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This program is part of the Exercise Science Department.
Do you love expressing your emotions through artistic movement? If the artistic outlet that dance offers appeals to you, then you should consider a career in the performing arts industry. We offer two pathways in the Dance program.
If you’d like to pursue a career in dance performance, choreography, teaching, and fitness instruction, consider the AAFA in Dance, which provides the first two years of a four-year curriculum. You'll have the opportunity to become skilled at incorporating kinesthetic and somatic principles of movement into various dance styles, as well as apply artistic elements to your dance like intention, movement quality, connection, musicality, and so much more! We will teach you how to critically analyze and evaluate choreography, technique, and performance, and provide written and oral feedback.
If you’d like to diversify your dance portfolio, consider the AAS in Dance Performance and Technology, which integrates performance, technology, kinesiology, and real world application into the Dance program. Our goal is to teach you how to survive in the 21st century dance industry with conservatory style dance training coupled with practical skills outside of the studio to support a career in the arts. We provide training in dance theory, technique, performance, dance for camera, and production. You’ll also have the opportunity to learn how to edit and create digital music, create marketing materials, and use computer technology for the dance industry.
Make your dreams happen today with the Dance program!
University Transfer Degree
Want to pursue a bachelor’s degree at a university? Save money by starting at MCC in manageable, small classes taught by renowned faculty. Our transfer pathways with Arizona universities help you achieve two goals: completing an associate’s degree while also staying on track to earn a bachelor’s degree at your transfer destination. MCC’s university partnerships throughout the nation assure your seamless transition toward a four-year degree.
|At MCC, get an...||Emphasis in...||Transfer to...||To get a...||Courses|
|Associate in Arts, Fine Arts, Emphasis in Dance||Dance||Grand Canyon University||
(Bachelor of Arts)
|Grand Canyon University||
(Bachelor of Arts)
Successful completion of a degree or certificate within the Dance program 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*. Some occupations may require additional education or training. You can click on any occupation to view more detail regarding education level, wages, and employment information.
$49,296 Show expanded career information for Choreographers
$47,473 Show expanded career information for Dancers
Postsecondary Art, Drama, and Music Teachers
$63,538 Show expanded career information for Postsecondary Art, Drama, and Music Teachers
Secondary School Teachers
$60,137 Show expanded career information for Secondary School Teachers
Self-Enrichment Education Teachers
$45,889 Show expanded career information for Self-Enrichment Education Teachers
Stage, Motion Picture, Television, and Radio Directors
$55,628 Show expanded career information for Stage, Motion Picture, Television, and Radio Directors
You can get a high-quality, affordable education. MCC’s low tuition rates and various financial aid opportunities make it possible. Explore federal and state grants, Federal Work-Study, scholarships, student loans, and other options today.
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 Julie Freeman. She will help you determine the exact courses you need to get the education you’re looking for.