Dancers use their bodies in dance movements to create an art form that can interpret an idea or a story, or it may be purely physical expressions of rhythm and sound. Dancers often combine performing with teaching or turn to teaching after their career as professional dancers are over. Choreographers create and design original dance steps and moves for dancers. They may work in a variety of types of dance such as motion picture, television, stage performances, musical shows, and in the ballet. Dancers may also combine their interests in social service to become dance or movement therapists. This major may also lead to many other careers. For additional possibilities, visit the Career Services Center on campus to utilize computerized career information systems and other valuable career resources.
ASSOCIATE IN ARTS DEGREE – 60 UNITS
Students must complete major requirements in effect at the time enrollment begins or major requirements in effect at graduation as long as continuous enrollment is maintained. (See page 40 for definition of continuous enrollment).
The major consists of 22 units. Required courses:
Dance 5, Dance History (3), Dance 7, Music for Dance (3), Dance 33, 34, 35, 36, Ballet* (2,2,2,2) Dance 43, 44, 45, 46, Modern Dance* (2,2,2,2) *If necessary, certification of exemption from Dance courses must be approved by Dance Dept. and filed with the petition for graduation.
SMC DANCE DEPARTMENT RECOMMENDED COURSES FOR TRANSFER
Students should check www.smc.edu/transfer/articulation or www.assist.org for individual campus requirements.
Dance 9 (Dance Production), Dance 55A and 55B and 55C (Contemporary Performance Classes), 57A and 57B (World Dance Performance Classes), 59A, 60, 61, 62 and 63 (Choreography)
Dance 14, 15, 16 (Jazz), Dance 17, 18 (Tap), Dance 20 (World Dance), Dance 21 (Asian), Dance 22, 23 (Mexican), Dance 25 (African); Dance 27 (Brazilian), Dance 29 (Middle Eastern), Dance 31, 32 (Ballet), Dance 41, 42 (Modern Dance), Dance 51 (Introduction to Dance Therapy), Dance 79 (Dance in New York City) Additional graduation requirements for the AA degree from Santa Monica College are listed on a page preceding this section or at www.smc.edu/transfer/articulation.
University of California, Irvine
B.A. Dance B.F.A. Choreography Specialization B.F.A. Choreography and Performance Specification
University of California, Riverside
B.A. Dance University of California, Santa Barbara B.A. Dance B.F.A. Dance: add Theatre Arts 41
Santa Monica College has articulation agreements for this major with the following private and out-of-state institutions. Visit www.smc.edu/transfer/articulation
for exact major requirements.
Cornish College of the Arts (Seattle, WA)
Loyola Marymount University
B.A. Dance, Performance Track B.A. Dance, Generalist Track