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Field of Interest

Field of Interest: Visual and Performing Arts

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
62-76
Catalog Year
2019-2020

Transfer Options

This pathway map can lead to multiple transfer 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:

  1. Demonstrate a use of artistic and technical elements of physical expression that lead to performance artistry.
  2. Develop technical proficiency of various dance styles based on sound kinesiological principles.
  3. Integrate historical and cultural knowledge of various dance styles throughout the world with movement practices and performances.
  4. Critically evaluate choreography and technique and be able to communicate feedback using thoughtful written and oral dialogue.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.

Successful completion of the Associate in Arts, Fine Arts - 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* for this program. You can click on any occupation to view the detail regarding education level, wages, and employment information.

Postsecondary Art, Drama, and Music Teachers

$66,473

Stage, Motion Picture, Television, and Radio Directors

$46,865

* Career and wage information provided by Emsi using data, reports, and forecasts which are generated using government data sources and Emsi’s proprietary analytical processes. Emsi’s data covers multiple classes of workers including QCEW, non-QCEW, and those who are self-employed. Disclaimer

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 may be required to successfully complete a College Success Course (CPD150 or CPD/AAA115) within the first two semesters at a MCCCD College. See an academic, program, or faculty advisor for details.
  • Students should meet with an academic advisor about any concerns that may affect course enrollment.

Full-time status is 12 credits to 18 credits per semester.

Term 1

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
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
DAH100 or
Part IV Advised Course
Introduction to Dance or Advised Course(s) from Part IV Critical course Gateway course HU 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 FYC 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 MA or SB or SB or L or SB 3–5
Meet with Residential Dance Faculty Member prior to course enrollment.

Term 2

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
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
DAH100 or
Part IV Advised Course
Introduction to Dance or Any Advised Course from Part IV Critical course Gateway course HU 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 FYC 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 MA or SB or SB or L or SB 3–5
CRE101 College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking L 0–3
Meet with Residential Dance Faculty Member prior to course enrollment.

Term 3

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
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
DAH100 or
DAH201 or
DAH250 or
DAH255 or
CS
Introduction to Dance or World Dance Studies or Dance in Popular Culture or Hip Hop: Arts, Aesthetic and Culture or Computer/Statistics/Quantitative Applications Gateway course HU or G, HU or C, HU or C, HU, L 3
SB Social and Behavioral Sciences (SB) Course 3
BIO160 or
BIO201
Introduction to Human Anatomy and Physiology or Human Anatomy and Physiology I SG 4
Meet with Residential Dance Faculty Member prior to course enrollment.

Term 4

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
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 G, HU or C, HU or C, HU, L 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.

Part-time status is 11 credit hours or less.

Term 1

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
DAN+++ Any DAN Technique Course(s) Critical course Part II Courses HU 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
DAH100 or
ENG101 or
ENG107
Introduction to Dance or First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL Critical course HU or FYC or FYC 3

Term 2

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
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 G, HU 1–3
ENG102 or
ENG108 or
CRE101
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL or College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking FYC 3

Term 3

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
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 L 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 FYC 0–3

Term 4

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
DAN+++ Any DAN Tech SG 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
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
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
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
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
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
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 SG 4
DAH100 or
DAH201 or
DAH250 or
DAH255
Introduction to Dance or World Dance Studies or Dance in Popular Culture or Hip Hop: Arts, Aesthetic and Culture Critical course HU or G, HU or C, HU or C, HU, L 3

Term 8

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
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 MA 3–5

Term 9

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

Term 10

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
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 MA 4

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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).

Other Versions

The pathway map presented above is for the current catalog year and is the intended pathway map for new students. Other versions of this pathway map from different catalog years are available below:

Catalog Year Effective Dates
2019-2020 Current
2018-2019 5/29/2018 – 5/27/2019