Theatre Dance Degree

Associate of Arts
Dance

The theatre curricula are planned to provide a fundamental course of study and training in basic skills for students who plan to continue study at a four-year institution, expect to enter a professional training program in theatre or dance, or wish to seek professional employment in theatre, dance, or related areas. Three areas of concentration are offered: dance, theatre performance, and theatre technical. Completion of all requirements for any one of the areas of concentration will lead to the award of the AA in arts and sciences.

This area of concentration is offered for the student who plans to transfer to a four-year institution to study for a baccalaureate degree with a major in dance or plans to seek a career in dance, musical theatre, or a dance-related field after completing this program.

Program Outcomes

Upon completion of this program a student will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of dance as a performing art and a cultural form through performance, choreography, and written and oral work based in history, anthropology, and aesthetics.
  • Demonstrate second-year (intermediate) level mastery of a variety of dance techniques, including ballet, modern dance, and jazz dance through performance and journal-keeping.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of basic rhythmic and composition concepts through choreography and performance.

Program Advising

Academic advising helps students reach their educational and career goals. Meet with your academic advisor regularly to discuss your academic plans and make sure you are on track to graduate and/or transfer.  

Transfer Opportunities

MC has a long history of successfully preparing students for transfer to four-year institutions. See all transfer agreements.

Careers

Some careers in this field include actors, producers and directors. among others. 

Curriculum

Suggested Course Sequence: Dance

A suggested course sequence for full-time students in Dance follows

All students should review the advising guide and consult an advisor. Most courses have either assessment levels that must be met or prerequisites (courses that must be taken first). Part-time students and those who need to meet assessment levels or take prerequisite courses will take longer to complete a degree. An advisor will help make sure you are taking your courses in the right order.

All degree-seeking students must take a central group of General Education courses in English, mathematics, arts, behavioral and social sciences, humanities, and science. These courses are included in the suggested course sequence below.


Suggested Course Sequence


A suggested course sequence for full-time students follows. All students should review the Program Advising Guide and consult an advisor.

First Semester


  • THET 122 - Performance Production  1 semester hour
  • Health foundation 1 semester hour (HLTF)
  • Mathematics foundation 3 semester hours (MATF)
  • PHED 101-199 elective 2 semester hours

Second Semester


  • THET 122 - Performance Production  1 semester hour
  • DANC 101 2 semester hours-DANC 107 2 semester hours Ballet I - Tap Dance I 2-3 semester hours
  • English foundation 3 semester hours (ENGF)
  • Natural sciences distribution with lab 4 semester hours (NSLD)
  • DANC elective 3 semester hours

Third Semester


  • THET 122 - Performance Production  1 semester hour          
  • DANC 201 3 semester hours-DANC 108 3 semester hours Ballet III - Tap Dance II 3 semester hours
  • Behavioral and social sciences distribution 3 semester hours (BSSD)**
  • Humanities distribution 3 semester hours (HUMD)
  • DANC elective 3 semester hours ‡‡‡

Fourth Semester


  • THET 205 - Movement for the Performer  3 semester hours
  • DANC 201 3 semester hours-DANC 108 3 semester hours Ballet III - Tap Dance II 3 semester hours
  • Arts or humanities distribution 3 semester hours (ARTD or HUMD)
  • Behavioral and social sciences distribution 3 semester hours (BSSD) **
  • Natural sciences distribution 3 semester hours (NSND)

* ENGL 101/ENGL 101A , if needed, for ENGL 102/ENGL 103 or elective.

** Behavioral and Social Science Distribution (BSSD) courses must come from different disciplines.

*** Course must be taken three times for credit.

† Select from the following program electives: THET 114 , THET 118 , THET 216 , or THET 230 .

‡ Select courses for a total of 6 credits from the following dance technique 100-level courses: DANC 101 , DANC 102 , DANC 103 , DANC 104 , DANC 105 , DANC 106 , DANC 107 , DANC 108 .

‡ ‡ Select courses for a total of 6 credits from the following dance technique 200-level courses: DANC 201 , DANC 202 , DANC 203 , DANC 204 , DANC 205 , DANC 206 .

During the whole program at least three credits, elementary level or higher, must be taken in each area: ballet, modern dance, jazz dance.

Consult a DANC adviser upon entering the program.


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