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Dance, Associate in Arts Degree

Banner code: 2_AA_DANCE
Control number: 18427
Financial aid: Eligible 

The Dance Program in the Dance department, Arts and Letters Division includes general education, education for AA degree preparation and transfer to upper division at colleges and universities. Courses offered cover a wide variety of dance styles in small classes with individual attention to dancer’s needs. Careers for the dance major include dancer, choreographer, designer, technician and craftsperson, stage manager, arts manager, arts consultant, communications and teaching in professional, secondary and postsecondary education. Students learn and acquire skills in all elements of dance.

The Dance Department plays an active role in the community by presenting workshops, master classes and performances at schools and special events. Dance department faculty provide services to the campus and community in the form of public performances, fundraising, concert tours, adjudication and significant outreach for the recruitment of new students. The faculty are professional artists who present their work both within the community and nationally and are very friendly and available to students for advisement. GWC dance students also have opportunities to travel and perform in festivals within the US and abroad.

Program Level Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, students will be able to:

  1. Gain an overview of the historical, cultural, and scientific dimensions of dance.
  2. Explore the fundamental skills and techniques necessary for the public performance of dance.
  3. Gain practical experience in the production aspects of dance.
  4. Demonstrate the craft and aesthetic qualities of dance orally, practically, and in writing.
  5. Develop competency in modern dance, ballet, and jazz dance, in order to pursue careers in education, health and fitness, or performance arenas, or to further academic preparation in dance studies.

Associate Degree Graduation Requirements

(See GWC website for the most up-to-date information on Associate Degree Requirements.)

  1. Completion of General Education Requirements by one of the following methods:
    1. Completion of a minimum of 18 units as listed under Areas A through E, including the Cultural Diversity Requirement.
    2. Completion of a minimum of 39 units of CSU General Education requirements. Students who complete this pattern are also eligible to receive the Certificate of Achievement in CSU General Education Breadth.
    3. Completion of a minimum of 34 (UC) or 37 (CSU) units of Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) requirements. Students who complete this pattern are also eligible to receive the Certificate of Achievement in IGETC.
  2. Completion of a Major or Area of Emphasis—a minimum of 18 units.
  3. Completion of additional elective units to a total of 60 units.
  4. 2.0 overall Grade Point Average at GWC and 2.0 overall Grade Point Average for all colleges attended.
  5. At least 12 units completed at GWC.

Students should consult a GWC counselor in order to select the best pathway to meet their educational goals. For students who intend to transfer, the choice of general education will be specific to both their major and transfer institution.

Course Title Units
Required Courses
Modern Dance
DANC G100Modern Dance 1 - Beginning2
DANC G145Modern Dance 2 - Intermediate2
DANC G200Modern Dance 3 - Advanced2
Ballet
DANC G120Ballet 1 - Beginning2
DANC G155Ballet 2 - Intermediate2
DANC G220Ballet 3 - Advanced2
Jazz Dance
Select four units from the following:4
DANC G125Jazz Dance 1 - Beginning2
DANC G160Contemporary Dance Styles2
DANC G225Jazz Dance 2 - Advanced2
Conditioning for Dance
Select one unit from the following:1
DANC G105Strength and Stretch1
DANC G106Strength and Stretch 2 - Intermediate1
DANC G108Pilates and Barre for Dancers1
Choreography, Performance and Production Dance
Select 4 units from the following:4
DANC G230Choreography2
DANC G235Modern Dance Ensemble2
DANC G240Tap Dance Ensemble1,2
DANC G245Performance Ensemble1,2
DANC G250Studio Production And Performance1,2
DANC G260Dance Production And Performance2,3
Dance Electives
Select two units from the following:2
DANC G112Ballroom Dance1
DANC G113Ballroom Dance 2 - Beginning1
DANC G115Tap Dance 1 - Beginning2
DANC G119Hip Hop Dance1
DANC G130Dance For Musical Theater2
DANC G135Mid-Eastern Dance0.5,1
DANC G136Intermediate/Advanced Mid-Eastern Dance0.5,1
DANC G150Tap Dance 2 - Intermediate2
DANC G215Tap Dance 3 - Advanced2
DANC G219Hip Hop Dance 21
DANC G230Choreography2
Recommended Electives
Select additional units from the following to reach degree total 60 units:
BIOL G220Human Anatomy4
DANC G101Viewing Dance3
MUS G101History & Appreciation Of Music3
THEA G106Acting 13
THEA G175Stage Scenery3
THEA G176Stage Lighting3
THEA G177Make-Up3
THEA G178Introduction to Stage Costume3
Major Total23
GE Pattern (Local, CSU GE-Breadth, or IGETC)18-39
Total Units60

