Do you love expressing your emotions through artistic movement? If the artistic outlet that dance offers appeals to you, then you should consider a career in the performing arts industry. We offer two pathways in the Dance program.

If you’d like to pursue a career in dance performance, choreography, teaching, and fitness instruction, consider the AAFA in Dance, which provides the first two years of a four-year curriculum. You'll have the opportunity to become skilled at incorporating kinesthetic and somatic principles of movement into various dance styles, as well as apply artistic elements to your dance like intention, movement quality, connection, musicality, and so much more! We will teach you how to critically analyze and evaluate choreography, technique, and performance, and provide written and oral feedback.

If you’d like to diversify your dance portfolio, consider the AAS in Dance Performance and Technology, which integrates performance, technology, kinesiology, and real world application into the Dance program. Our goal is to teach you how to survive in the 21st century dance industry with conservatory style dance training coupled with practical skills outside of the studio to support a career in the arts. We provide training in dance theory, technique, performance, dance for camera, and production. You’ll also have the opportunity to learn how to edit and create digital music, create marketing materials, and use computer technology for the dance industry.

Make your dreams happen today with the Dance program!

Students at any Maricopa Community College may need to complete courses at more than one of our colleges.

SCC Program Description

Professional Dance Training and Dance for Fun! SCC Dance is a nationally recognized and award-winning dance program. We provide a safe and encouraging environment and have classes for students of all ages and levels in various dance styles. We train our students using sound kinesiological practices to foster effective and efficient movement. Our faculty are passionate experts in the field and are collectively here to help all our students attain their dancing goals.

We have three degree/certificate options for students wanting to study dance for a future or continuing career in the profession. There are many performance and choreographic opportunities and we bring in 3 or more nationally well-known guest artists per year to teach free master classes and set choreography on our performance classes. You can be you at SCC Dance and will become a part of the Dancing Artichoke family!

The Dance Performance and Technology program is designed for students who plan to enter the field of dance as performers, choreographers, teachers, and multimedia technicians. The program provides classes in dance technique (Ballet, Modern, Jazz, and Hip Hop), performance, and production, as well as training in multimedia production and the application of video and computer technology to dance. Students are offered the opportunity to demonstrate this knowledge by producing a short dance concert focusing on performance, choreography for stage and film, camera techniques, non-linear editing techniques, visual design, lighting design, and original sound design.

Experiential Learning Opportunities

  • Performance opportunities
  • Choreographic opportunities
  • Workshops with professional dance guest artists
  • Service Learning
  • Internships
  • Attend American College Dance Association Conferences

Course Format/Textbooks

Course Format/Textbooks

Classes are offered in various formats: in-person, online, hybrid, day, evening, full-time and part-time.


Most of our courses use low-cost textbooks or no-cost material your instructors provide. General education courses may have textbooks that cost more.