The Dance Department offers a Dance Major and a Certificate Program.

Degrees and Certificates

Associate in Arts Degree Icon Associate in Arts More information on the Associate in Arts Degree

Get a foundation in general education, then gain the skills needed to excel in your desired field.

Completion of an Associate degree usually will not satisfy transfer major requirements. Meet with a counselor to develop an academic program best suited for you.

Estimated Timeline:
2+ years, 60 units

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Certificate of Achievement Icon Department Certificate More information on the Department Certificate

Gain skills quickly with this short term program, then leverage them to get ahead in your career.

Estimated Timeline:
1 year or less, 18 units or less

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Associate in Arts Degree - Dance Associate in Arts Degree Icon

29 units + General Education Requirements

The Dance program prepares the serious dance student for university transfer and provides dance training and enrichment for both the beginner and the advanced dancer. The program offers a comprehensive curriculum with a broad range of dance courses to nurture versatile dance artists. The dance department encourages students to think independently, to value creative thought and diversity, and to be responsible global citizens.

The goal of the Dance Program is to prepare students for future careers in performance, choreography, teaching and related careers in dance. The program offers a wide array of dance classes designed to cultivate technique, creativity and performance skills while enhancing self-confidence, creative thought/expression, and critical thinking.

PDF FileView Requirements Associate in Arts Degree - Dance

Department Certificate - Dance Teacher (Pre K-Grade 5) Department Certificate

17 units

This program is specifically designed for students seeking to expand their dance and pedagogical experience as a dance educator in the Pre K-grade 5 setting. The curriculum is designed to be completed in two semesters of study. Students complete course work through the Dance, Early Childhood Education, and Psychology Departments. Coursework includes hands-on experience teaching in a Pre K-grade 5 classroom under the supervision of an experienced dance educator. Upon completion, the student is familiar with the planning, implementation, and assessment of dance education in the Pre K-grade 5 setting.

The Santa Monica College Dance Teacher Department Certificate provides practical experience for:

  • Instructors in dance programs in Pre K-grade 5 schools
  • Classroom teachers in Pre K-grade 5 schools
  • Instructors and studio directors in private schools of dance
  • Instructors and directors for community-based dance programs
  • Instructors for dance-company residencies in Pre K-grade 5 schools
  • Teaching-artists for nonprofit arts organizations
  • Teaching-artists for professional schools associated with dance companies
PDF FileView Requirements Department Certificate in Dance Teacher (Pre K-Grade 5)

Commercial Dance

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