Dance Instructor

Ballet. Jazz. Modern. World. Whether you are new to dance or already working in the field and looking to perfect your technique and acquire teaching skills, OCC’s highly respected Dance program can help explore or build upon your passion for dance. Our program can prepare you to become a dance performer or a dance instructor. We also offer Pilates teacher training, which will enable you to expand and apply your skills in yet another direction. The median annual income for professional dancers in California is about $35,880, and studios, as well as employers such as Disney are always looking for new talent! Pilates instructors earn between $25-$50 per hour in studios and gyms. Picture yourself doing what you love every day – read on to learn more about the programs our college offers.

A sampling of courses for these careers

Modern Dance
Classical Dance of India
Appreciation of Dance

Human Anatomy/Physiology
Kinesiology for Dance
Dance Composition

Did you know?

Projected employment for dance performers in California is expected to increase by 12 percent through 2024, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Program Details

Complete one of our certificate programs, and you’ll be well-prepared to enter a career in dance, and earn an associate degree for even greater advancement opportunities.

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In less than 2 years
you can earn:
Certificate of Achievement

Become qualified as an instructor in ballet, modern, jazz, tap and world dance forms in private studios, recreation or other community dance programs. Train for positions in the commercial and artistic areas of dance. View program detail in course catalog.

Prepare to work as an instructor in a private studio, recreation or other community dance program, or serve as a consultant, lecturer or performer specializing in ethnic dance forms. Learn Mid-Eastern, Flamenco, Spanish classical, East Indian and African dance. View program detail in course catalog.

Prepare to teach in a privately owned dance, fitness or Pilates studio, recreational facility or health club. Learn theory and technique, using Pilates apparatus in courses taught by Pilates-certified specialists, and how to determine appropriate conditioning programs for people of all ages and physical conditions. View program detail in course catalog.

Build on your certificate
of achievement with a:
Certificate of Specialization

Or earn your
associate degree
in under 4 years

Complete the Dance Instructor Certificate of Achievement and the Associate in Science graduation requirements to earn an associate degree. Become qualified as an instructor in ballet, modern, jazz, tap and world dance forms in private studios, recreation or other community dance programs. View program detail in course catalog.

Complete the World Dance Certificate of Achievement and the Associate of Arts graduation requirements to earn an associate degree. Prepare to work as an instructor in a private studio, recreation and other community dance program, or serve as a consultant, lecturer or performer specializing in ethnic dance forms. View program detail in course catalog.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

To enroll in a Career Advantage program, you must first apply for admission to Orange Coast College. To apply, go to the Admissions Application Information webpage and review the information and requirements for admission. A link at the bottom of that page will take you to the CCCApply website, where you will be prompted to create an account so you can begin the application process.

Classes cost $46 per unit for residents of California. Classes vary in their unit value, but an average 3-unit class costs $138. There are additional fees required to register and additional costs associated with each program. Click here to view the estimated total costs of the program in this career cluster.

View this chart for the length of the core program.

This program offers evening courses. For details about offerings in this program, speak to a counselor or consult the class schedule. The class schedule tool searches through all Orange Coast College course offerings and includes a filter for online classes.

You can make an appointment in person, online or by phone.  Click here for more information about Counseling Services and how to make an appointment.

For general questions about enrollment, availability of classes and other services for prospective and current OCC students, call The Answer Center at 714-432-5772. For answers to specific questions you can speak to a counselor or to the faculty member listed on this program page.

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Did you know?

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, people who have a certificate as
their highest level of education earned, on average, 20 percent more than
those whose highest education level is a high school diploma.

Our Team

Jordan Clark

Jordan Clark, M.S.

Career Technical Education & Career Services Outreach Specialist

Katie Ottoson

Katie Ottoson, M.S.

Counselor, CTE and
Career Services

Will Thai

Counselor, Visual and Performing Arts Programs

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