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The Mesa College Dance Program offers a comprehensive curriculum designed to provide practical and theoretical training for students interested in a dance career. The core curriculum provides an excellent foundation in dance technique, choreography and performance skills. In addition, this program offers lower division theory courses to prepare the student for transfer to a four-year institution as a dance major. Students planning to transfer to a school of dance should consult with a counselor to select acceptable transfer courses.
The program emphasizes the development of dancers versed in a wide variety of movement genres. The core curriculum focuses on ballet, modern, jazz, improvisation, choreography, performance, production, music for dancers and dance history. Emphasis is placed on the practical application of techniques and theories in concerts and public performances. The program also offers the option to explore tap, hip hop, conditioning, ethnic and social dance forms.
The following list is a sample of the many career options open to students with a dance education. The majority of these options require a baccalaureate or graduate-level degree.
Professional Dancer, Choreographer, Dance Production Technician, Recreation Leader, Company Director, Movement Notator, Dance Therapist, Dance Teacher, Dance Critic, Fitness Instructor, Dance Promoter.