Dance Associate Degree Program

DancerThe curriculum in the Dance Associate of Arts program is designed to provide the transfer student with the opportunity to achieve an associate degree. While a baccalaureate or higher degree is recommended for those considering professional careers related to this field, earning the associate degree demonstrates achievement and may support attempts to gain entry-level employment and promotion, whereas inexperienced graduates may not be hired. Baccalaureate majors that students may choose to pursue after completing their A.A. degree include undergraduate programs in Dance, Dance Science, Theatre Arts, Performance Studies and Expressive Arts Therapy. Students who successfully complete a Bachelor’s Degree in Dance may find employment in teaching, performance, or related arts therapy fields.

Class Schedule

Program Student Learning Outcomes

Students who complete this program will be able to:

  • Perform basic positions and expressive qualities with body awareness and alignment specific to the dance technique given in class.
  • Demonstrate proficiency by performing movement combinations specific to the technique given in class.
  • Successfully demonstrate knowledge of dance terminology through writing and various forms of expression.
  • Identify technical support through the staging of choreographic works in a dance performance.
  • Create dances using phrasing, variations and other elements of design in choreography.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of a particular dance form through a variety of written assignments which may include: critiques, internet research, reading assignments, essays, exams and/or discussions in class.


Curriculum changes as industry standards transform. Please refer to the Saddleback College Catalog website as the following requirements may have changed since this webpage was published.

The following course of study must be completed to fulfill major requirements for the Associate Degree in Dance:

Core Courses:

Course ID Title Units
DANC 9* Choreography 3
DANC 10 Dance Production 2
DANC 11 Dance Rehearsal and Performance 2
DANC 12 Intermediate Dance Production 1
DANC 14 Intermediate Dance Rehearsal and Performance 1
DANC 52* Ballet Dancing Level I 1-1.5
DANC 53* Intermediate Ballet 1-1.5
DANC 54 Introduction to Modern Dance 1-1.5
DANC 55* Modern Dance Level I 1-1.5
DANC 57 Introduction to Jazz Dancing 1-1.5
DANC 58* Jazz Dancing Level I 1-1.5
DANC 64 History of Dance 3
MUS 20 Music Appreciation 3
Select from Restricted Electives 5.5-8
Total 26.5-32

*Course has a prerequisite, corequisite, limitation, or recommended preparation; see course description.

Restricted Electives:

DANC 15, 16, 51, 56, 59*, 60, 61*, 62*, 63, 65, 66, 67, 68; 69, 70, 117, 118, 128, 171, 172, 173, 175, 178, 179, 180, 181; ETT 41, 42; KNES 28.

Associate Degree

Associate in Arts Degree
Completion of the required courses in the major, and a minimum of 60 units including the general education requirements with an overall GPA of 2.0, qualifies the student for the Associate in Arts degree. A minimum of 12 units must be completed at Saddleback College.

General Education Requirements for Associate Degrees
Refer to the Graduation Requirements or to the CSU-GE and IGETC patterns in this catalog for specific courses which meet general education requirements. Refer to and to the transfer institution's catalog for transfer requirements.