Associate of Arts

Visual And Performing Arts Dance Option

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Program Overview

Program Overview

Whether you are a performer, a teacher or simply exploring your passion, a focus in dance will give you the opportunity to teach, choreograph, perform and investigate endless opportunities while doing something you love. The Dance Option provides students with a broad base of cultural and historical knowledge as well as technique, pedagogy and repertoire in the various dance genres. The creative process is fostered by inclusion of production skills, the art of choreography, and performance opportunities. This foundation will prepare students to further their studies in teaching, choreography, and/or performance. Graduates may seek employment in dance education, dance studios, community service organizations, and as production assistants, choreographers, teacher assistants, dance therapy assistants, and as dancers in the arts and entertainment industry.

Earn a degree

  • Career-oriented graduates may seek employment in dance education, dance studios, community service organizations, and as production assistants, choreographers, teacher assistants, dance therapy assistants, and as dancers in the arts and entertainment.

Earn a certificate 

A certificate in dance is designed for individuals who are looking to enhance their technique, broaden their repertoire, and build their choreographic options and production skills. In addition,formal pathways higher education institution for dance certification K-12 is also available for those who do not wish to pursue a full two-year course of study.

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Quick Facts

Visual And Performing Arts Dance Quick Facts

Get the Foundations for Your Career
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Dance students get comprehensive dance courses that provide the foundations for a future career in the dance field.

Work with Industry Professionals
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As an NVCC dance student, you will have the opportunity to work with professional choreographers and guest artists every semester.

Fine Tune Your Performance
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NVCC students perform multiple times throughout the academic year, both on campus and on tour.

Additional Details

A Foundation to Further Your Studies in, Teaching, Choreography, and Performance

Dance courses provide students with a broad base of cultural and historical knowledge as well as technique, pedagogy and repertoire in the various dance genres. The creative process is fostered by inclusion of production skills, the art of choreography, and performance opportunities. This foundation will prepare students to further their studies in teaching, choreography, and/or performance. Graduates may seek employment in dance education, dance studios, community service organizations, and as production assistants, choreographers, teacher assistants, dance therapy assistants, and as dancers in the arts and entertainment industry.

We offer all of the courses you need - all in a two year cycle!


About the Formal Pathways for Dance Certification

Teachers qualify for unique endorsement with 30 credits If you are a

  • prospective teacher,
  • magnet school teacher dance teacher in school, or
  • certified teacher wishing to cross-endorse,

then you qualify for a unique endorsement with thirty credits.


Requirements

The State of CT Dance Education Task Force Committee has designated the following courses to fulfill the 30 credit requirement for Pre-K-12 Dance Certification or Unique Endorsement:

  • Applied Study in Ballet
  • Applied Courses in Modern Dance (2) 
  • Applied Study in a third Folkloric or Classical World Dance Form (Tap, Jazz, African, etc.)
  • Choreographic Principles/Composition and Dance Improvisation
  • Dance History/Cultures
  • Applied Anatomy/KinesiologyDance Education Methods/Curriculum (including elementary and secondary)
  • Nutrition in a Fitness context (Pilates)

In addition to day and evening courses, the dance department offers special programs throughout the year for the educator.

We are committed to dance education and will offer all of these requirements in a two-year cycle.

Follow your dream! Our dance program is affordable, accessible and accredited by New England Association of Schools and Colleges.

Terpsichorean Club

Love to dance? Looking for opportunities to meet others that do too? If you are a student at NVCC, whether for credit or as a community participant through the Continuing Education program, join The Terpsichorean Dance Club and

  • take trips to dance concerts, 
  • participate in club-sponsored master classes, and 
  • explore a variety of dance genres. 

The club, formed in 1993, is active in the College's arts and humanities and student activities productions. Like Terpsichore, the Greek goddess of dance and one of the nine muses in Greek mythology, the goal of members of the Terpsichorean's is to perpetuate and cultivate the Fine Arts.

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Program Requirements

Visual and Performing Arts Dance option A.A.

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Program Requirement
Course Number and Title Required
Credits
FIRST SEMESTER
Aesthetic Dimensions/Written Communications DAN*H101 History & Appreciation of World Dance 3
Critical Analysis and Logical Thinking/Written Communication ENG*H101 Composition 3
Historical Knowledge Choose any from HIS*H101, *H102, *H121, or *H122 3
Oral Communication Choose any Oral Communication listed (Prefer COM*H100) 3
Program Requirement DAN*H102 Ballet I: Renaissance to Romantic 3
SECOND SEMESTER
Scientific Knowledge◊◊ Choose any Scientific Knowledge listed (Prefer BIO*H105) 3-4
Written Communication Choose any Written Communication listed (Prefer ENG*H102) 3
Program Requirement DAN*H113 Modern I: Pioneers of America 3
Program Requirement DAN*H111 Jazz I: Afro-Caribbean American Vernacular 3
Program Requirement DAN*H118 Dance Pedagogy for Early Childhood Education◊◊◊ 1
Program Requirement DAN*H232 Ballet III 1
Program Requirement DAN*H233 Modern Dance III 1
THIRD SEMESTER
Quantitative Reasoning MAT*H135 or higher than 137 3
Scientific Reasoning◊◊ Choose any Scientific Reasoning listed (Prefer DAN*H175) 3-4
Program Requirement DAN*H202 Ballet II: Classical to Contemporary 3
Program Requirement DAN*H213 Modern II: Second Generation American 3
Program Requirement DAN*H221 Repertory/Ensemble 3
FOURTH SEMESTER
Continuing Learning and Information Literacy/Ethics Choose any Continuing Learning and Information Literacy/Ethics listed (Prefer DAT*H101) 3
Social Phenomena Choose any Social Phenomena listed (Prefer ANT*H101, PSY*H111, or SOC*H101) 3
Program Requirement DAN*H112 Jazz II: Broadway and Film Dance 3
Program Requirement DAN*H222 Choreographic Principles/Ensemble 3
Program Requirement Dance Elective◊◊◊? 3

