Dance Degree Requirements


Upon completing the course requirements for this major, the successful student will earn an Associate in Arts Degree in Dance. The transfer program offers a variety of courses in dance technique in the areas of jazz dance, ballet and modern dance. Special areas of dance include social dance, Mexican dance, African dance, tap dance and choreography. Students also have the opportunity to perform in a public departmental dance production each semester in an informal dance showing each semester.

Completion of the dance requirements prepares students to audition for entrance into the third-year level at a four-year college or university or to audition for commercial dance fields of stage, film and television.

A.A. Degree

The degree provides students with a comprehensive foundation in the theory, history, technique, and art of dance. This is fulfilled through a structured program of dance study in the areas of core techniques, historical and contemporary styles, choreography, performance, and dance history. Students will demonstrate their proficiency through technical, interpretive, and expressive competency, research papers, essays, and public performances. Program assessment is measured by public performances, program completion, transferability, and periodic program review. Students qualify to pursue a variety of dance-related careers and advanced degree options.

El Camino College Major Requirements

Theory: Dance 3, 5, 71ab
Technique: Dance 32ab, 42ab;
spacer8 units from Dance 22ab*, 23abcd*, 25abcd, 33abcd, 35abcd, 43abcd; 
spacer4 units from Dance 83abcd, (can be taken a maximum of 3 semesters for major credit), 87abcd**, 89abcd;
spacer3 units from Dance 10, 14ab, 16ab, 18ab, 51ab, 52abcd, 53ab, 54abcd, 61ab, 62abcd;
Strongly recommended: Dance 72abcd

Total Units: 26

It is essential that the transfer student see a counselor for appropriate curriculum.
*Most four-year colleges/universities do not accept jazz for transfer credit.
**Students are advised that at least one semester of Dance 87abcd is required for transfer students.

Preparation for the Transfer Major

For information on specific university major requirements, please obtain a transfer curriculum guide sheet in the Counseling Services Center, consult with your counselor, or visit the Transfer Center. You may use the transfer major requirements to help you fulfill your associate degree requirements.