The Dance Program at MSJC provides a two-year
concentration for students pursuing academic studies in
dance, culminating in a non-transfer Associates of Art degree
in Dance and/or a Certificate in Musical Theater. Multi-faceted
curricula in the theory and practice of the discipline facilitate
matriculation to a four-year institution. Challenging coursework,
touring and production opportunities are presented in order to
prepare the serious student. A hallmark of the program is the
ability for students to commit to professional technical training,
choreographic inquiry, performance and historical studies of
dance within a nurturing, liberal arts college environment.
Course offerings include dance history, ballet, modern, jazz, hip hop, and
tap dance techniques, augmented by social dance forms including
ballroom and world dance, as well as conditioning
and alignment for dance.
Additionally, the program provides
extended training of the emerging choreographic and performing
artist through advanced coursework in dance composition
and technique, and
numerous concerts and informal showings throughout the year. A balanced program of critical thinking, choreographic inquiry
and performance contextualizes the student’s understanding
of the impact of dance within the contemporary world. For
individuals currently working within these fields, there may be
potential for salary and/or career advancement.