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Contact the Program Director

Tina P. Rangel

Residential Faculty - Dance and Exercise Science


480-461-7551 (alternate)

Office: ES 9 - Room: 105

This program is part of the Exercise Science Department.

The roar of applause as you effortlessly glide across the stage. The bolt of exhilaration as an entire troupe moves in perfect synch under your command. The swell of pride as you watch your pupil’s first recital. This is what it means to have a career in dance.

Dance is the art of human motion. It transforms images, ideas, and feelings into movement sequences that are personally and socially significant. Dance organizes body energy within space and time, and often draws upon the power of music, literature, drama, and the visual arts. It is a natural means of communication and expression that integrates movement, feeling, and intellect.

The Dance program at MCC offers a variety of fun, exciting, and challenging classes to suit every level of dancer -- from beginner to professional. You’ll study the history of dance, gain valuable behind-the-scenes production skills, and master dance technique. Classes cover a variety of dance styles, from jazz to ballet to modern. A career in dance begins at MCC.

Career Profile

Quick Stats

Example Titles
Professional Dancer
Dance Teacher
Types of Employers
Entertainment Industry
Cruise Ships
Professional Dance Companies
Dance Studios

Statistics show that dance audiences are growing faster than any other art form. In fact, there are 10 times more dance companies today than in the 1970’s, which means dance has never been more diverse, eclectic, challenging, and exciting.

As a dance graduate, you may find employment in a variety of areas, like dance productions, on cruise ships, or with professional dance companies. If you’re looking to share your expertise, a career as a choreographer, dance teacher, or community program manager might be an ideal fit.

Available Associate Degree

A list of available degrees and certificates offered in the Dance program
Degree / Certificate Title Courses
Associate in Arts, Fine Arts - Dance (AA-Dance)    Associate in Arts, Fine Arts - Dance (AA-Dance) see an advisor

Get Your Associate Degree Online

An associate degree for this program is available online (denoted with a   icon above). Online learning is a convenient, flexible alternative to traditional classes. Learn more about the benefits of earning your associate degree online.

Transfer to a University

A list of available transfer options for the Dance program
At MCC, get an... Transfer to... To get a...
Associate in Arts, Fine Arts - Dance Arizona State University Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance
Associate in Arts, Fine Arts - Dance University of Arizona Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance
Associate in Arts, Fine Arts - Dance Arizona State University Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance Education
Associate in Arts, Fine Arts - Dance Grand Canyon University Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance Education

Meet with an Advisor

Before signing up for classes, you’ll want to meet with an academic advisor. Together, you’ll lay out an academic plan that suits you best. This step is essential to your academic success.

Advising for the Dance program is available from Tina Rangel at 480-461-7597. She will help you determine the exact courses you need to get the education you’re looking for.