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Associate in Arts, Fine Arts, Emphasis in Dance

The Associate in Arts, Fine Arts (AAFA), Emphasis in Dance provides the first two years of a four-year curriculum for students who intend to specialize in dance. With an associate degree, students may pursue a number of careers, including but not limited to, dance performance, choreography, dance studio instruction, and fitness instruction. Upon completion of a bachelor`s degree, students may pursue a career in several areas including a dance education at the secondary level, artistic direction, and stage management. Upon completion of a graduate degree, students may pursue a career in dance education at the post-secondary level.

Program Learning Outcomes
  • Demonstrate technical proficiency by incorporating kinesthetic and somatic principles of movement in various dance styles. (BIO160, BIO201, DAN102++, DAN105++, DAN106++, DAN108++, DAN120++, DAN130, DAN131, DAN132, DAN133, DAN134, DAN135, DAN136, DAN140, DAN145, DAN150, DAN155, DAN164, DAN170, DAN201++, DAN202++, DAN204++, DAN221, DAN222, DAN229, DAN230, DAN231, DAN231AA, DAN232, DAN232AA, DAN233, DAN233AA, DAN234, DAN234AA, DAN235, DAN235AA, DAN236, DAN236AA, DAN237, DAN240, DAN245, DAN250, DAN255, DAN272, DAN280, DAN282++, DAN290++, DAN291++, DAN292++, DAN293, DAN294, DAN295, DAN298++)
  • Apply and analyze artistic elements including intention, movement quality, breath, connection, phrasing, self-awareness, and musicality while performing. (BIO160, BIO201, DAN102++, DAN105++, DAN106++, DAN108++, DAN120++, DAN130, DAN131, DAN132, DAN133, DAN134, DAN135, DAN136, DAN140, DAN145, DAN150, DAN155, DAN164, DAN170, DAN201++, DAN202++, DAN204++, DAN221, DAN222, DAN229, DAN230, DAN231, DAN231AA, DAN232, DAN232AA, DAN233, DAN233AA, DAN234, DAN234AA, DAN235, DAN235AA, DAN236, DAN236AA, DAN237, DAN240, DAN245, DAN250, DAN255, DAN264, DAN265, DAN272, DAN280, DAN282++, DAN290++, DAN291++, DAN292++, DAN293, DAN294, DAN295, DAN298++)
  • Correlate historical and cultural knowledge of various dance styles and approaches to movement practices and performance. (DAH100, DAH110, DAH201, DAH250, DAH255, DAN102++, DAN105++, DAN106++, DAN108++, DAN120++, DAN130, DAN131, DAN132, DAN133, DAN134, DAN135, DAN150, DAN155, DAN164, DAN201++, DAN202++, DAN204++, DAN221, DAN222, DAN229, DAN230, DAN231, DAN231AA, DAN232, DAN232AA, DAN233, DAN233AA, DAN234, DAN234AA, DAN235, DAN235AA, DAN236, DAN236AA, DAN237, DAN240, DAN245, DAN250, DAN255, DAN264, DAN265, DAN272, DAN280, DAN282++, DAN290++, DAN291++, DAN292++, DAN293, DAN294, DAN295, DAN298++, [HU], [SB])
  • Use critical and creative thinking skills in the composition of choreography. (CRE101, DAN150, DAN155, DAN221, DAN222, DAN250, DAN255, DAN264, DAN265, DAN280, DAN282++, DAN293, DAN294, DAN295, [FYC], [MA], (COM))
  • Critically analyze and evaluate choreography, technique, and performance and be able to communicate feedback using thoughtful written and oral dialogue. (DAH100, DAH110, DAH201, DAH250, DAH255, DAN102++, DAN105++, DAN106++, DAN108++, DAN120++, DAN130, DAN131, DAN132, DAN133, DAN134, DAN135, DAN136, DAN140, DAN145, DAN150, DAN155, DAN164, DAN170, DAN201++, DAN202++, DAN204++, DAN210, DAN221, DAN222, DAN229, DAN230, DAN231, DAN231AA, DAN232, DAN232AA, DAN233, DAN233AA, DAN234, DAN234AA, DAN235, DAN235AA, DAN236, DAN236AA, DAN237, DAN240, DAN245, DAN250, DAN255, DAN264, DAN265, DAN272, DAN280, DAN282++, DAN290++, DAN291++, DAN292++, DAN293, DAN294, DAN295, DAN298++, [FYC], [L], (COM))
