Dance

SCC College Dance
SCC College Dance

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 styles of dance. 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 3 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!

Degree Options

Certificate of Completion (CCL) in Dance Performance and Technology

  • 2 years minimum
  • Approximately $4,456*

Associates of Applied Science (AAS) Dance Performance and Technology

  • 2 years + summer classes minimum
  • Approximately $6,348*

Associates of Arts, Fine Arts (AAFA) Dance

  • 3 years + summer classes minimum
  • Approximately $8,004*

*For Maricopa County residents. Important information about the educational debt, earnings, and completion rates of students who attend this program is available at Tuition and Fees.

Awards

  • Recipient of 14 Vibrant Arts Grants as well as numerous MCLI Learning Grants and Visiting Artist Grants
  • Gala Honors at numerous regional American College Dance Association conferences
  • National Honors for student and faculty choreography from the American College Dance Association

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Program Contacts

Angela Rosenkrans & Karryn Allen, Dance Program Co-Directors
Office: PE-151
Phone: 480.423.6600
sccdance@scottsdalecc.edu

Amy Goff, Division Chair
Office: PE-147
Phone: 480.423.6685
amy.goff@scottsdalecc.edu

Elizabeth Gush, Division Secretary
Office: PE-150
Phone: 480.423.6606
elizabeth.gush@scottsdalecc.edu

  • Any student can enroll in level-1 technique classes
  • Advising meetings for dance majors can be made by emailing sccdance@scottsdalecc.edu
  • Experienced dancers must attend a placement audition
  • For special permission to take upper-level technique classes email sccdance@scottsdalecc.edu - Please provide us with what class you want to take, your training background and your student ID#.
  • For permission to take upper-level technique class either:

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Transfer Options

SCC graduates have gone on to attend ASU, UofA, Trinity Laban (London), University of Utah, CalArts, Sam Houston State University, Southern Methodist University, Southern Utah University, Cornish College of the Arts, Cal State Fullerton, UC Irvine, Dominican University, join local & national performing companies, as well as work as teachers, videographers, photographers, dance company directors, dance production technicians and lighting designers.

All DAN/DAH program classes transfer in some capacity to state universities as well as other institutions around the country (CA, NY, TX, WA, UT) - this excludes developmental academic courses

Dance Endorsement for K-12 teachers is available if you already have a Bachelor’s degree in any field

Career Outlook

Graduates are prepared to:

  • Perform Ballet, Modern, Jazz and Hip Hop dance styles
  • Choreograph solo or group dances
  • Edit sound or video for dance
  • Enter creative work into festivals (film and choreographic)
  • Teach dance
  • Enter the workforce

Representative job titles:

  • Performer ($13 per hour)
  • Choreographer ($23 per hour)
  • Dance Technology
    • Composer ($25 per hour)
    • Graphic Designer ($22 per hour)
    • Videographer ($28 per hour)
    • Video Editor ($28 per hour)
  • Dance Technician
    • Lighting Designer ($29 per hour)
    • Stage Manager ($34 per hour)
    • Backstage Crew ($20 per hour)
  • Dance Education ** 
    • Dance Studio ($36,000 per year)
    • Pre-school ($24,000 per year)
    • K-12 ($45,000 per year)
    • Higher Education ($56,000 per year)

** May require additional degrees, certifications and/or education.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of dancers is expected to increase by 5% from 2016 to 2026. This is about the same for all occupations. The growth for choreographers is lower, about 3%. “Dancers and choreographers face intense competition, and the number of applicants is expected to vastly exceed the number of job openings. Dancers who attend schools or conservatories associated with a dance company may have a better chance of finding work at that company than other dancers have.” (BLS, 2016)

Dance careers are often gigs or free lance as opposed to full-time positions. Many dance artists must have a diverse portfolio of skills related to dance in order to obtain many different part-time gigs that will equal a full time wage. This is true for many seasoned and professional dance artists, not just people new in the field.

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