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World Dance Instructor, Certificate of Achievement

Banner Code: 1_CN_WDAN

Control Number: 18205

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, Classical Indian, Latin Dance Styles, Mexican Folklorico, 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, Classical Indian, Flamenco, Mexican Folklorico, Latin Dance Styles, Middle Eastern or Polynesian. 
  2. Communicate proper dance technique through movement demonstration and verbal cueing using appropriate dance terminology, music, and safety measures.

Review Graduation Requirements.

Course Title Units
Required Courses
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
Restricted Electives
DANC A203Performing Dance Ensemble I3
or DANC A201
Rehearsal and Performance I
and Repertoire I
List A: Select six (6) units from the following6
Mid-Eastern Dance 1
Mid-Eastern Dance 2
Mid-Eastern Dance 3
Mid-Eastern Dance 4
Latin Dance Styles I
Latin Dance Styles II
Latin Dance Styles III
Flamenco Dance 1
Flamenco Dance 2
Flamenco Dance 3
Flamenco Dance 4
African Dance and Drumming I
African Dance and Drumming II
African Dance and Drumming III
Polynesian Dance
Polynesian Dance 2
Mexican Folklórico Dance 1
Mexican Folklórico Dance 2
List B: Select four (4) units from the following4
Ballet Dance Basics
Ballet 1
Ballet 2
Modern Dance Basics
Modern Dance 1
Modern 2
List C: Select one (1) unit from the following1
Yoga For Dancers
Yoga for Dancers 2
Pilates Mat Work
Strength and Stretch
Conditioning for Dance
Total Units26

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
LIST A - CHOOSE TWO (See Requirements) 2
LIST B - CHOOSE ONE (See Requirements) 2
DANC A205 Dance as a Profession Seminar 2
Cultural Anthropology
or World Religion
or World Dance and Culture
Semester 2
LIST A - CHOOSE TWO (See Requirements) 1
LIST B - CHOOSE ONE (See Requiements) 2
Rehearsal and Performance I
or Performing Dance Ensemble I
DANC A170 Music for Dancers 2
Year 2
Semester 1
LIST A: CHOOSE ONE (See Requirements) 2
LIST C: CHOOSE ONE (See Requirements) 1
DANC A210 Dance Methodology 1 3
DANC A218 World Dance Internship I 1
Semester 2
DANC A219 World Dance Internship II 1
LIST A: CHOOSE ONE (See Requirements) 1
 Total Units26

Offered every other year.