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Almost every culture on earth engages in some form of dance, and it’s easy to see why. Dance brings people together. It’s one language everyone can understand, and you’ve been speaking it your whole life. You live to express yourself through movement and evoke emotion in audiences of all kinds. 

A career as a dancer can take many forms. MCC’s courses in dance technique, choreography, dance education, and the performing arts will prepare you for a career as a performer, choreographer, and/or dance teacher in a variety of settings, working with professional dance companies, private instruction, dance studios, city and afterschool programs, sports teams, cruise ships and theme parks.

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Academic Career
Credit
Degree/Certificate Type
Associate Degree / University Transfer
Academic Plan
Associate in Arts, Fine Arts - Dance (AAFA-Dance)
Academic Plan Code
8103
Total Credits Required
51–89
Catalog Year
2018-2019

Transfer Pathways

This pathway map can lead to multiple transfer pathway options.

A list of available transfer options for the Dance program
Transfer Partner Degree Type Transfer Program
Grand Canyon University Bachelor of Arts Dance
Grand Canyon University Bachelor of Arts Dance Education

What You’ll Learn

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

  • Demonstrate a use of artistic and technical elements of physical expression that lead to performance artistry.
  • Develop technical proficiency of various dance styles based on sound kinesiological principles.
  • Integrate historical and cultural knowledge of various dance styles throughout the world with movement practices and performances.
  • Critically evaluate choreography and technique and be able to communicate feedback using thoughtful written and oral dialogue.
  • Produce and direct an original piece of choreography that utilizes a lighting schematic, costume design, and music theory to emphasize the artistic intention of the piece.
  • Use dance to encourage civic engagement through collaborations, teaching, and performances.

Career Opportunities

With natural talent and a desire to entertain, you can apply your passion for dance to a career in a number of different environments.

This pathway map can lead to a variety of different occupations and industries. Below is a sampling of some of the possible positions and Arizona-based salaries related to this pathway map. Some of the opportunities presented below may require either a bachelor degree or a post-graduate level education.

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.

Course Sequence by Term

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

  • 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 placement tests and completion of 100-200 level course pre-/corequisites and program prerequisites.
  • Students should meet with an academic advisor about any concerns that may affect course enrollment.

Term 1

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 1
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
11-20
DAN+++ Any DAN Technique Course(s) Critical course Part II Courses 2–4
DAN150 or
DAN155 or
DAN250 or
DAN255 or
Part III Course
Dance Performance I or Dance Performance II or Dance Performance III or Dance Performance IV or Any Course from Part III 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 1–2
DAH101 or
Part IV Advised Course
Introduction to Dance Through History or Advised Course(s) from Part IV Critical course Gateway course DAH101 carries the HU Value 1–3
DAN221 or
DAN210 or
DAN264 or
Part IV Advised Course
Rhythmic Awareness I or Dance Production I or Choreography I or Advised Course(s) from Part IV Critical course 1–3
ENG101 or
ENG107
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL 3
MAT140 or
MAT141 or
MAT142 or
COM100 or
COM110 or
COM225 or
COM230
College Mathematics or College Mathematics or College Mathematics or Introduction to Human Communication or Interpersonal Communication or Public Speaking or Small Group Communication MAT140 carries the MA Value or MAT141 carries the MA Value or MAT142 carries the MA Value or COM100 carries the SB Value or COM110 carries the SB Value or COM225 carries the L Value or COM230 carries the SB Value 3–5
Meet with Residential Dance Faculty Member prior to course enrollment.

Term 2

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 2
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
11-23
DAN+++ Any DAN Technique Course(s) Critical course Part II Courses 2–4
DAN150 or
DAN155 or
DAN250 or
DAN255 or
Part III Course
Dance Performance I or Dance Performance II or Dance Performance III or Dance Performance IV or Any Course from Part III Critical course Gateway course 1–2
DAH101 or
Part IV Advised Course
Introduction to Dance Through History or Any Advised Course from Part IV Critical course Gateway course DAH101 carries the HU Value 1–3
DAN221 or
DAN210 or
DAN264 or
Part IV Advised Course
Rhythmic Awareness I or Dance Production I or Choreography I or Advised Course(s) from Part IV Critical course 1–3
ENG102 or
ENG108
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL 3
MAT140 or
MAT141 or
MAT142 or
COM100 or
COM110 or
COM225 or
COM230
College Mathematics or College Mathematics or College Mathematics or Introduction to Human Communication or Interpersonal Communication or Public Speaking or Small Group Communication MAT140 carries the MA Value or MAT141 carries the MA Value or MAT142 carries the MA Value or COM100 carries the SB Value or COM110 carries the SB Value or COM225 carries the L Value or COM230 carries the SB Value 3–5
CRE101 College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking CRE101 carries the L Value 0–3
Meet with Residential Dance Faculty Member prior to course enrollment.

