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El Camino’s associate degree program in dance offers you a foundation in the theory, history, technique, and art of dance. Prepare for an entry-level job in dance right after graduation or transfer to a four-year degree program at another school.

Approximate cost for an El Camino College AA degree in dance
Careers associated with this program have a salary range from $18,000 to $187,000 with an average salary of $55,000
Career opportunities for this program are expected to grow 6.5% nationwide from 2016 to 2026

Our Dance Associate of Arts (AA) degree takes up to two years to complete. 

There are many ways to pursue an exciting career in the field of dance. We’ll help you discover your options.

Choose a Degree Designed for a Dance Career or Transfer

Many El Camino dance students want to start their careers as soon as possible. Others aim to continue their education at a four-year college or university. We offer options perfect for either goal.

Dance Associate of Arts (AA) Degree

This degree prepares you for a job in dance, whether you choose performing or working on production details. You will also find the training and education needed to transfer and continue your studies at four-year college or university.

  • Learn from experienced and certificated instructors who are active dance professionals.
  • Practice a variety of dance styles such as ballet, modern, jazz, Latin social, American social, ballroom, African, Mexican, world, tap, hip-hop, and more.
  • Develop technical, interpretive, and expressive abilities through a structured program that includes core techniques, historical and contemporary styles, choreography, performance, and dance history.
  • Refine your skills in El Camino’s three state-of-the-art dance studios complete with Marley flooring and fixed-wall ballet barres. Additional free-standing ballet barres, Pilates reformers, and dance conditioning equipment are also available.
  • Meet most common transfer requirements.
“I needed to go somewhere where I could just learn. That’s when I came to El Camino, and it has been amazing. The most important thing is that I can grow and be myself.”

Pursue an Entry-Level Job in Dance or Further Education

As an El Camino dance graduate, you’ll be ready to work in a dance-related field or transfer to a bachelor’s degree program at another school. We can help you gain the training, skills, and experience to be successful in any path you choose.

  • Work as a professional dancer/choreographer for stage, television, or film; or try costume, lighting, or set design.
  • Explore careers as a dance teacher or dance therapist, or as a dance company director/artistic director.
  • Start your journey toward a bachelor’s degree in dance.
  • Careers associated with this program have a salary range from $18,000 to $187,000 with an average salary of $55,000.
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Find Opportunities Outside of the Dance Studio and Classroom

El Camino is a great place to network, practice your skills, find entry-level jobs in your areas of interest, or transfer.

  • Take advantage of the many opportunities to demonstrate your performance techniques and artistic skills in one of El Camino’s formal dance performances or informal dance showings, as a dancer, choreographer, or crew member.
  • Gain experience in professional costuming and lighting during formal performances, where you also work closely with professional guest artists in a live theater environment.
  • Network with experienced instructors who are active dance professionals in the area.
  • El Camino’s proximity to Los Angeles/Hollywood offers a variety of internship/employment opportunities in film and theater.
  • Attend master classes, events, and special events through our Center for the Arts.
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Academic Details

Learn about course requirements and more about the Dance AA in El Camino’s online catalog.

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Dance Program Maps

Find semester-by-semester plans that chart your path to a Dance AA degree

Dance Faculty


Classes taught: Improvisation; Choreography; Begining Modern Dance, Dance Appreciation, Dance Concert Ensemble

JONATHAN BRYANT is a Full-time Instructor of Dance at ECC. As a Los Angeles dance artist he has over 15 years of experience as a performer, choreographer and educator. He has worked with LA based groups Invertigo Dance Theatre and Rosanna Gamson/ World Wide as well as Momix and commercial artists and companies such as Sattyananda, Shoreh, Vixen, Nathan Burton, and Dick Foster Productions. Jonathan received his MFA in Choreography from the California Institute of the Arts and his BFA in Dance Performance from Shenandoah University. He is fascinated by dance in all its many forms and is driven to create works that generate infectious wonder and share his curiosity in those things that stir the soul.

