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Dance, Associate in Arts Degree

Financial Aid Eligible
Banner Code: 1_AA_DANC
Control Number: 03993

The degree provides students with a foundation in the theory, technique, and the aesthetics of the art of dance. This is fulfilled through a comprehensive program of dance study in areas of core techniques, contemporary and commercial styles, choreography, performance, and world dance forms. Students will demonstrate proficiency through accurate technical execution, performance skills, research papers, essays, and choreographic works.. Program assessment is measured by public performances, program completion, transferability, and periodic program review. Students qualify to pursue a variety of dance-related careers and advanced degree options.

Program Outcome

  1. Develop an understanding and appreciation of the art of dance and its relevance to the multicultural world we live in.
  2. Acquire the dance technical skills necessary to transfer to a university program or similar advanced dance study program.
  3. Implement critical thinking skills and kinesthetic awareness in their observation, analysis, and interpretation of dance performances on stage or in media.
  4. Develop dance composition and performance skills necessary to successfully transfer to a university program or similar advanced dance study program.

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
Core Courses
DANC A150Dance Improvisation I1
DANC A250Dance Improvisation II1
DANC A170Music for Dancers2
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:3
Dance Composition/Choreography I
Dance Composition/Choreography II
Dance Composition/Choreography III
Select one of the following:1
Rehearsal and Performance I
Rehearsal and Performance II
Rehearsal and Performance III
Rehearsal and Performance IV
Select one of the following:1-4
Repertoire I
Repertoire II
Repertoire III
Repertoire IV
Restricted Electives
Select four units of the following:4
Modern Dance 1
Modern 2
Ballet 1
Ballet 2
Pointe Work
Yoga For Dancers
Latin Dance Styles I
American Social Dance Styles
Kinesiology For Dance
Jazz Dance 1
Jazz Dance 2
Tap 1
Tap 2
Mid-Eastern Dance 1
Flamenco Dance 1
Classical Danc of India
African Dance and Drumming I
Tap III
Flamenco Dance 2
Mid-Eastern Dance 2
Hip-Hop Dance I
Pilates Apparatus & Mat Work Level 1
Pilates Apparatus & Mat Work Level 2
Contemporary Commercial Dance
Latin Dance Styles II
Polynesian Dance
African Dance and Drumming II
Hip-Hop Dance II
Latin Dance Styles III
African Dance and Drumming III
Hip-Hop Dance III
Hip Hop 4
Modern Dance Basics
Ballet Dance Basics
Jazz Dance Basics
Tap Dance Basics
Dance Wellness and Injury Prevention
Classical Technique and Variation Workshop
Appreciation Of Dance
Performing Dance Ensemble I
Dance as a Profession Seminar
Dance Methodology
Performing Dance Ensemble II
World Dance and Culture
Performing Dance Ensemble III
Tap IV
Flamenco Dance 3
Flamenco Dance 4
Mid-Eastern Dance 3
Mid-Eastern Dance 4
Preparation for Audition - Tap
Program Major Units19-22
AA General Education Option 1, 2, or 3Varies
Transferable electives as needed to satisfy unit requirementVaries
Total Units60