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Contact the Program Director

Tina P. Rangel

Residential Faculty - Dance and Exercise Science


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.


Want to pursue a bachelor’s degree? 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.

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

Career Opportunities

The Dance program can lead to a variety of different occupations and industries. Below are a sampling of some of the possible positions and Arizona-based salaries related to this program.

Example job titles with salary information
Occupation / Title Annual Median Wage
Secondary School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education $46,470
Self-Enrichment Education Teachers $37,790
Salary information comes from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics Program. Updated May 2017.

Financial Aid

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