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Dance Instructor, Certificate of Achievement

Banner Code: 1_CN_DNDI

Control Number: 22407

Financial Aid Eligible

The Dance Instructor Certificate of Achievement program trains students for positions in the commercial and artistic areas of dance. Graduates of the program would be qualified as instructors in Ballet, Modern, Contemporary, Jazz, Hip Hop, or Tap in private studios or recreational and/or community dance programs. The Dance Department also recommends that students complete their General Education Requirements for an Associate in Arts Degree.

Students will be able to apply principles of movement and creativity to their preferred form of dance and demonstrate instructional skills effectively through movement demonstration and verbal cueing, using appropriate terminology, music, and safety measures.

Instruction will utilize both classroom work, using a variety of instructional methods (lecture, lab/demonstration, independent and group projects) and internship experiences in the 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 terminology, music, and safety measures.
  2. Successfully teach and perform in one or more of the following styles, including but not limited to: Modern dance, Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Hip Hop or Contemporary dance.

Review Graduation Requirements.

Course Title Units
Required Courses
DANC A119Kinesiology For Dance3
DANC A150Dance Improvisation I1
DANC A160Dance Composition/Choreography I3
DANC A180Dance Wellness and Injury Prevention3
DANC A170Music for Dancers2
Select 3 units3
Rehearsal and Performance I
and Repertoire I (2 units of DANC A211)
Repertoire I
DANC A205Dance as a Profession Seminar2
DANC A210Dance Methodology3
DANC A220Dance Internship I1
DANC A221Dance Internship II1
Restricted Electives
List A: Select six units of dance technique couses6
Jazz Dance III
Jazz IV
Modern Dance III
Modern IV
Hip-Hop Dance II
Hip-Hop Dance III
Ballet 2
Ballet III
Ballet IV
Contemporary Commercial Dance
Contemporary Commercial Dance 2
Tap 2
Tap IV
List B: Select one unit of Somatic work1
Conditioning for Dance
Strength and Stretch
Yoga For Dancers
Yoga for Dancers 2
Ballet Floor Barre and Correctives
Pilates Mat Work
Total Units29

Program Sequence

These sequences at Orange Coast College are curriculum maps for students to finish all requirements for the certificate. There may be advisories, prerequisites, or time requirements that students need to consider before following these maps. Students are advised to meet with an Orange Coast College Counselor for alternate sequencing. 

Some courses in this program may be offered once per academic year.

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
Semester 1Units
DANC A119 Kinesiology For Dance 3
LIST A (See Requiements) 2
DANC A205 Dance as a Profession Seminar 1 2
DANC A160 Dance Composition/Choreography I 3
Semester 2
DANC A170 Music for Dancers 1 2
DANC A150 Dance Improvisation I 2 1
Repertoire I
or Performing Dance Ensemble I
DANC A180 Dance Wellness and Injury Prevention 2 3
LIST A (See Requirements) 2
LIST B (See Requirements) 1
Year 2
Semester 1
LIST A (See Requirements) 2
DANC A210 Dance Methodology 1 3
DANC A220 Dance Internship I 1
Semester 2
DANC A221 Dance Internship II 1
 Total Units29

Offered every other year.


Spring only.