Term 3

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 3
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
14-22
DAN+++ Dance Production I Critical course Part II Courses 2–4
DAN150 or
DAN155 or
DAN250 or
DAN255 or
Part III Advised Course
Dance Performance I or Dance Performance II or Dance Performance III or Dance Performance IV or Advised Course from Part III Critical course Gateway course 1–2
Part IV Advised Course Advised Course from Part IV if still needed 0–3
DAN221 or
DAN210 or
DAN264 or
Part IV Advised Course
Rhythmic Awareness I or Dance Production I or Choreography I or Advised Course from Part IV if still needed Critical course 1–3
DAH101 or
DAH201 or
DAH250 or
DAH255 or
CS
Introduction to Dance Through History or World Dance Studies or Dance in Popular Culture or Hip Hop: Arts, Aesthetic and Culture or Computer/Statistics/Quantitative Applications Gateway course DAH101 carries the HU Value or DAH201 carries the G, HU Values or DAH250 carries the C, HU Values or DAH255 carries the C, HU, & L Values 3
SB Social and Behavioral Sciences (SB) Course 3
BIO160 or
BIO201
Introduction to Human Anatomy and Physiology or Human Anatomy and Physiology I BIO160 carries the SG Value or BIO201 carries the SG Value 4
Meet with Residential Dance Faculty Member prior to course enrollment.

Term 4

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 4
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
18-24
DAN+++ Any DAN Tech Part II Courses 2–4
DAN150 or
DAN155 or
DAN250 or
DAN255 or
Part III Course
Dance Performance I or Dance Performance II or Dance Performance III or Dance Performance IV or Any Course from Part III Critical course Gateway course 1–2
Part IV Advised Course Advised Part IV Course if Still Needed 0–3
DAN221 or
DAN210 or
DAN264 or
Part IV Course
Rhythmic Awareness I or Dance Production I or Choreography I or Any Part IV Course if Still Needed Critical course 3
DAH101 or
DAH201 or
DAH250 or
DAH255 or
CS
Introduction to Dance Through History or World Dance Studies or Dance in Popular Culture or Hip Hop: Arts, Aesthetic and Culture or Computer/Statistics/Quantitative Applications Critical course Gateway course DAH101 carries the HU Value or DAH201 carries the G, HU Values or DAH250 carries the C, HU Values or DAH255 carries the C, HU, & L Values 3
DAN280 Dance Practicum Critical course 2
SQ Any Natural Sciences (SQ) Course 4
SB & Unfilled Awareness Areas Any Social and Behavioral Sciences (SB) course and Any Unfilled Awareness Area 3
Meet with Residential Dance Faculty Member prior to course enrollment.

Term 1

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 1
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
7-12
DAN+++ Any DAN Technique Course(s) Critical course Part II Courses 2–4
DAN150 or
DAN155 or
DAN250 or
DAN255 or
Part III Course
Dance Performance I or Dance Performance II or Dance Performance III or Dance Performance IV or Any Course from Part III 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 1–2
DAN221 or
DAN210 or
DAN264 or
Part IV Advised Course
Rhythmic Awareness I or Dance Production I or Choreography I or Advised Course(s) from Part IV Critical course 1–3
DAH101 or
ENG101 or
ENG107
Introduction to Dance Through History or First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL Critical course 3

Term 2

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 2
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
7-12
DAN+++ Any DAN Technique Course(s) Critical course Part II Courses 2–4
DAN150 or
DAN155 or
DAN250 or
DAN255 or
Part III Course
Dance Performance I or Dance Performance II or Dance Performance III or Dance Performance IV or Any Course from Part III Critical course Gateway course 1–2
DAN221 or
DAN210 or
DAN264 or
Part IV Advised Course
Rhythmic Awareness I or Dance Production I or Choreography I or Advised Course(s) from Part IV Critical course 1–3
ENG102 or
ENG108 or
CRE101
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL or College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking CRE101 carries the L Value 3

Term 3

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 3
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
4-12
DAN+++ Dance Production I Part II Courses 2–4
DAN150 or
DAN155 or
DAN250 or
DAN255 or
Part III Advised Course
Dance Performance I or Dance Performance II or Dance Performance III or Dance Performance IV or Advised Course from Part III Critical course Gateway course 1–2
DAN221 or
DAN210 or
DAN264 or
Part IV Advised Course
Rhythmic Awareness I or Dance Production I or Choreography I or Any Advised Course from Part IV Critical course 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 0–3

