advanced Beginning Jazz Dance  
Advanced Beginning Hip Hop  
DAN-125 Choreography I 3
 Units6
Fall Semester 2
Select one of the following: 3
Improvisation for Dance and Theater  
Dance Touring Ensemble  
Choreography II  
Select one of the following: 2
Intermediate Modern Dance  
Intermediate Jazz Dance (formerly DAN-127)  
Intermediate Ballet (formerly DAN-128)  
Intermediate Hip Hop  
Intermediate Tap Dance  
DAN-212
Dance Production
or Dance Performance
2
 Units7
Spring Semester 2
Select one of the following: 2
Advanced Intermediate Modern Dance  
Advanced Intermediate Jazz Dance  
Advanced Intermediate Ballet  
Advanced Beginning Hip Hop  
DAN-133 History of Popular Dance in the United States 3
 Units5
 Total Units25

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

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
Subtotal9
Required Performance/Production Courses
Select three units of the following:
Dance Production
Dance Performance
Subtotal3
Area A - Required Courses
Choose from at least two different subjects/genres of dance below:
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
Subtotal6-8
Area B - Required Courses
Select one of the following:
Improvisation for Dance and Theater
Dance Touring Ensemble
Choreography II
Subtotal3
Total Units21-23

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