Dance Performance and Technology

Dance Performance and Technology - AAS

The Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Dance Performance and Technology degree 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 & 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. The degree also requires the successful completion of 27 credits in General Education courses including but not limited to English, Math, Humanities, and Science.

Program Code

3019 Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Dance Performance and Technology

Other Degree Options

The Certificate of Completion (CCL) in Dance Performance and Technology is build into this degree. If you complete the AAS you will also receive the CCL.

Course Format

Classes are offered in a variety of formats: in-person, online, day, evening, full-time and part-time.

How long will it take?

It takes a minimum of 2 years as a full-time student including summer school. This estimate does not include developmental education courses (courses under 100 level).

Cost

The estimated cost of the AAS program is $6,348 for Maricopa County residents. *(see below for details)

Textbooks

Most dance program classes use low or no-cost textbooks. General Education courses may have textbooks that cost more. 

Program Curriculum

Semester 1

  • 3 Dance Technique courses
  • DAH 190 - Dance Careers
  • DAH 110 - Dance in Film
  • DAN 170 - Dance Kinesiology
  • ART 100 - Introduction to Computer Graphic Art
  • MAT 140, 141 or 142 - College Algebra
  • Total credits: 15-18

Semester 2

  • 3 Dance Technique Courses
  • DAN 264 - Choreography 1
  • MHL 191 - Electronic Music
  • ENG 101 - First-Year Composition
  • CRE 101 - Critical Reading
  • Total Credits: 15-18

Semester 3

  • 3 Dance Technique Courses
  • Dance Performance
  • DAN 221 - Rhythmic Awareness
  • DAN 210 - Dance Production
  • DAN 272 - Dance Technology
  • ENG 101 - First-Year Composition
  • Total Credits: 16-19

Semester 4

  • 3 Dance Technique Courses
  • DAN 280 - Dance Practicum
  • EDU 222 - Intro to the Exceptional Learner
  • BIO 160/201 - Human Anatomy & Physiology
  • DAN 282AA - Service Learning OR DAN 298AA - Special Projects (Internships)
  • Total Credits: 15-18

Summer

  • COM 225 - Public Speaking
  • DAH 250 - Dance in Popular Culture (H, C) OR DAH 255 - Hip Hop Arts & Aesthetics (H, C, L)
  • Total Credits: 6

Some courses are offered only one semester per year.

  • Fall only
    • DAN170 - Dance Kinesiology
    • DAH110 - Dance in Film
    • DAN264 - Choreography 1
    • DAH190 - Dance Careers
  • Spring Only
    • DAN221 - Rhythmic Awareness
    • DAN210 - Dance Production
    • DAN272 - Dance Technology
    • DAN298AA - Special Projects (Internships)

MCCCD Program and Award Information
Effective term: 
2018 Spring
Final term: 
2019 Summer
Award: 
AAS
Total credits required: 
63-75
CIP Code: 
50.0301
Description

The Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Dance Performance and Technology degree 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 theory, performance, production, multimedia and the application of video and computer technology to dance. Students are offered the opportunity to demonstrate this knowledge by producing a short dance performance focusing on dance and camera techniques, lighting design, sound design, choreography for camera and non-linear editing techniques. A Certificate of Completion (CCL) in Dance Performance and Technology is also available.

Award notes

A grade of "C" or better is required for all courses within the program.
P/Z classes do not apply to the degree.
Students must enroll in three of the following styles of technique each semester: Ballet, Modern, Jazz and Hip Hop.
Students must attain a level 3 in the following styles of technique before they can graduate: Ballet, Modern, Jazz and Hip Hop.

Required courses
Course #Course TitleCredits
Credits:41-48
THEORY COURSES: 26 Credits
ART100Introduction to Computer Graphic Art1
DAH110Dance in Film3
DAH190Discovering Dance Careers1
DAN170Dance Kinesiology3
DAN210Dance Production I3
DAN221Rhythmic Awareness I3
DAN264Choreography I3
DAN272Dance Technology3
DAN280Dance Practicum2
 
DAN282AAService-Learning Experience in Dance (1) OR
DAN296WACooperative Education (1) OR
DAN298AASpecial Projects (1)1
 
MTC191Electronic Music I3
 
TECHNIQUE COURSES: 14-20 Credits
Students must enroll in three of the following four styles of technique courses each semester.
Students must attain a Level III in the following styles of technique before they can graduate.
 
