Associate in Arts, Fine Arts, Emphasis in Dance

The Associate in Arts, Fine Arts (AAFA), Emphasis in Dance provides the first two years of a four-year curriculum for students who intend to specialize in dance. With an associate degree, students may pursue a number of careers, including but not limited to, dance performance, choreography, dance studio instruction, and fitness instruction. Upon completion of a bachelor`s degree, students may pursue a career in several areas including a dance education at the secondary level, artistic direction, and stage management. Upon completion of a graduate degree, students may pursue a career in dance education at the post-secondary level.

Details

Field of Interest
Visual and Performing Arts
Degree Type
Associate in Arts, Fine Arts (AAFA)
Academic Plan
Associate in Arts, Fine Arts, Emphasis in Dance (DEG)
Academic Plan Code
8312
Total credits required
63-95
Catalog Year
2023-2024
Effective Term
Fall 2023
Notes

Students must earn a grade of C or better in all courses within the program.

Students should meet with a residential dance faculty member each semester prior to enrollment for the following semester.

Students must attain a level III competency in Ballet (DAN 231++) and Modern (DAN 232++) before they can graduate. Placement into these classes and Level III competency is determined by the Dance Residential Faculty.

Students should enroll in two DAN technique courses each semester.

Enrollment in some courses may require an audition and/or permission of instructor.

All DAN technique courses can be repeated for credit.

Students at any Maricopa Community College may need to complete courses at more than one of our colleges.

What You'll Learn

This pathway map will help you gain the expertise needed to:

  1. Demonstrate technical proficiency by incorporating kinesthetic and somatic principles of movement in various dance styles.
  2. Apply and analyze artistic elements including intention, movement quality, breath, connection, phrasing, self-awareness, and musicality while performing.
  3. Correlate historical and cultural knowledge of various dance styles and approaches to movement practices and performance.
  4. Use critical and creative thinking skills in the composition of choreography.
  5. Critically analyze and evaluate choreography, technique, and performance and be able to communicate feedback using thoughtful written and oral dialogue.
  6. Integrate choreography with production elements in professional-level dance performance.
  7. Practice self-awareness, emotional intelligence, and effective interpersonal skills in group communication and collaboration.
  8. Synthesize the process of learning and the role of personal motivation to set and achieve educational goals.
  9. Engage in dance career exploration and develop skills and materials for self promotion and employment.
  10. Demonstrate ethical and professional behavior appropriate to the field of dance.
  11. Use dance to encourage civic and community engagement.
  12. Apply relevant knowledge, skills, and habits of mind to seek career opportunities in the field.

Successful completion of this degree may lead to employment in a variety of different occupations and industries. Below are examples of related occupations with associated Maricopa County-based annual median wages* for this degree. Education requirements vary for the occupations listed below, so you may need further education or degrees in order to qualify for some of these jobs and earn the related salaries. Please visit with an academic advisor and/or program director for additional information. You can click on any occupation to view the detail regarding education level, wages, and employment information.

Postsecondary Art, Drama, and Music Teachers

$63,340

Stage, Motion Picture, Television, and Radio Directors

$55,628

* Career and wage information provided by Lightcast using data, reports, and forecasts which are generated using government data sources and Lightcast’s proprietary analytical processes. Lightcast’s data covers multiple classes of workers including QCEW, non-QCEW, and those who are self-employed. Disclaimer

Course Sequence by Term

The following is the suggested course sequence by term. Please keep in mind:

  • Students should meet with an academic advisor to develop an individual education plan that meets their academic and career goals. Use the Pathway Planner tool in your Student Center to manage your plan.
  • The course sequence is laid out by suggested term and may be affected when students enter the program at different times of the year.
  • Initial course placement is determined by current district placement measures and/or completion of 100-200 level course and/or program requirements.
  • Degree and transfer seeking students may be required to successfully complete a MCCCD First Year Experience Course (FYE) within the first two semesters at a MCCCD College. Courses include FYE101 and FYE103. Course offerings will vary by college. See an academic, program, or faculty advisor for details.

Full-time Sequence

Full-time status is 12 credits to 18 credits per semester.

A list of additional requirements for this pathway map
Awareness Areas
  • In addition to the requirements identified in the sequence below, students must complete the following awareness areas if not otherwise met by other program requirements:
    • Cultural [C] and
    • Global [G] or Historical [H]
  • Students are strongly encouraged to visit with an academic advisor to ensure completion of all graduation requirements.

