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World Dance Instructor, Certificate of Achievement

Banner Code: 1_CN_WDAN

Control Number: 18205

Not Financial Aid Eligible

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 ethnic dance forms, primarily Middle-Eastern, Flamenco, Spanish Classical, East Indian, Polynesian or African (Nigeria/Ghana).

Students are able to apply principles of movement and creativity to all forms of dance, demonstrate skills of dance instruction through movement and verbal cueing, 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. Successfully teach and perform in one or more of the following styles, including but not limited to, African, American Social Dance, Classical Indian, Flamenco, Folklorico, Latin Dance Styles, Middle Eastern or Polynesian. 
  2. Communicate proper dance technique through movement demonstration and verbal cueing using appropriate dance terminology and safety measures

Certificate of Achievement Requirements

The Certificate of Achievement is a state-approved career program that requires a minimum of eight units and is designed to prepare the graduate to enter a particular field of employment.  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.  At least 3 units in an advanced course from the certificate must be completed at OCC at the department’s discretion.  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 their final requirements.  The petitioning periods are listed in the Graduation Requirements section of this catalog.  Check with a counselor to determine the requirements for completion.

A list of certificate programs can be found in the Programs A-Z section of this catalog.  

Course Title Units
Required Courses
DANC A130Mid-Eastern Dance 10.5-2
DANC A148Mid-Eastern Dance 20.5-2
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 20.5-2
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
Select one course3
Cultural Anthropology
World Religion
World Dance and Culture
Select the pair or DANC A2032-5
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
Restricted Electives List 1 - Depth
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
Restricted Electives List 2 - Breadth
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
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
Contemporary Commercial Dance 2
Polynesian Dance
Polynesian Dance 2
Total Units28-41

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 A170 Music for Dancers 2
World Dance and Culture
or Cultural Anthropology
or World Religion
DANC A130 Mid-Eastern Dance 1 0.5-2
DANC A116 Latin Dance Styles I 0.5-2
DANC A138 African Dance and Drumming I 0.5-2
DANC A135 Flamenco Dance 1 0.5-2
Semester 2
DANC A147 Flamenco Dance 2 0.5-2
DANC A148 Mid-Eastern Dance 2 0.5-2
DANC A155 Latin Dance Styles II 1
DANC A158 African Dance and Drumming II 1
DANC A201 Rehearsal and Performance I 1
Repertoire I
or Performing Dance Ensemble I
DANC A205 Dance as a Profession Seminar 2
CERT RESTRICTED ELECTIVE- CHOOSE ONE (See List 2 on Requirements) 1 2
Year 2
Semester 1
CERT RESTRICTED ELECTIVE- CHOOSE ONE (See List 1 on Requirements) 1-2
DANC A218 World Dance Internship I 1
DANC A156 Polynesian Dance 1
CERT RESTRICTED ELECTIVE- CHOOSE ONE (See List 2 on Requirements) 1 2
Semester 2
Performing Dance Ensemble II
or Performing Dance Ensemble III
or Performing Dance Ensemble IV
DANC A219 World Dance Internship II 1
DANC A210 Dance Methodology 3
 Total Units28-41