Academic Catalogs

World Dance Instructor, Certificate of Achievement

Financial Aid Eligible
Banner Code: 1_CT_WDAN
Control Number: 18205

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

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. 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.

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 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