Term 1

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 1
Course Number Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
Required Dance Technique Required Dance Technique Course Critical course 2–4
DAN150 or
DAN155 or
DAN250 or
DAN255
Dance Performance I or Dance Performance II or Dance Performance III or Dance Performance IV Critical course Gateway course Note that audition is required. If student doesn't get into DAN150 in Term 1, he/she should audition and take the course in a later term 1
Dance TPC Elective Dance Technique, Performance, or Conservatory Elective Critical course Gateway course Select in consultation with Dance Faculty member 0–3
DAH100 Introduction to Dance Critical course Gateway course HU 3
Dance Theory Elective Dance Theory Elective Critical course Gateway course Select in consultation with Dance Faculty member 1–3
DAN221 or
DAN210 or
DAN264
Rhythmic Awareness I or Dance Production I or Choreography I Critical course 3
ENG101 or
ENG107
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL FYC 3
MAT14+ College Mathematics OR Higher approved general education course in the Mathematical Applications [MA] area MA 3–6
FYE101 or
FYE103
Introduction to College, Career and Personal Success or Exploration of College, Career and Personal Success 1–3

Term 2

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 2
Course Number Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
Required Dance Technique Required Dance Technique Course Critical course 2–4
DAN150 or
DAN155 or
DAN250 or
DAN255
Dance Performance I or Dance Performance II or Dance Performance III or Dance Performance IV Critical course Gateway course 0–1
Dance TPC Elective Dance Technique, Performance, or Conservatory Elective Critical course Gateway course Select in consultation with Dance Faculty member 0–3
Dance Theory Elective Dance Theory Elective Critical course Gateway course Select in consultation with Dance Faculty member 1–3
DAN221 or
DAN210 or
DAN264
Rhythmic Awareness I or Dance Production I or Choreography I Critical course 3
ENG102 or
ENG108
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL FYC 3
COM100 or
COM110 or
COM225 or
COM230
Introduction to Human Communication or Interpersonal Communication or Public Speaking or Small Group Communication COM Requirement, Recommend selecting a course that satisfies COM and SB or COM and L requirements. SB or L 0–3
CRE101 College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking L 0–3
L Literacy & Critical Inquiry Recommend selecting a course that satisfies [L] and (COM) or [L] and CRE101 requirements simultaneously. 3

Term 3

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 3
Course Number Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
Required Dance Technique Required Dance Technique Course Critical course 2–4
DAN150 or
DAN155 or
DAN250 or
DAN255
Dance Performance I or Dance Performance II or Dance Performance III or Dance Performance IV Critical course Gateway course 0–1
Dance TPC Elective Dance Technique, Performance, or Conservatory Elective Select in consultation with Dance Faculty member 0–3
Dance Theory Elective Dance Theory Elective Select in consultation with Dance Faculty member 0–3
DAN221 or
DAN210 or
DAN264
Rhythmic Awareness I or Dance Production I or Choreography I Critical course 3
DAH201 or
DAH250 or
DAH255
Dance, Culture, and Global Contexts or Dance in Popular Culture or Hip Hop: Arts, Aesthetic and Culture Gateway course G, HU or C, HU or C, HU, L 3
SB Social-Behavioral Sciences 3
BIO160 or
BIO201
Introduction to Human Anatomy and Physiology or Human Anatomy and Physiology I SQ or SG 4

Term 4

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 4
Course Number Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
Required Dance Technique Required Dance Technique Course 2–4
DAN150 or
DAN155 or
DAN250 or
DAN255
Dance Performance I or Dance Performance II or Dance Performance III or Dance Performance IV Critical course Gateway course 0–1
Dance TPC Elective Dance Technique, Performance, or Conservatory Elective Select in consultation with Dance Faculty member 0–3
Dance Theory Elective Dance Theory Elective Select in consultation with Dance Faculty member 0–3
CS Computer/Statistics/Quantitative Applications 3
DAN280 Dance Practicum Critical course 2
SG or
SQ
Any Natural Sciences [SG] course or Any Natural Sciences [SQ] course At least four (4) credits must be designated as Natural Sciences (Quantitative) [SQ] SG or SQ 4
SB Social-Behavioral Sciences 3

Part-time Sequence

Part-time status is 11 credit hours or less.

A list of additional requirements for this pathway map
Awareness Areas
  • In addition to the requirements identified in the sequence below, students must complete the following awareness areas if not otherwise met by other program requirements:
    • Cultural [C] and
    • Global [G] or Historical [H]
  • Students are strongly encouraged to visit with an academic advisor to ensure completion of all graduation requirements.

