Dance Teacher

Kinesiology and Athletics Division
Certificate L0355

The Dance Teacher Certificate is intended to prepare students for careers as dance instructors in private dance studios, recreation centers, and K-12 dance programs. Focus is on the genres of Ballet, Jazz and Modern Dance with pedagogical principles that can be applied to other dance forms. This certificate may aid the student’s search for an entry-level job in the dance teaching world.

Program Learning Objectives

Upon successful completion of this program, a students will be able to:

  • Teach creative and technical dance skills using correct body alignment, muscle coordination and dance terminology of various dance genres.
  • Present a comprehensive job portfolio that includes a cover letter, resume, sample lesson plans, teaching analogies and a reel of choreography.
  • Develop an articulate, original choreographic voice by expressing themselves creatively through the production of dance composition and performance. 
  • Attain an intermediate level of proficiency in contemporary dance techniques.
  • Acquire a broad understanding and appreciation of historical and cultural values expressed through dance.

    Review Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs) for this program.

Required Courses

DN-T 20History and Appreciation of Dance 3
DN-T 38Dance Teaching Methods 3
DNCE 2BBallet II 1
DNCE 4Choreography 0.5
DNCE 11ASocial Dance Forms I 11
DNCE 12BModern II 11
DNCE 14BJazz II 11
DNCE 18ATap I 0.5
DNCE 24Dance Production 1.5
DNCE 32Commercial Dance 0.5
DNCE 33Improvisation 0.5
DNCE 34Dance Directives 0.5
DNCE 35Repertory 2
DNCE 39AAlignment and Correctives I 0.5
KIN 24Applied Kinesiology 2
Total Units18.5

0.5-1 unit course; 1 unit required

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