  • Integrate choreography with production elements in professional-level dance performance. (DAN150, DAN155, DAN210, DAN221, DAN222, DAN250, DAN255, DAN264, DAN265, DAN293, DAN294, DAN295, DAN280, DAN282++)
  • Practice self-awareness, emotional intelligence, and effective interpersonal skills in group communication and collaboration. (BIO160, BIO201, CRE101, DAH100, DAH110, DAH201, DAH250, DAH255, DAN102++, DAN105++, DAN106++, DAN108++, DAN120++, DAN130, DAN131, DAN132, DAN133, DAN134, DAN135, DAN136, DAN140, DAN145, DAN150, DAN155, DAN164, DAN170, DAN204++, DAN201++, DAN202++, DAN210, DAN220, DAN221, DAN222, DAN229, DAN230, DAN231, DAN231AA, DAN232, DAN232AA, DAN233, DAN233AA, DAN234, DAN234AA, DAN235, DAN235AA, DAN236, DAN236AA, DAN237, DAN240, DAN245, DAN250, DAN255, DAN264, DAN265, DAN272, DAN280, DAN282++, DAN290++, DAN291++, DAN292++, DAN293, DAN294, DAN295, DAN298++, [FYC], [MA], [SQ], (COM))
  • Synthesize the process of learning and the role of personal motivation to set and achieve educational goals. (BIO160, BIO201, DAH100, DAH110, DAH190, DAH201, DAH250, DAH255, DAN102++, DAN105++, DAN106++, DAN108++, DAN120++, DAN130, DAN131, DAN132, DAN133, DAN134, DAN135, DAN136, DAN140, DAN145, DAN150, DAN155, DAN164, DAN170, DAN201++, DAN202++, DAN204++, DAN210, DAN220, DAN221, DAN222, DAN229, DAN230, DAN231, DAN231AA, DAN232, DAN232AA, DAN233, DAN233AA, DAN234, DAN234AA, DAN235, DAN235AA, DAN236, DAN236AA, DAN237, DAN240, DAN245, DAN250, DAN255, DAN264, DAN265, DAN272, DAN280, DAN282++, DAN293, DAN294, DAN295, DAN290++, DAN291++, DAN292++, DAN298++, [CS], [FYC], [L], [SB], [SQ])
  • Engage in dance career exploration and develop skills and materials for self promotion and employment. (DAH190, DAN150, DAN155, DAN210, DAN220, DAN250, DAN255, DAN264, DAN265, DAN280, DAN282++, DAN293, DAN294, DAN295, (COM))
  • Demonstrate ethical and professional behavior appropriate to the field of dance. (DAH100, DAH110, DAH190, DAH201, DAH250, DAH255, DAN102++, DAN105++, DAN106++, DAN108++, DAN120++, DAN130, DAN131, DAN132, DAN133, DAN134, DAN135, DAN136, DAN140, DAN145, DAN150, DAN155, DAN164, DAN170, DAN201++, DAN202++, DAN204++, DAN210, DAN220, DAN221, DAN222, DAN229, DAN230, DAN231, DAN231AA, DAN232, DAN233, DAN233AA, DAN232AA, DAN234, DAN234AA, DAN235, DAN235AA, DAN236, DAN236AA, DAN237, DAN240, DAN245, DAN250, DAN255, DAN264, DAN265, DAN272, DAN280, DAN282++, DAN290++, DAN291++, DAN292++, DAN293, DAN294, DAN295, DAN298++, [FYC], (COM))
  • Use dance to encourage civic and community engagement. (DAH100, DAH110, DAH190, DAH201, DAH250, DAH255, DAN150, DAN155, DAN210, DAN220, DAN221, DAN222, DAN250, DAN255, DAN264, DAN265, DAN280, DAN282++, DAN293, DAN294, DAN295, [FYC], [HU])

Details

Details iconImportant information you’ll need when applying for admission:
Academic Plan: 
Associate in Arts, Fine Arts, Emphasis in Dance (DEG)
Field of Interest: 
Visual and Performing Arts
Type: 
Associate Degree
Academic Plan Code: 
8312
Total credits required: 
62-92
Effective term: 
2021 Fall
Notes

Students must earn a grade of C or better in each course in the program.

