Academic Catalogs

World Dance Instructor, Associate in Arts Degree

Financial Aid Eligible
Banner Code: 1_AA_WDAN
Control Number: 08647

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 in private studios, recreation or other community dance programs, and act as consultants, lecturers, or performers with an emphasis on the world dance forms, primarily Mid-Eastern, Flamenco, Spanish Classical, East Indian, or African. 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.

Complete the World Dance Certificate of Achievement and Associate in Arts graduation requirements as outlined in the Graduation Requirements section of the catalog.

Program Outcomes

  1. Successfully teach and perform in one or more of the following styles: African, American Social Dance, Classical Indian, Flamenco, Folklorico, Latin Dance Styles, Middle Eastern or Polynesian.
  2. Communicate how to dance through movement demonstration and verbal cueing using appropriate dance terminology.

Associate in Arts Degree Requirements

  1. UNIT REQUIREMENT - 60 UNITS, with at least a 2.0 grade point average. At least 12 of the units must be earned at OCC, with a minimum of one course taken for a letter grade. At least 3 units in an advanced course from the program must be completed at OCC. A student must be enrolled at the time of application for graduation. Units earned at an accredited college or university on a credit/no credit basis will be counted toward the degree requirements of the college, to a maximum of 15 units.
  2. MAJOR REQUIREMENT - Complete the AA or AS major requirements as detailed in the Degree and Certificate section of this catalog.
  3. MATHEMATICS REQUIREMENT - Demonstrate competence in mathematics by either obtaining a satisfactory grade (grade of “C” or better or“pass”) in a mathematics course at or above the level of Intermediate Algebra as demonstrated by prior coursework, or by demonstrating competency that is comparable through the completion of a college-level math course that has Intermediate Algebra as a prerequisite: Psychology A160 or Math A100 or higher, with the exception of Math A220.
  4. GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENT - Students may choose to complete Option 1 (OCC AA GE)Option 1 (OCC AS GE)Option 2 (CSU GE), or Option 3 (IGETC) to satisfy the general education requirement. See the General Education Patterns section of this catalog for more information.
  5. GLOBAL AND MULTICULTURAL REQUIREMENT (Required for AA degree only) Some of the courses listed in this requirement can also be used to meet General Education Requirements. Courses that are repeatable for credit can only be used once in this area. - Select one or more courses from the following totaling 3 units: Anthropology A100*, A100H*, A102*, A190*, Art A108*, Communication Studies A155*, Counseling A107*, A107H*, Dance A130*, A133*, A135*, A137*, A138*, Early Childhood A126, English A152*, A173*, Ethnic Studies A100*, A150*, Fashion A125, Food and Nutrition A185, Geography A185*, History A101*, A110*, A141, A142, A145,* A150*, A151*, A152*, A161*, A161H*, A162*, A162H*, Philosophy A120*, Psychology A105*, Religious Studies A110*, A120*, A140*, A150*, A160, Sociology A100*, A100H*, A115*, A150*, A190* *Denotes courses that fulfill CSU GE Breadth and/ or IGETC requirements. 
Course Title Units
Required Courses
DANC A130Mid-Eastern Dance 10.5-2
DANC A148Mid-Eastern Dance 21-2
DANC A116Latin Dance Styles I0.5-2
DANC A155Latin Dance Styles II1
DANC A138African Dance and Drumming I0.5-2
DANC A158African Dance and Drumming II1
DANC A135Flamenco Dance 10.5-2
DANC A147Flamenco Dance 21-2
DANC A156Polynesian Dance1
DANC A170Music for Dancers2
DANC A205Dance as a Profession Seminar2
DANC A210Dance Methodology3
DANC A218World Dance Internship I1
DANC A219World Dance Internship II1
ANTH A100Cultural Anthropology3
or RLST A110 World Religion
or DANC A230 World Dance and Culture
Select the pair2-4
Rehearsal and Performance I
and Repertoire I
Performing Dance Ensemble I
Select one course3
Performing Dance Ensemble II
Performing Dance Ensemble III
Performing Dance Ensemble IV
Subtotal23-35
Restricted Electives
Select from the following1-2
Mid-Eastern Dance 3
and Mid-Eastern Dance 4
Flamenco Dance 3
and Flamenco Dance 4
Latin Dance Styles III
African Dance and Drumming III
Select four (4) units from at least two (2) different dance styles4
Latin Dance Styles III
Intro To World Dance
Classical Danc of India
Folk Dance
Ballet 1
Ballet 2
Ballet III
Tap 1
Tap 2
Tap III
Mid-Eastern Dance 3
Mid-Eastern Dance 4
Flamenco Dance 3
Flamenco Dance 4
Modern Dance 1
Modern 2
Modern Dance III
Jazz Dance 1
Jazz Dance 2
Jazz Dance III
Contemporary Commercial Dance
Total Units28-41
Requirement Units
Minimum Program Major Units 25-28
AA General Education Option 1, 2, or 3 Varies
Transferable electives to satisfy unit requirement Varies
Total Degree Units 60