Term 1

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 1
Course Number Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
Required Dance Technique Required Dance Technique Course Critical course HU 2–4
DAN150 or
DAN155 or
DAN250 or
DAN255
Dance Performance I or Dance Performance II or Dance Performance III or Dance Performance IV Critical course Gateway course Note that audition is required. If student doesn't get into DAN150 in Term 1, he/she should audition and take the course in a later term 1
DAN221 or
DAN210 or
DAN264
Rhythmic Awareness I or Dance Production I or Choreography I Critical course Select in consultation with Dance Faculty member 3
DAH100 Introduction to Dance Critical course HU 3
FYE101 or
FYE103
Introduction to College, Career and Personal Success or Exploration of College, Career and Personal Success 1–3

Term 2

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 2
Course Number Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
Required Dance Technique Required Dance Technique Course Critical course 2–4
DAN150 or
DAN155 or
DAN250 or
DAN255
Dance Performance I or Dance Performance II or Dance Performance III or Dance Performance IV Critical course Gateway course 0–1
DAN221 or
DAN210 or
DAN264
Rhythmic Awareness I or Dance Production I or Choreography I Critical course Select in consultation with Dance Faculty member 3
Dance Theory Elective Dance Theory Elective Critical course Select in consultation with Dance Faculty member G, HU 1–3
ENG101 or
ENG107
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL FYC 3

Term 3

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 3
Course Number Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
Required Dance Technique Required Dance Technique Course 2–4
DAN150 or
DAN155 or
DAN250 or
DAN255
Dance Performance I or Dance Performance II or Dance Performance III or Dance Performance IV Critical course Gateway course 0–1
Dance TPC Elective Dance Technique, Performance, or Conservatory Elective Critical course Gateway course Select in consultation with Dance Faculty member 0–3
DAN221 or
DAN210 or
DAN264
Rhythmic Awareness I or Dance Production I or Choreography I Critical course 3
Dance Theory Elective Dance Theory Elective Critical course Select in consultation with Dance Faculty member 1–3
ENG102 or
ENG108
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL ENG102 or ENG108 may be completed in term 3 if still needed FYC 0–3

Term 4

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 4
Course Number Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
Required Dance Technique Required Dance Technique Course 2–4
DAN150 or
DAN155 or
DAN250 or
DAN255
Dance Performance I or Dance Performance II or Dance Performance III or Dance Performance IV Critical course Gateway course 0–1
Dance TPC Elective Dance Technique, Performance, or Conservatory Elective Critical course Gateway course Select in consultation with Dance Faculty member 0–3
Dance Theory Elective Dance Theory Elective Critical course Select in consultation with Dance Faculty member 0–3
CRE101 College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking 0–3
L Literacy & Critical Inquiry Recommend selecting a course that satisfies [L] and (COM) or [L] and CRE101 requirements. 3

Term 5

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 5
Course Number Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
Required Dance Technique Required Dance Technique Course Critical course 1–2
DAN150 or
DAN155 or
DAN250 or
DAN255
Dance Performance I or Dance Performance II or Dance Performance III or Dance Performance IV Critical course 0–1
Dance TPC Elective Dance Technique, Performance, or Conservatory Elective Critical course Select in consultation with Dance Faculty member 0–3
BIO160 or
BIO201
Introduction to Human Anatomy and Physiology or Human Anatomy and Physiology I SQ or SG 4
Dance Theory Elective Dance Theory Elective Critical course Select in consultation with Dance Faculty member 0–3

Term 6

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 6
Course Number Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
Required Dance Technique Required Dance Technique Course Critical course 1–2
DAN150 or
DAN155 or
DAN250 or
DAN255
Dance Performance I or Dance Performance II or Dance Performance III or Dance Performance IV Critical course Gateway course 0–1
Dance TPC Elective Dance Technique, Performance, or Conservatory Elective Critical course Gateway course Select in consultation with Dance Faculty member 0–3
MAT14+ College Mathematics OR Higher approved general education course in the Mathematical Applications [MA] area MA 3–6
DAH201 or
DAH250 or
DAH255
World Dance Studies or Dance in Popular Culture or Hip Hop: Arts, Aesthetic and Culture Critical course G, HU or C, HU or C, HU, L 3

Term 7

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 7
Course Number Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
Required Dance Technique Required Dance Technique Course 1–2
DAN150 or
DAN155 or
DAN250 or
DAN255
Dance Performance I or Dance Performance II or Dance Performance III or Dance Performance IV Critical course Gateway course 0–1
SB Social-Behavioral Sciences 3
COM100 or
COM110 or
COM225 or
COM230
Introduction to Human Communication or Interpersonal Communication or Public Speaking or Small Group Communication COM Requirement, Recommend selecting a course that satisfies COM and SB or COM and L requirements SB or L 0–3

Term 8

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 8
Course Number Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
Required Dance Technique Required Dance Technique Course Critical course 1–2
DAN150 or
DAN155 or
DAN250 or
DAN255
Dance Performance I or Dance Performance II or Dance Performance III or Dance Performance IV Critical course 0–1
DAN280 Dance Practicum Critical course 2
CS Computer/Statistics/Quantitative Applications 3