Students should meet with a residential dance faculty member each semester prior to enrollment for the following semester.

Students must attain a level III competency in Ballet (DAN 231++) and Modern (DAN 232++) before they can graduate. Placement into these classes and Level III competency is determined by the Dance Residential Faculty.

Students should enroll in two DAN technique courses each semester.

Enrollment in some courses may require an audition and/or permission of instructor.

All DAN technique courses can be repeated for credit.

This program replaces: AAFA/8103 Associate in Arts, Fine Arts (AAFA) - Dance

Required courses
Course #Course TitleCredits
Credits:19-34
Fine Arts Requirements - Dance
DAN150Dance Performance I1
DAN210Dance Production I3
DAN221Rhythmic Awareness I3
DAN264Choreography I3
DAN280Dance Practicum2
Select from the following options to complete a minimum of three (3) and a maximum of eight (8) semester credits. Students must attain Level III competency in Ballet (DAN231 or DAN231AA). Courses may be repeated for credit:
DAN131Ballet I1
DAN134Ballet II1
DAN231Ballet III1
DAN231AABallet III: Intensive2
DAN234Ballet IV1
DAN234AABallet IV: Intensive2
Select from the following options to complete a minimum of three (3) and a maximum of eight (8) semester credits. Students must attain Level III competency in Modern (DAN232 or DAN232AA). Courses may be repeated for credit:
DAN132Modern Dance I1
DAN135Modern Dance II1
DAN232Modern Dance III1
DAN232AAModern Dance III: Intensive2
DAN235Modern Dance IV1
DAN235AAModern Dance IV: Intensive2
Select from the following options to complete a minimum of one (1) and a maximum of six (6) semester credits. Courses may be repeated for credit:
DAN133Jazz Dance I1
DAN136Jazz Dance II1
DAN233Jazz Dance III1
DAN233AAJazz Dance III: Intensive2
DAN236Jazz Dance IV1
DAN236AAJazz Dance IV: Intensive2
Restricted Electives
Course #Course TitleCredits
Credits:8-14
Select a minimum of two (2) and a maximum of five (5) semester credits of coursework from the following:
DAN102++Any Hip Hop Course1
DAN104++Any Ballroom Course1
DAN105++Any Swing Course1
DAN106++Any Latin Course1
DAN108++Any Tango Course1
DAN120++Any World Dance Course1
DAN129Musical Theatre Dance I1
DAN130Musical Theatre Dance II1
DAN131Ballet I1
DAN132Modern Dance I1
DAN133Jazz Dance I1
DAN134Ballet II1
DAN135Modern Dance II1
DAN136Jazz Dance II1
DAN140Tap Dance I1
DAN141Dance Workshop1
DAN145Tap Dance II1
DAN146Tap Dance Ensemble1
DAN150Dance Performance I1
DAN155Dance Performance II1
DAN164Improvisation1
DAN201++Special Topics: Dance1-3
DAN202++Any Hip Hop Course1
DAN204++Any Ballroom Course1
DAN229Musical Theatre Dance III1
DAN230Musical Theatre Dance IV1
DAN231Ballet III1
DAN231AABallet III: Intensive2
DAN232Modern Dance III1
DAN232AAModern Dance III: Intensive2
DAN233Jazz Dance III1
DAN233AAJazz Dance III: Intensive2
DAN234Ballet IV1
DAN234AABallet IV: Intensive2
DAN235Modern Dance IV1
DAN235AAModern Dance IV: Intensive2
DAN236Jazz Dance IV1
DAN236AAJazz Dance IV: Intensive2
DAN237Ballet Pointe I1
DAN240Tap Dance III1
DAN245Tap Dance IV1
DAN250Dance Performance III1
DAN255Dance Performance IV1
DAN290++Dance Conservatory I1-3
DAN291++Dance Conservatory II1-3
DAN292++Dance Conservatory III1-3
DAN298++Special Projects1-3
Dance Theory Electives
Consult with Residential Dance Faculty to select a minimum of six (6) and a maximum of nine (9) semester credits of coursework from the following except those courses used to fulfill a requirement in the Humanities, Arts and Design [HU] area.
DAH100Introduction to Dance3
DAH110Dance in Film3
DAH190Discovering Dance Careers1
DAH201World Dance Studies3
DAH250Dance in Popular Culture3
DAH255Hip Hop Arts, Aesthetic and Culture3
DAN170Dance Kinesiology3
DAN201++Special Topics: Dance1-3
DAN220Dance Career Preparation3
DAN222Rhythmic Awareness II3
DAN265Choreography II3
DAN272Dance Technology3
DAN282++Service-Learning Experience in Dance1-3
DAN293Teaching Dance in Elementary Education3
DAN294Teaching Dance in Secondary Education3
DAN295Teaching and Management of Studio Dance3
DAN298++Special Projects1-3
Arizona General Education Curriculum (AGEC)
AGEC-ACredits: 35-44
A single course with an [HU], [SB], or [L] designation may also be used to satisfy the Oral Communication, Critical Reading, or Awareness Area ([C], [G] and/or [H]) requirement(s).
 
