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Dance Teacher (SOC CODE: 25-1121.00)

Job Description Overview

Teach courses in drama, music, and the arts including fine and applied art, such as painting and sculpture, or design and crafts. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

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Sample Job Duties

  • Explain and demonstrate artistic techniques.
  • Evaluate and grade students' class work, performances, projects, assignments, and papers.
  • Initiate, facilitate, and moderate classroom discussions.
  • Prepare course materials, such as syllabi, homework assignments, and handouts.
  • Maintain student attendance records, grades, and other required records.
  • Prepare students for performances, exams, or assessments.
  • Prepare and deliver lectures to undergraduate or graduate students on topics such as acting techniques, fundamentals of music, and art history.
  • Plan, evaluate, and revise curricula, course content, course materials, and methods of instruction.
  • Compile, administer, and grade examinations, or assign this work to others.
  • Organize performance groups and direct their rehearsals.

    What Classes Do I Need to Take?

    • Dance Teacher Certificate

      Certificate L0355
      The Dance Teacher Certificate is intended to prepare students for careers as dance instructors in private dance studios, recreation centers, and K-12 dance programs. Focus is on the genres of Ballet, Jazz and Modern Dance with pedagogical principles that can be applied to other dance forms. This certificate may aid the student’s search for an entry-level job in the dance teaching world.

      Required Courses

      DN-T 20History and Appreciation of Dance3
      DN-T 38Dance Teaching Methods3
      DNCE 2BBallet II1
      DNCE 4Choreography0.5
      DNCE 11ASocial Dance Forms I 11
      DNCE 12BModern II 11
      DNCE 14BJazz II 11
      DNCE 18ATap I0.5
      DNCE 24Dance Production1.5
      DNCE 32Commercial Dance0.5
      DNCE 33Improvisation0.5
      DNCE 34Dance Directives0.5
      DNCE 35Repertory2
      DNCE 39AAlignment and Correctives I0.5
      KIN 24Applied Kinesiology2
      Total Units18.5

       Kinesiology, Athletics, and Dance Website

    • Dance Teacher Skills Certificate

      Certificate E0313
      The Dance Teacher Certificate is intended to prepare students for careers as dance instructors in private dance studios, recreation centers and K-12 dance programs. Focus is on the genres of Ballet, Jazz and Modern Dance with pedagogical principles that can be applied to other dance forms. This certificate may aid the student’s search for an entry-level job in the dance teaching world.

      Required Courses

      DNCE 2BBallet II0.5
      DNCE 4Choreography0.5
      DNCE 12BModern II0.5
      DNCE 14BJazz II0.5
      DNCE 24Dance Production1
      DNCE 33Improvisation0.5
      DNCE 35Repertory2
      DNCE 39AAlignment and Correctives I0.5
      DN-T 20History and Appreciation of Dance3
      DN-T 38Dance Teaching Methods3
      KIN 24Applied Kinesiology2
      Total Units14

      Kinesiology, Athletics, and Dance Website  

      Guided Pathway of Study

    • Kinesiology & Wellness Emphasis, AA Liberal Arts & Sciences

      Degree A8986
      An emphasis in Kinesiology and Wellness provides the student with an understanding of kinesiology, health promotion, and the mechanics of human bodily movement. In addition to the foundational physical education and movement courses, students select courses from a scientific and nutrition and behavioral development and diversity cluster.

