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Dance Instructor

2 dancers dancing​​The Dance Instructor certificate program trains students for positions in the commercial and artistic areas of dance. Graduates of the program would be qualified as instructors with an emphasis in one of the following: ballet, modern, jazz, tap and world dance forms in private studios, recreation or other community dance programs. The Dance Department also recommends that students complete their General Education Requirements for an Associate Degree. 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 Outcome

Solo dancer on stage

Students will be able to:

  1. Communicate proper dance technique effectively through movement demonstration and verbal cueing, using appropriate corresponding terminology and safety measures.
  2. Successfully teach and perform in one or more of the following styles, including but not limited to: Modern dance, Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Hip Hop or Contemporary dance.

Checklist of Required Courses (2021-22)


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Dance Instructor - Required Courses

  • Kinesiology for Dance (Fall only)
  • Pilates Apparatus & Mat Work, Level 1 or Pilates Apparatus & Mat Work, Level 2
  • Dance Improvisation I (Spring only) or Dance Improvisation II (Spring only)
  • Dance Composition/Choreography I or II or III (Fall only)
  • Music for Dancers
  • Dance Wellness and Injury Prevention
  • Appreciaton of Dance
  • Rehearsal and Performance I or II
  • Dance as a Profession Seminar
  • Dance Methodology
  • Repertoire I or II
  • Dance Internship I
  • Dance Internship II

Select one of the following:

  • Jazz Dance III
  • Jazz Dance IV
  • Preparation for Audition - Jazz

Select one of the following:

  • Ballet III
  • Ballet IV
  • Preparation for Audition - Ballet

Select one of the following:

  • Modern Dance III
  • Modern Dance IV
  • Preparation for Audition - Modern

Select one of the following:

  • Tap 1
  • Tap 2
  • Tap III
  • Tap IV
  • Preparation for Audition - Tap

Select three units of dance techniques from at least two different dance styles:

  • African Dance and Drumming I
  • African Dance and Drumming II
  • African Dance and Drumming III
  • Contemporary Commercial Dance
  • Contemporary Commercial Dance 2
  • Flamenco Dance 1
  • Flamenco Dance 2
  • Flamenco Dance 3
  • Flamenco Dance 4
  • Hip-Hop Dance I
  • Hip-Hop Dance II
  • Hip-Hop Dance III
  • Hip-Hop Dance 4
  • Latin Dance Styles I
  • Latin Dance Styles II
  • Latin Dance Styles III
  • Mid-Eastern Dance 1
  • Mid-Eastern Dance 2
  • Mid-Eastern Dance 3
  • Mid-Eastern Dance 4
  • Polynesian Dance
  • Polynesian Dance 2

Suggested Electives:

  • Anatomy-Physiology
  • Introduction to Business
  • Personal Financial Success
  • Interpersonal Communication
  • Pilates Methodology
  • Creativity for Children
  • Health Education
  • Fitness and Health
  • Child Growth and Development
  • Introduction to Psychology
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