First-Year Composition [FYC]Credits: 6
ENG101First-Year Composition (3) OR
ENG107First-Year Composition for ESL (3) AND
ENG102First-Year Composition (3) OR
ENG108First-Year Composition for ESL (3)6
 
Literacy and Critical Inquiry [L]Credits: 3
Any approved general education course in the Literacy and Critical Inquiry [L] area.
 
Mathematics [MA]Credits: 3-6
MAT140College Mathematics (5) OR
MAT141College Mathematics (4) OR
MAT142College Mathematics (3) OR
Any approved general education course in the Mathematical Applications [MA] area (3-6).3-6
 
Computer/Statistics/Quantitative Applications [CS]Credits: 3
Any approved general education course in the Computer/Statistics/Quantitative Applications [CS] area.
 
Humanities, Arts and Design [HU]Credits: 6
DAH100Introduction to Dance (3) OR
DAH201World Dance Studies (3)
AND
Any approved general education course in the Humanities, Arts and Design [HU] area. (3)6
The following courses are recommended:
DAH100Introduction to Dance3
DAH201World Dance Studies3
DAH250Dance in Popular Culture3
DAH255Hip Hop: Arts, Aesthetic and Culture3
 
Social-Behavioral Sciences [SB]Credits: 6
Any approved general education courses in the Social-Behavioral Sciences [SB] area.6
Students are encouraged to choose coursework from more than one discipline.
 
Natural Sciences [SG]/[SQ]Credits: 8
Any approved general education course in the Natural Sciences (Quantitative) [SQ] area (4) AND
BIO160Introduction to Human Anatomy and Physiology (4) OR
BIO201Human Anatomy and Physiology I (4)8
 
Awareness AreasCredits: 0-6
These requirements may be shared with other AGEC Requirements.
 
Cultural Diversity in the US [C]Credits: 0-3
0-3
 
Historical/Global Awareness [H]/[G]Credits: 0-3
Any approved general education course with the Historical [H] or Global [G] awareness area designation.
 
MCCCD Additional Requirements
MCCCD Additional RequirementsCredits: 0-6
Courses in this area may also be applied to AGEC Requirements. To minimize total credits required for degree and maximize transferable credits, it is recommended that courses be selected that meet more than one requirement wherever possible.
 
Oral CommunicationCredits: 0-3
COM100Introduction to Human Communication (3) OR
COM110Interpersonal Communication (3) OR
COM225Public Speaking (3) OR
COM230Small Group Communication (3)0-3
 
Critical ReadingCredits: 0-3
CRE101College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking (3) OR
Equivalent as indicated by assessment (0)0-3
General Electives
General Electives
Course #Course TitleCredits
Select courses 100-level or higher to complete a minimum of 60 semester credits but no more than a total of 64 semester credits. Consult with an Academic Advisor.

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