Classes Taught; Beginning Dance, Intermediate Modern, Choreography; Dance Appreciation

Kim Borgaro is a professional dancer, choreographer and dynamic teacher. As amember of the Lula Washington Dance Theater she appeared in the 2000 EmmyAwards along with numerous nationwide performances. Kim also danced forfamed director Zina Bethune in her multimedia productions “Frost & Fire” in 2007and “Silent Roar” in 2010. She is also known for her partnership with Robert Gilliamwhom she has danced for and assisted in numerous productions including 3 LosAngeles Kaleidoscope Festivals and also his grant recipient debut “Graffiti” at theEl Portal Theater. Kim has taught, choreographed and performed in Hong Kong,Brazil, Australia and Canada as well as New York, Los Angeles and many other UScities. She has performed in music videos and commercials for Lionel Richie,Stevie Wonder, and Michael Jacskson, to name a few.

Kim has always been passionate about dance, music and art and also has speciallove for working and teaching dance. Kim is on faculty at El Camino College whereshe has taught for over 16 years and serves as a judge and instructor for SpotlightDance. In 2011 she co-founded On The Edge Dance Youth Dance Ensemble, apre-professional dance company for dancers ages 8-18. In 2014 she opened OnThe Edge Dance Studio with partner Robert Gilliam.

Classes: Beginning Jazz, Intermediate Jazz

 VALERIE CABAG, a Southern California native, attended the University of California, Irvine, where she earned her M.F.A. in Dance. There, she studied the art of dance for the camera and taught Jazz and Tap to UCI students. Prior to attending graduate school, Valerie attended the University of California, Riverside, where she earned her B.A. in Dance.Valerie has taught many forms of dance, including jazz, hip hop, tap, modern, contemporary, Afro-Caribbean, dance for theater, and many more.Along with teaching, she has choreographed for various studios and dance teams in the Inland Empire, Orange County, and Los Angeles area. Valerie is currently a faculty member at Fullerton College, Cerritos College and El Camino College. Valerie has had the privilege of working with such choreographers as Susan Rose, Wendy Rogers, Donald McKayle, Erin Landry, Arthur Ross, Marie Hoffman, Keisha Clark-Booth, Robin Conrad, and Melanie Rosa.She has also taught at the American College Dance Association Southwest Region and was adjudicated in the 2015 ACDA Baja Region Conference at California State University, Long Beach.Valerie is the Founder and Artistic Director of Vicious Circle Dance Company. Each member of the company is actively working towards, or has completed, a degree in Dance. Vicious Circle has performed all over California and was one of the featured companies in the 2015 Pasadena Dance Festival, Works in the Works, Temecula Dance Xchange, and many more.

Classes: Commercial Dance, Jazz Dance

Karin Lynge Jensen is an award winning choreographer, and the artistic director of Mandala Danceworks. Karin holds a BA and MFA in Dance from the University of California, Irvine, and has been dancing since the tender age of 3! She began with formal studies in Ballet, Jazz, Modern and Tap, and dancing for numerous companies when she was a young girl. 

Following her college education and graduate studies, Karin entered the academic world to teach, and has been teaching Dance and Movement for over 30 years. To follow and engage her own muse, Karin has also been deeply invested in directing and choreographing for her own dance companies since 1983, with provocative live performances and pushing the envelope of modern choreography being the prime directives. In 2003, Karin happened to see American Tribal Style belly dance during a trip to San Francisco, and was immediately enamored with the energy, costumes, and sense of sisterhood that radiated from it. An organic metamorphosis began, with Karin immersing herself into Belly dance study and activity, which continues today. 

She has extensive workshop and class experience, and danced with Leela and LSJ. She is certified with Ansuya in general skills and with Carolena Nericcio in both general skills and teacher training. Karin continues to study, at any opportunity, to enrich her own body knowledge and for the pure enjoyment of the movement.

Classes: Pilates Mat; Pilates, Beginning Tap, Intermediate Tap

Contact Info

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Dance Department