Degree & Transfer Course Requirements

The Dance program prepares the serious dance student for university transfer and provides dance training and enrichment for both the beginner and the advanced dancer.  The program offers a comprehensive curriculum with a broad range of dance courses to nurture versatile dance artists.   The dance department encourages students to think independently, to value creative thought and diversity, and to be responsible global citizens.

The goal of the Dance Program is to prepare students for future careers in performance, choreography, teaching and related careers in dance.  The program offers a wide array of dance classes designed to cultivate technique, creativity and performance skills while enhancing self confidence, creative thought/expression and critical thinking. 

Associate in Arts Degree – 60 UNITS

Follow link to view course requirements for Associate in Arts-Dance Santa Monica College are listed on a page preceding this section at

Teacher of Dance Certificate​


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 for exact major requirements.

Cornish College of the Arts (Seattle, WA)

B.F.A. Dance

Loyola Marymount University

B.A. Dance, Performance Track B.A. Dance, Generalist Track

SMC Dance Department Recommended Courses for Transfer

Students should check or 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)

Recommended Electives:

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 at​​​​​