PROGRAM OF STUDY DANCE A.A. Degree
The Department of Dance and Folk Dance at Laney College offers an Associate Arts Degree in Dance, and a choice of several Certificates of Achievement (CTA): Modern Dance Teaching Preparation and Performance CTA; Jazz Dance Teaching Preparation and Performance CTA; World Folkloric Dance Teaching Preparation and Performance CTA; Ballet Dance Teaching Preparation and Performance CTA; Pilates Mat Teacher Training CTA ; Pilates Reformer Teacher Training, and Pilates Comprehensive Apparatus Teacher Training CTA. These comprehensive programs are designed to prepare students as artists, innovators, and global leaders who can perform, teach, and build careers in Commercial Dance, Pilates industries, and related fields.
Students may choose to study abroad through the departments' multiple global education programs, including a 16-week cultural immersion in Ghana, West Africa, where students collaborate with peers from the University of Cape Coast, National Theater, Village Communities, and local dance companies on projects of interest. The dance program at Laney has a 12-year track record of faculty-led study abroad. Past regions of study include Ghana, Benin, Cuba, and Haiti. New Covid-19 restrictions may impact course offerings and future travel destinations.
The Dance AA Degree program blends an extensive curriculum designed to equip students with 21st century global citizenship and intercultural competencies that extend way beyond the classroom- assets which may be the most valuable of all competencies for employers due to their cross cultural, cross curricular applications.
For the Associate Arts Dance Degree, students must complete the General Education pattern, courses for the major for a total of 60 units. Students wishing to continue transfer to the CSU or UC system should meet with a counselor to develop a transfer plan which addresses all major and general education transfer requirements.
CTE: The Associate Arts Degree in Dance is related to the following careers and more!*
*Some careers require further training plus additional education. Please consult with your Dance AA advisor, Department Chair of Dance for more information on K-Post Secondary Education requirements. For more information about dance at Laney College, visit. https://laney.edu/dance/aa-dance-degree/.
The number of students projected to earn the AA Dance Degree is 5-7 based upon the current number of AA Dance majors in the pipeline scheduled to graduate within the next year.. We expect this number to increase after the program modifications are approved. Our modifications are rooted in student-centered research conducted by the Dance Department via surveys. The information gathered revealed that students desire a globalized program centered in social justice awareness, commercial dance preparation to perform in dance companies, amusement parks, and entertainment industries such as music videos, film, and television. The department is historically known for its ethnically diverse courses and although our program offers a variety of programs representative of Laney's student body, our program was designed 45 years ago when the department was founded. In order to grow with the times, the department needed to make significant changes to the degree in addition to adding more opportunities for students to attain CTA along the way so that they may seek careers and employment sooner. The alignment of our AA Degree with the development of our Certificates of Achievement has been a four-year process in the making and bringing the courses, degrees and CTA together is essential to building and sustaining a cohesive program modification. Our modifications compliment the newly proposed CTA course requirements and programs. All courses are either active, recently updated, approved and/or under present review.
We expect our annual completer numbers to grow as students may be incentivized to pursue their AA degree after attaining CTA program completion.
In conjunction with our Advisory Board recommendations, the goals of the AA Dance Degree program may be understood as a comprehensive degree designed to:
Advisory Board Meeting Minutes:
Dance Major course requirements to be applied towards the the Associate Arts Degree in Dance can be completed in three semesters with the fourth semester designed for students to complete any missing coursework.. Students may choose to take more or less Dance electives in any given semester along their degree attainment pathway. Recommended course sequence:
Dance 60- Ballet I - 1 unit
Dance 64- Modern Dance I - 1 unit
Jazz Dance I- 1 unit
Dance 100B- Beginning Hip-Hop Dance and Break Dance- 1 unit
Dance 180- Haitian Folkloric Dance I- 2 units
Dance 001- History of Dance- 3 units
Dance 8A- Dance Composition and Choreography - 3 units
Dance 006- Dance Production- 3 units
5 units of electives
Completion of any remaining course requirements for the Associate Arts Degree. For students seeking to transfer into the Dance Performance and Inclusion major at CSUEB, taking the recommended course, THART 40 is advised but not required.
TOTAL 20 UNITS
Core Curriculum- All of the following (9 units): Credit Hours (9 required)
(Y1 or S1)
|DANCE 001||History of Dance||3||Y1, S2|
|DANCE 006||Dance Production, Rehearsal and Performance||3||Y2, S3|
|DANCE 008A||Dance Composition and Choreography||3||Y1, S2|
|Required Activity Courses - All of the following (6 units):Credit Hours: (6 Required)|
|DANCFOLK 010A||Beginning Hip-Hop and Break Dance||1||Y1, S1|
|DANCFOLK 057F||Haitian Folkloric Dance I||2||Y1, S1|
|DANCE 060||Ballet I||1||Y1, S1|
|DANCE 064||Jazz Dance I||1||Y1, S1|
|DANCE 068||Modern Dance I||1||Y1, S1|
|Electives - Select a minimum of 5 units from the following (5 units):Credit Hours: (5 Required)|
|DANCFOLK 002F||Hip Hop Revolution||4||Y2, S3|
|DANCFOLK 003F||Ballet Folklórico Zapateado I||1||Y2, S3|
|DANCFOLK 004F||Dance Conditioning I||1||Y2, S3|
|DANCE 007||Dance Perspectives Abroad||5||Y2, S3|
|DANCFOLK 009F||Dance Movement Curriculum Integration||3||Y2, S3|
|DANCFOLK 020F||Survey of Asian Cultural Dance Forms||2||Y2, S3|
|DANCFOLK 055F||Polynesian Dance||1||Y2, S3|
|DANCFOLK 056F||Dance, Drums, and African Polyrhythms||2||Y2, S3|
|DANCFOLK 058F||Haitian Folkloric Dance II||2||Y2, S3|
|DANCE 061||Ballet II||1||Y2, S3|
|DANCE 062||Ballet III||1||Y2, S3|
|DANCE 063||Ballet IV||1||Y2, S3|
|DANCE 065||Jazz Dance II||2||Y2, S3|
|DANCE 066||Jazz Dance III||2||Y2, S3|
|DANCE 067||Jazz Dance IV||2||Y2, S3|
|DANCE 069||Modern Dance II||2||Y2, S3|
|DANCE 070||Modern Dance III||2||Y2, S3|
|DANCE 071||Modern Dance IV||2||Y2, S3|
|DANCFOLK 072F||Jazz Tap I||1||Y2, S3|
|DANCFOLK 073F||Jazz Tap II||1||Y2, S3|
|DANCFOLK 076F||West African Folkloric Dance I||1||Y2, S3|
|DANCFOLK 077F||West African Folkloric Dance II||1||Y2, S3|
|DANCFOLK 078F||West African Dance Folkloric III||1||Y2, S3|
|DANCFOLK 079F||West African Folkloric Dance IV||1||Y2, S3|
|DANCE 092||Salsa I||1||Y2, S3|
|Total Major UnitsCredit Hours: (20 Required)|
|Dance - A.A. Degree|