Welcome to the Dance Department
The Dance Department is committed to successfully prepare students for transfer to a 4-year university dance programs and provide the foundation and skills to enter the dance profession. Our dance program prepares students to improve their level of body technique, performance and expression.
We offer classes in dance technique and production. As a result of studying and experiencing the dance, students experience strong self-discipline. They achieve higher test scores, increased self-awareness and greater confidence.
The dance classes are open to everybody and we encourage all students to include some aspect of performing arts during their studies at Cañada College. The goal of the dance department is to introduce students to the joy of movement through dance.
Careers in Dance | Program Map
Career opportunities include Dance Performers, Dance Instructors, Dance Teachers, Dance Aerobics Instructors and Choreographers. Dancers perform in a variety of settings, including opera, musical theater, and other musical productions. They also perform in television, movies, music videos, and commercials, in which they may sing and act.
Choreographers and Dance Instructors create original dances, teach dance and develop new interpretations of existing dances. They work in theaters, dance schools, dance and movie studios, and at fashion shows, and are involved in auditioning performers for dance parts.
To explore careers and view the program/course map for the Dance AA degree, please visit the Program Map page for more information:
Students completing this program will be able to:
- Recognize and evaluate the importance of physical activity in leading a healthy, functional
lifestyle and in creating or increasing a sense of well-being.
Assessment: written test, student log.
- Exhibit interpersonal communication, cooperative relationships and social interaction
within diverse and dynamic environments.
Assessment: Observation, group projects.
- Analyze and understand the discipline of kinesiology to apply appropriate scientific
and quantitative conclusions to physical activity.
Assessment: written exam, portfolio, case studies.
- Demonstrate and improve fitness components along with alignment, body positioning,
special awareness, or rhythm while performing exercise movements.
Assessment: Pre and post testing, observation with rubric
- Demonstrate professional and ethical decision-making and civic responsibility when
applying knowledge of kinesiology.
Assessment: Written exam, role playing/observation, case studies.