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Dance Program Information

Theatre Program Information

  THEATRE ARTS
Associate of Arts Degree:
 Dance Emphasis

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The Theatre Arts major leads to the Associate in Arts degree and prepares students for transfer to a four-year institution.  Students completing degrees in dance may be hired in the major or allied fields as a choreographer,
commercial theatre dancer, concert dancer, dance critic, dance therapist, dance notator, movement analyst, teacher,
costume specialist, stage hand, or lighting designer,

He dances because he is neither a vegetable nor a rock, but a moving organism, and in movement finds release and expression.

       - José Limon

REQUIRED COURSES

The following requirements are for all theatre majors (dance and theatre emphases):

Theatre Arts 210B Beginning Acting  3 units
Theatre Arts 125A Production - Performance 1 units

plus 2 additional units selected from:

Theatre Arts 230A Contemporary Dance: Beginning 2 units
Theatre Arts 230B Contemporary Dance: Advanced Beginning 2 units
Theatre Arts 230C Contemporary Dance: Intermediate 2 units
Theatre Arts 230D Contemporary Dance: Advanced Intermediate 2 units

plus 2 additional performance units selected from:

Music 220 Opera Theatre - Performance 1-3 units
Theatre Arts 105B Play Development I 1 unit
Theatre Arts 105C Play Development II 1 unit
Theatre Arts 121A Acting Performance I 3 units
Theatre Arts 125B Production Crew II 1-2 units
Theatre Arts 125C Production Crew III 1-2 units
Theatre Arts 260 Dance Performance 1-3 units
Theatre Arts 262 Dance For Musical Theatre 1-3 units
Theatre Arts 265A Dance Repertory: Apprentice 1-3 units
Theatre Arts 265B Dance Repertory 1-3 units

plus at least 3 additional units selected from:

Theatre Arts 215A Stagecraft 3 units
Theatre Arts 215B Stage Lighting 3 units
Theatre Arts 119A Costume Construction 3 units

The following additional requirements are for the Dance Emphasis:

 6 units selected from the following:

Theatre Arts 206 Dance in World Cultures 3 units
Theatre Arts 250 Choreography 2 units
Theatre Arts 230A Contemporary Dance: Beginning 2 units
Theatre Arts 230B Contemporary Dance: Advanced Beginning 2 units
Theatre Arts 230C Contemporary Dance: Intermediate 2 units
Theatre Arts 230D Contemporary Dance: Advanced Intermediate 2 units
Theatre Arts 242A Ballet: Beginning 2 units
Theatre Arts 242B Ballet: Advanced Beginning 2 units
Theatre Arts 242C Ballet: Intermediate 2 units
Theatre Arts 242D Ballet: Advanced Intermediate 2 units

plus 4 additional units selected from the following:

Theatre Arts 228A Conditioning for Dance: Pilates Mat I .5-1 unit
Theatre Arts 228B Conditioning for Dance: Pilates Mat II .5-1 unit
Theatre Arts 234A Tap Dance: Beginning  2 units
Theatre Arts 238A  Jazz Dance: Beginning 2 units
Theatre Arts 238B Jazz Dance: Intermediate 2 units

plus 4 additional units selected from the following:

Theatre Arts 130A Hip Hop Dance: Beginning .5-1 unit
Theatre Arts 130B Hip Hop Dance: Intermediate .5-1 unit
Theatre Arts 140 Middle Eastern Dance: Beginning 1 unit
Theatre Arts 222 Capoeira Dance 1 unit
Theatre Arts 223 Salsa Rueda 1 unit
Theatre Arts 244A Mexican Folkloric Dance: Beginning 1-2 units
Theatre Arts 244B Mexican Folkloric Dance: Intermediate Technique & Perf. 1-2 units
Theatre Arts 270 Afro-Cuban Dance 1 unit
Theatre Arts 274 Brazilian Dance and Drum 1 unit
Theatre Arts 280 Dances of India: Bhangra 1 unit

Total units required for the major:                                                      25

* Theatre Arts 204 or 206 are recommended forfor all individuals who are majoring in Dance to fulfill the general education requirement for the Associate Degree.

Associate Degrees have general education and institutional requirements in addition to courses required for the major.  See the Mendocino College Catalog for complete information regarding degrees and certificates.