Associate of Arts in Dance (AA)

Division: Physical Education

This degree prepares students for entry-level employment and/or potential further study in the field of Dance through the study of ballet, modern, jazz, current dance trends, musical theatre, and choreography. Students will acquire skills in teaching, skill analysis, terminology, presentation, flexibility, strength and endurance.

Program Outcomes

  • Choreograph dance combinations using specified lines, design, technique and/or vocabulary in solo, duet, and group work.
  • Students will possess a mastery of the terminology, technical skill, and the performance artistry of the specific theatrical dance styles.
  • Apply aesthetic principles and critical thinking skills in the creation, performance and analysis of dance.
  • Evaluate theatrical forms of dance as an artistic medium of communication.
  • Students will possess knowledge of technical skills and vocabulary that are germane to various dance styles.

Career Opportunities

Upon successful completion of this degree, students will be prepared for careers or employment in the following fields: private dance studios, recreation programs, after school programs, dance drill/auxiliary teams, fitness gyms, cheerleading, entertainment parks, or with semiprofessional or professional theater or dance companies.


This degree is not designed for transfer; however, the courses included in this degree may be transferable and apply to other degrees designed for transfer.

 Program Requirements

College of the Sequoias' Associate Degree General Education (COS-GE) *
ART 001Art Appreciation *3
DANC 050Ballet 11
DANC 051Ballet 21
DANC 055Modern Dance 21
DANC 056Contemporary Dance1
DANC 058Jazz Dance 11
DANC 059Jazz Dance 21
DANC 080Choreography1
DANC 082Contemporary Dance 21
DANC 085Dance Production 11
MUS 010Music Appreciation3
Select six units from the following courses:
DANC 041Musical Theatre Performance - Dance2
DANC 054Modern Dance 11
DANC 061Jazz Dance Styles 21
DANC 062Tap Dancing 11
DANC 063Tap Dancing 21
DANC 070Hip Hop1
DANC 071Dance Crew1
DANC 081Studies in Choreography1
DANC 160Jazz Dance Styles1
DRAM 017Makeup3
PEAC 060Varsity Performance 12
PEAC 061Varsity Performance 22
Select additional degree applicable courses numbered 1-299 to achieve 60 units

Courses meet General Education requirements and 3 units may double count above in COS-GE.

The Associate Degree requirements include completion of the:

  1. Required major courses and restricted elective courses with a "C" or better grade in each course (required and restricted elective courses may be substituted with the approval of the Division Chair),
  2. General Education requirements,
  3. Subject requirements including PE, Health & Wellness, and American Institutions, and
  4. A minimum of 60 units of degree applicable courses numbered 1-299, at least 12 of which must be taken in residence at College of the Sequoias, with a "C" (2.0) average (see Associate Degree Requirements for additional details).