Recommended Program Sequence

These sequences are general course maps for students to finish all major and general education requirements for two-year completion of degrees, completion of short-term certificates, and/or fulfillment of transfer requirements. However, this may not be an appropriate path for all students.  The two-year sequence is based on English and Math placement and meeting other course prerequisites. Students are advised to meet with a GWC Counselor to review course selections and sequences to ensure that completion of this program will meet a student's transfer and career goals.

Year 1:

Course Title Units
Semester 1
DANC G100Modern Dance 1 - Beginning2
DANC G120Ballet 1 - Beginning2
ENGL G100Freshman Composition ^4
Area E: Lifelong Understanding and Self-Development or Area A: English Language, Area B: Natural Sciences, Area C: Arts & Humanities, Area D: Social & Behavioral Sciences3
Select one of the following:2
DANC G125Jazz Dance 1 - Beginning2
DANC G160Contemporary Dance Styles2
DANC G225Jazz Dance 2 - Advanced2
Units13
Course Title Units
Semester 2
DANC G145Modern Dance 2 - Intermediate2
Area B: Natural Sciences course3
Area D: Social & Behavioral Sciences course3
Elective coursework for a total of 6 units6
Select 4 units from the following:4
DANC G230Choreography2
DANC G235Modern Dance Ensemble2
DANC G240Tap Dance Ensemble1,2
DANC G245Performance Ensemble1,2
DANC G250Studio Production And Performance1,2
DANC G260Dance Production And Performance2,3
Units18

Year 2:

Course Title Units
Semester 3
DANC G101Viewing Dance3
DANC G155Ballet 2 - Intermediate2
THEA G106Acting 1 (recommended elective)3
Select one of the following:1
DANC G105Strength and Stretch1
DANC G106Strength and Stretch 2 - Intermediate1
DANC G108Pilates and Barre for Dancers1
Select one of the following NOT already taken:2
DANC G125Jazz Dance 1 - Beginning2
DANC G160Contemporary Dance Styles2
DANC G225Jazz Dance 2 - Advanced2
Select one of the following or satisfy Math competency (completion of Algebra 2 in High School with a "C" or better):
MATH G030Intermediate Algebra4
MATH G040Accelerated Elementary and Intermediate Algebra5
MATH G080Pre-Statistics5
If Math competency is satisfied, take Elective coursework for a total of 3 units.3
Units14-16
Course Title Units
Semester 4
DANC G200Modern Dance 3 - Advanced2
DANC G220Ballet 3 - Advanced2
Cultural Diversity requirement #3
Elective coursework to reach a minimum of 60 units4-6
Select 2 units from the following:2
DANC G112Ballroom Dance1
DANC G113Ballroom Dance 2 - Beginning1
DANC G115Tap Dance 1 - Beginning2
DANC G119Hip Hop Dance1
DANC G130Dance For Musical Theater2
DANC G135Mid-Eastern Dance0.5,1
DANC G136Intermediate/Advanced Mid-Eastern Dance0.5,1
DANC G150Tap Dance 2 - Intermediate2
DANC G215Tap Dance 3 - Advanced2
DANC G219Hip Hop Dance 21
DANC G230Choreography2
Units13-15
Total minimum units required60