Dance Performance and Technology

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.

Program Codes

3019 Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Dance Performance and Technology
5979 Certificate of Completion (CCL) in Dance Performance and Technology

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Program Contacts

Angela Rosenkrans & Karryn Allen Dance Program Co-Directors
Office: PE-151
Phone: (480) 423-6600

Amy Goff, Division Chair
Office: PE-147
Phone: (480) 423-6685

Elizabeth Gush, Division Secretary
Office: PE-150
Phone: (480) 423-6606

Program Notes:

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Transfer Options

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 freelance 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