Term 4

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 4
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
7-12
DAN+++ Any DAN Tech 2–4
DAN150 or
DAN155 or
DAN250 or
DAN255 or
Part III Course
Dance Performance I or Dance Performance II or Dance Performance III or Dance Performance IV or Any Course from Part III Critical course Gateway course 1–2
DAN221 or
DAN210 or
DAN264 or
Part IV Advised Course
Rhythmic Awareness I or Dance Production I or Choreography I or Advised Course from Part IV Critical course 1–3
SB & Unfilled Awareness Areas Any Social and Behavioral Sciences (SB) course and Any Unfilled Awareness Area 3

Term 5

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 5
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
4-7
DAN+++ or
DAN150 or
DAN155 or
DAN250 or
DAN255 or
Part III Course
Any DAN Technique course or Dance Performance I or Dance Performance II or Dance Performance III or Dance Performance IV or Any Course from Part III Critical course 4
DAN221 or
DAN210 or
DAN264 or
Part IV Advised Course
Rhythmic Awareness I or Dance Production I or Choreography I or Advised Part IV Course if Still Needed Critical course 0–3

Term 6

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 6
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
4-7
DAN+++ or
DAN150 or
DAN155 or
DAN250 or
DAN255 or
Part III Course
Any DAN Technique Course(s) or Dance Performance I or Dance Performance II or Dance Performance III or Dance Performance IV or Any Course from Part III Critical course 4
DAN221 or
DAN210 or
DAN264 or
Part IV Course
Rhythmic Awareness I or Dance Production I or Choreography I or Advised Course(s) from Part IV if still needed Critical course DAH255 carries the C, HU, & L Values 0–3

Term 7

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 7
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
9-13
DAN+++ Any DAN Course Part II Courses 2–4
DAN150 or
DAN155 or
DAN250 or
DAN255 or
Part III Course
Dance Performance I or Dance Performance II or Dance Performance III or Dance Performance IV or Any Course from Part III Critical course Gateway course 0–2
BIO160 or
BIO201
Introduction to Human Anatomy and Physiology or Human Anatomy and Physiology I BIO160 carries the SG Value or BIO201 carries the SG Value 4
DAH101 or
DAH201 or
DAH250 or
DAH255
Introduction to Dance Through History or World Dance Studies or Dance in Popular Culture or Hip Hop: Arts, Aesthetic and Culture Critical course DAH201 carries the G, HU Values or DAH250 carries the C, HU Values 3

Term 8

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 8
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
7-13
DAN+++ Any DAN Technique Course(s) Critical course 2–4
DAN150 or
DAN155 or
DAN250 or
DAN255 or
Part III Course
Dance Performance I or Dance Performance II or Dance Performance III or Dance Performance IV or Any Course from Part III Critical course 0–2
DAN280 Dance Practicum 2
MAT140 or
MAT141 or
MAT142
College Mathematics or College Mathematics or College Mathematics MAT140 carries the MA Value or MAT141 carries the MA Value or MAT142 carries the MA Value 3–5

Term 9

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 9
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
6
COM100 or
COM110 or
COM225 or
COM230
Introduction to Human Communication or Interpersonal Communication or Public Speaking or Small Group Communication COM100 carries the SB Value or COM110 carries the SB Value or COM225 carries the L Value or COM230 carries the SB Value 3
CS Computer/Statistics/Quantitative Applications 3

Term 10

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 10
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
4-7
SB OR L Social and Behavioral Sciences (SB) or Literacy & Critical Inquiry Course (L) if still needed 0–3
SQ Any Natural Sciences (SQ) Course 4

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Program Area Key

  • Critical Rdg = Critical Reading
  • FYC = First Year Composition
  • HU = Humanities, Arts and Design
  • Mathematics = Mathematics
  • NS = Natural Science
  • Oral Comm = Oral Communication
  • PP = Program Prerequisite
  • SB = Social-Behavioral Sciences
  • RC = Required Courses
  • RE = Restricted Electives

Disclaimer

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

This Course Sequence is a “shared” program or a program that is offered at multiple Maricopa colleges. The colleges offering the program collaborate on the sequencing of the courses. However, since each college may differ in course scheduling and faculty availability, Course Sequences may vary by college, but should not impact program applicability or transfer.

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

All information is administered by the Center for Curriculum and Transfer Articulation at Maricopa County Community College District and published is subject to change without notice. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of information presented, but based on the dynamic nature of the curricular process, course and program information is subject to change in order to reflect the most current information available.

View MCCCD’s program website for the Associate in Arts, Fine Arts - Dance in Associate in Arts, Fine Arts - Dance (http://aztransmac2.asu.edu/cgi-bin/WebObjects/MCCCD.woa/wa/freeForm10?id=135384).

* Salary information comes from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics Program. Updated May 2017.