Term 9

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 9
Course Number Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
SG or
SQ
Any Natural Sciences [SG] course or Natural Sciences Quantitative At least four (4) credits must be designated as Natural Sciences (Quantitative) [SQ] SG or SQ 4
SB Social-Behavioral Sciences 3

Required Dance Technique Courses

Ballet Technique Courses:
Select from the following options to complete a minimum of three (3) and a maximum of eight (8) semester credits. Students must attain Level III competency in Ballet (DAN231 or DAN231AA). Courses may be repeated for credit:
DAN131 Ballet I
DAN134 Ballet II
DAN231 Ballet III
DAN231AA Ballet III: Intensive
DAN234 Ballet IV
DAN234AA Ballet IV: Intensive
 
Modern Technique Courses:
Select from the following options to complete a minimum of three (3) and a maximum of eight (8) semester credits. Students must attain Level III competency in Modern (DAN232 or DAN232AA). Courses may be repeated for credit:
DAN132 Modern Dance I
DAN135 Modern Dance II
DAN232 Modern Dance III
DAN232AA Modern Dance III: Intensive
DAN235 Modern Dance IV
DAN235AA Modern Dance IV: Intensive
 
Jazz Technique Courses:
Select from the following options to complete a minimum of one (1) and a maximum of six (6) semester credits. Courses may be repeated for credit:
DAN133 Jazz Dance I
DAN136 Jazz Dance II
DAN233 Jazz Dance III
DAN233AA Jazz Dance III: Intensive
DAN236 Jazz Dance IV
DAN236AA Jazz Dance IV: Intensive


Dance Technique, Performance, and Conservatory Electives

Select a minimum of two (2) and a maximum of five (5) semester credits of coursework from the following:
DAN102++ Any Hip Hop Course
DAN104++ Any Ballroom Course
DAN105++ Any Swing Course
DAN106++ Any Latin Course
DAN108++ Any Tango Course
DAN120++ Any World Dance Course
DAN129 Musical Theatre Dance I
DAN130 Musical Theatre Dance II
DAN131 Ballet I
DAN132 Modern Dance I
DAN133 Jazz Dance I
DAN134 Ballet II
DAN135 Modern Dance II
DAN136 Jazz Dance II
DAN140 Tap Dance I
DAN141 Dance Workshop
DAN145 Tap Dance II
DAN146 Tap Dance Ensemble
DAN150 Dance Performance I
DAN155 Dance Performance II
DAN164 Improvisation
DAN201++ Special Topics: Dance
DAN202++ Any Hip Hop Course
DAN229 Musical Theatre Dance III
DAN230 Musical Theatre Dance IV
DAN231 Ballet III
DAN231AA Ballet III: Intensive
DAN232 Modern Dance III
DAN232AA Modern Dance III: Intensive
DAN233 Jazz Dance III
DAN233AA Jazz Dance III: Intensive
DAN234 Ballet IV
DAN234AA Ballet IV: Intensive
DAN235 Modern Dance IV
DAN235AA Modern Dance IV: Intensive
DAN236 Jazz Dance IV
DAN236AA Jazz Dance IV: Intensive
DAN237 Ballet Pointe I
DAN240 Tap Dance III
DAN245 Tap Dance IV
DAN250 Dance Performance III
DAN255 Dance Performance IV
DAN290++ Dance Conservatory I
DAN298++ Special Projects
 

Dance Theory Electives

Consult with Residential Dance Faculty to select a minimum of six (6) and a maximum of nine (9) semester credits of coursework from the following except those courses used to fulfill a requirement in the Humanities, Arts and Design [HU] area.
DAH100 Introduction to Dance
DAH190 Discovering Dance Careers
DAH201 World Dance Studies
DAH250 Dance in Popular Culture
DAH255 Hip Hop Arts, Aesthetic and Culture
DAN170 Dance Kinesiology
DAN201++ Special Topics: Dance
DAN220 Dance Career Preparation
DAN265 Choreography II
DAN272 Dance Technology
DAN282++ Service-Learning Experience in Dance
DAN293 Teaching Dance in Elementary Education
DAN294 Teaching Dance in Secondary Education
DAN298++ Special Projects
Course Area Key

Gateway Course = Generally the first major-specific course in a pathway.

Critical Course = A course that is highly predictive of future success in a pathway.

Disclaimer

Students must earn a grade of C or better for all courses required within the program.

Course Sequence total credits may differ from the program information located on the MCCCD curriculum website due to program and system design.

View MCCCD’s official curriculum documentation for additional details regarding the requirements of this award (https://aztransmac2.asu.edu/cgi-bin/WebObjects/MCCCD.woa/wa/freeForm10?id=183309).

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