Academic Catalogs

Dance Instructor, Certificate of Achievement

Financial Aid Eligible
Banner Code: 1_CT_DNDI
Control Number: 22407

The Dance certificate program trains students for positions in the commercial and artistic areas of dance. Graduates of the program would be qualified as instructors with an emphasis in one of the following: ballet, modern, jazz, tap and world dance forms in private studios, recreation or other community dance programs. The Dance Department also recommends that students complete their General Education Requirements for an Associate Degree. Students are able to apply principles of movement and creativity to all forms of dance, demonstrate skills of instructing dance to communicate through movement and words, and apply information learned in other disciplines to the art form of dance.

Instruction will utilize both classroom work, using a variety of instructional methods (lecture, lab/demonstration, independent and group projects) and internship experiences in business/industry to prepare the student for job requirements.

Program Outcomes

  1. Communicate proper dance technique effectively through movement demonstration and verbal cueing, using appropriate corresponding terminology.
  2. Successfully teach a dance class in a particular style: modern dance, ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop or contemporary dance.

Certificate Requirements

Orange Coast College offers two types of certificate awards in career programs designed to prepare the graduate to enter a particular field of employment. At least 3 units in an advanced course from the certificate must be completed at OCC.

  1. Certificate of Achievement - 8 units or more in a state-approved program.  Certificates of Achievement are not automatically awarded. A petition must be filed in Enrollment Services or online at the beginning of the semester in which the student will be completing his or her final requirements.  The petitioning periods are listed in the Graduation Requirements section of this catalog. 
  2. Certificate of Specialization - 16 units or less in a locally approved program.  Certificates of Specialization are not automatically awarded, not printed on official academic transcripts, and there is no acknowledgment of completion given at graduation.  Please contact the division for details regarding the submission of petitions as procedures for each division vary.  Most division offices prefer that students complete all of the required courses and then provide a copy of the transcript while some divisions allow petitions for Certificates of Specialization before finishing.

Minimum Grade Requirement
In order to be awarded a certificate, students are required to obtain a grade of “C” or better in all program-required courses. Grades of “CR” or “P” will be accepted whereas “CR” or “P” meets the equivalency of a “C” or better. A list of certificate programs can be found in the Programs A-Z section of this catalog. Check with a counselor to determine the requirements for completion.

Course Title Units
Required Courses
DANC A119Kinesiology For Dance3
DANC A152Pilates Apparatus & Mat Work Level 11-2
or DANC A153 Pilates Apparatus & Mat Work Level 2
DANC A150Dance Improvisation I1
or DANC A250 Dance Improvisation II
Select one of the following:3
Dance Composition/Choreography I
Dance Composition/Choreography II
Dance Composition/Choreography III
DANC A170Music for Dancers2
DANC A180Dance Wellness and Injury Prevention3
DANC A200Appreciation Of Dance3
DANC A201Rehearsal and Performance I1
or DANC A202 Rehearsal and Performance II
DANC A205Dance as a Profession Seminar2
DANC A210Dance Methodology3
DANC A211Repertoire I1-4
or DANC A212 Repertoire II
DANC A220Dance Internship I1
DANC A221Dance Internship II1
Select one of the following:2
Jazz Dance III
Jazz IV
Preparation for Audition - Jazz
Select one of the following:2
Ballet III
Ballet IV
Preparation for Audition - Ballet
Select one of the following:2
Modern Dance III
Modern IV
Preparation for Audition - Modern
Select one of the following:0.5-2
Tap 1
Tap 2
Tap IV
Preparation for Audition - Tap
Select three units of dance techniques from at least two different dance styles:3
African Dance and Drumming I
African Dance and Drumming II
African Dance and Drumming III
Classical Danc of India
Contemporary Commercial Dance
Flamenco Dance 1
Flamenco Dance 2
Flamenco Dance 3
Flamenco Dance 4
Hip-Hop Dance I
Hip-Hop Dance II
Hip-Hop Dance III
Hip Hop 4
Intro To World Dance
Latin Dance Styles I
Latin Dance Styles II
Latin Dance Styles III
Mid-Eastern Dance 1
Mid-Eastern Dance 2
Mid-Eastern Dance 3
Mid-Eastern Dance 4
Polynesian Dance
Total Units34.5-40

Dance Instructor Suggested Electives

Course Title Units
BIOL A221Anatomy-Physiology4
BUS A100Introduction to Business3
BUS A120Personal Financial Success3
CMST A100Interpersonal Communication3
DANC A129Pilates Methodology3
EC A131Creativity for Children3
HLED/PUBH A100Personal Health Education3
HLED/KIN A270Fitness and Health3
HMDV A180Child Growth and Development3
PSYC A100Introduction to Psychology3