Total Credits: 60-62

Any given course may only be used to satisfy one of the competency areas even if it is listed under more than one.

MAT*H137 and courses numbered lower than MAT*H137 will not transfer to Connecticut State Universities as Quantitative Reasoning courses.

◊◊At least one Scientific Knowledge and Understanding OR Scientific Reasoning course must have a lab component.

◊◊◊In addition to DAN 118, students should take a total of two credits from DAN 119, 120, 232, or 233 in their 4th semester.

◊◊◊?Students should choose 3 credits from DAN 109 &209 (1cr each), 140 (1cr), 225, 224, or 231

Upon successful completion of all program requirements, graduates will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate and execute warm-up exercises specific to all dance forms (ballet, modern, ethnic, jazz).
  2. Execute desirable physical activity, preparation, and training for the dancer, actor, or musician so that she/he may intelligently choose a further course of action in the arts.
  3. Execute a variety of choreographic styles to enhance and broaden movement and choreographic vocabulary utilizing time, space and energy.
  4. Demonstrate kinesthetic awareness, mental and physical coordination, rhythmic sensitivity, and musicality.
  5. Identify dancers and choreographers and their particular contributions to the field of dance and their processes in creating dance.
  6. Choreograph and perform movement and demonstrate performance skills of concentration, projection, characterization, expression and ensemble work.
  7. Demonstrate wherewithal for scheduling and conducting rehearsals and producing a performance that includes staging, lighting, costuming, decor, and publicity.

Certificate in Dance

Students must successfully complete the following credit courses with a “B” average:

Course No. Title Credits
DAN*H101 History & Appreciation of World Dance 3
DAN*H102 Ballet I: Renaissance to Romantic 3
DAN*H111 Jazz Dance I: Afro-Caribbean/American
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DAN*H112 Jazz Dance II: Broadway and Film 3
DAN*H113 Modern I: Pioneers of America 3
DAN*H202 Ballet II: Classical to Contemporary 3
DAN*H213 Modern Dance II 3
DAN*H221 Repertory/Ensemble I 3
DAN*H222 Choreographic Principles/Ensemble I 3
Total Credit Hours 24

Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of all program requirements, graduates will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate mastery skills and techniques necessary for studio and/or theatre dance.
  2. Execute a comprehensive historical repertoire of various dance genres using appropriate movement vocabulary.
  3. Demonstrate dance as a means of communication and as a reflection of one’s society.
  4. Make an accurate assessment of personal & students’ (if teaching) technical and artistic strengths and weaknesses.
  5. Execute effectively production skills from the choreographic process to the performance.

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Certificate Programs

Certificate Programs

This certificate in dance is designed for individuals who are looking to enhance their technique, broaden their repertoire, and build their choreographic options and production skills. This program is tailored for those who wish to work or presently work with either children or adults in studio, theater, early childhood or community service environments. Individuals wishing to broaden their dance foundation for working in the art or entertainment industries also may be served.

Many individuals who teach dance have a limited access to higher education in dance. There is a need for technical as well as artistic training. This program will address these needs by providing a firm foundation in the major aspects of dance so that the student may feel confident in his/her involvement in the dance world.

A Formal Pathways to Dance Certification K-12 has been designed for the public school teacher wishing to obtain the State of Connecticut's pending certification.

Students entering this program should have a basic foundation in dance. If the individual does not possess either a degree or experience, he/she may consider enrolling in the Visual and Performing Arts/Dance Degree option. Credits may be applied toward the degree program. Students may substitute, with permission, other dance offerings to fit their needs.

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Academic & Transfer

The requirements for a degree in visual and performing arts allow you to transfer seamlessly to most four-year colleges and to successfully complete your bachelor's degree in dance without loss of credit or time. 

Career Paths

Whether you are a performer, a teacher or simply exploring your passion, a focus in dance will give you the opportunity to teach, choreograph, perform and explore endless opportunities while doing something you love. Our classes will help you prepare to further your study or seek employment as a:

  • Dance Educator
  • Dance Studio Teacher/Owner
  • Dance Therapy Assistant
  • Community Service Organization Worker
  • Production Assistant
  • Choreographer
  • Dance Therapy Assistant
  • Dancer in the Arts and Entertainment Industry.
  • Stage Manager

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