DAN131Ballet I (1)1-2
DAN134Ballet II (1)1-2
DAN231AABallet III: Intensive (2)2-4
DAN234AABallet IV: Intensive (2)2-4
 
DAN132Modern Dance I (1)1-2
DAN135Modern Dance II (1)1-2
DAN232AAModern Dance III: Intensive (2)2-4
DAN235AAModern Dance IV: Intensive (2)2-4
 
DAN133Jazz Dance I (1)1-2
DAN136Jazz Dance II (1)1-2
DAN233Jazz Dance III (1)1-2
DAN236Jazz Dance IV (1)1-2
 
DAN102AAHip Hop I (1)1-2
DAN102ABHip Hop II (1)1-2
DAN202AAHip Hop III (1)1-2
DAN202ABHip Hop IV (1)1-2
 
PERFORMANCE COURSES: 1-2 Credits
Admittance into performance classes is by audition only.
 
DAN150Dance Performance I (1) OR
DAN155Dance Performance II (1) OR
DAN250Dance Performance III (1) OR
DAN255Dance Performance IV (1)1-2
General education requirements
General Education RequirementCredits: 22-27
 
General Education CoreCredits: 12-17
 
First-Year CompositionCredits: 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
 
Oral CommunicationCredits: 3
COM110Interpersonal Communication (3) OR
COM225Public Speaking (3)3
 
Critical ReadingCredits: 0-3
CRE101College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking (3) OR
Equivalent as indicated by assessment0-3
 
MathematicsCredits: 3-5
MAT140College Mathematics (5) OR
MAT141College Mathematics (4) OR
MAT142College Mathematics (3) OR
Satisfactory completion of higher level math course3-5
 
General Education DistributionCredits: 10
 
Humanities and Fine ArtsCredits: 3
DAH100Introduction to Dance (3) OR
DAH250Dance in Popular Culture (3) OR
DAH255Hip Hop Arts and Aesthetics (3)3
 
Social and Behavioral SciencesCredits: 3
EDU222Introduction to the Exceptional Learner3
 
Natural SciencesCredits: 4
BIO160Introduction to Human Anatomy and Physiology (4) OR
BIO201Human Anatomy and Physiology I (4)4
Competencies
  • Conceptualize, visualize and produce art using the computer. (ART100)
  • Describe and apply a methodology used in the critical analysis and evaluation of dance in film and video. (DAH110)
  • Identify and analyze the nature of available careers in dance. (DAH190)
  • Develop a plan for self-promotion by creating a portfolio that includes an online presence, a curriculum vitae (CV), a resume and a bio. (DAH190, DAN280)
  • Demonstrate movement quality and performance skills at the beginning and intermediate levels of ballet, modern, jazz and hip hop. (DAN131, DAN134, DAN231AA, DAN234AA, DAN132, DAN135, DAN232AA, DAN235AA, DAN133, DAN136, DAN233, DAN236, DAN102AA, DAN102AB, DAN202AA, DAN202AB, DAN150, DAN155, DAN250, DAN255)
  • Use the elements of light and sound as they relate to dance. (DAN210).
  • Illustrate an understanding of using awareness to explore rhythm in dance performance, choreography and pedagogy. (DAN221)
  • Demonstrate choreographic theories and techniques in the construction of solo and group studies and complete dances. (DAN264)
  • Explain the role of various forms of technology as they relate to dance careers and use the computer to create, plan for, and distribute dance film projects. (DAN272)
  • Integrate choreography, rhythm, dance technology, performance and production elements in a professional-level dance event. (DAN280)
  • Conceptualize and produce digital music scores using various Musical Instrument Digital Interface (MIDI) compatible instruments. (MTC191).
  • Analyze the biomechanics of the body and how it relates to dance, alignment and injury prevention. (DAN170)
  • Apply skills learned in a real-world work experience such as Internships or other dance-related employment. (DAN282AA, DAN296WA, DAN298AA)
  • Analyze the process of learning and personal motivation in an effort to attain educational goals. (DAH110, DAN221, DAN264, DAN280, DAN210)