      This degree requires the completion of General Education coursework plus the following:

      Required Courses

      Cluster 1: Kinesiology, Movement, and Health Promotion
      Choose six to eight units from the following:6-8
      DN-T 18
      Introduction to Dance
      DN-T 20
      History and Appreciation of Dance
      KIN 3
      First Aid and CPR
      or KIN 5
      Advanced First Aid/CPR/Emergency Response
      KIN 13
      Sports Officiating
      KIN 19
      Introduction to Care/Prevention of Activity/Sports -Related Injuries
      KIN 34
      Fitness for Living
      KIN 39
      Techniques of Fitness Testing
      KIN 44
      Theory of Coaching
      KIN 17
      Introduction to Kinesiology
      Cluster 2: Scientific and Nutrition Background
      Choose a minimum of three to five units from the following:3-5
      ANAT 10A
      Introductory Human Anatomy
      or ANAT 35
      Human Anatomy
      ANAT 10B
      Introductory Human Physiology
      or ANAT 36
      Human Physiology
      ANAT 35
      Human Anatomy
      ANAT 36
      Human Physiology
      BIOL 1
      General Biology
      BIOL 4
      Biology for Majors
      or BIOL 4H
      Biology for Majors - Honors
      BIOL 5
      Contemporary Health Issues
      BIOL 13
      Human Reproduction, Development and Aging
      CHEM 10
      Chemistry for Allied Health Majors
      CHEM 40
      Introduction to General Chemistry
      CHEM 50
      General Chemistry I
      or CHEM 50H
      General Chemistry I - Honors
      MICR 1
      Principles of Microbiology
      MICR 22
      Microbiology
      NF 10
      Nutrition for Health and Wellness
      or NF 12
      Sports Nutrition
      NF 25
      Introduction to Nutrition Science
      or NF 25H
      Introduction to Nutrition Science - Honors
      PHYS 1
      Physics
      PHYS 2AG
      General Physics
      PSYC 1B
      Biological Psychology
      Cluster 3: Behavioral Development and Diversity
      Choose a minimum of three to four units from the following:3-4
      ANTH 5
      Principles of Cultural Anthropology
      ANTH 22
      General Cultural Anthropology
      CHLD 1
      Child, Family, School and Community
      CHLD 10
      Child Growth and Lifespan Development
      or CHLD 10H
      Child Growth and Lifespan Development- Honors
      CHLD 11
      Child and Adolescent Development
      COUN 2
      College Success Strategies
      COUN 5
      Career and Life Planning
      PSYC 1A
      Introduction to Psychology
      or PSYC 1AH
      Introduction to Psychology - Honors
      PSYC 3
      Introduction to Research Methods in Psychology
      PSYC 14
      Developmental Psychology
      PSYC 15
      Introduction to Child Psychology
      PSYC 17
      Introduction to Human Services
      PSYC 26
      Psychology of Sexuality
      PSYC 33
      Psychology for Effective Living
      SOC 1
      Sociology
      or SOC 1H
      Sociology - Honors
      SOC 2
      Contemporary Social Problems
      or SOC 2H
      Contemporary Social Problems - Honors
      SOC 15
      Child Development
      SOC 20
      Sociology of Ethnic Relations
      or SOC 20H
      Sociology of Ethnic Relations - Honors
      Activity Courses
      Choose a minimum of two courses from the following:1
      DNCE 1
      Ballet Fundamentals
      DNCE 10
      Modern Fundamentals
      DNCE 17
      Jazz Fundamentals
      DNCE 28
      Theater Dance I
      DNCE 41
      Pilates I
      KINA 8A
      Swimming - Beginning
      KINF 10A
      Weight Training - Beginning
      KINF 34A
      Cardiorespiratory Training Beginning
      KINF 36A
      Circuit Training Beginning
      KINF 38A
      Aerobics-Beginning
      KINI 4A
      Badminton - Beginning
      KINI 18A
      Golf - Beginning
      KINI 29
      Self Defense/Martial Arts
      KINI 33A
      Kickboxing Beginning
      KINI 50A
      Yoga
      KINS 2A
      Basketball Beginning
      KINS 10A
      Beginning Soccer
      KINS 24A
      Volleyball - Beginning
      KINX 88
      Pre-Season Athletics
      KINX 99
      Off-Season Athletics
      KINL 2
      Physical Fitness for the Physically Limited
      KINL 18
      Weight Training for the Physically Limited
      Must complete at least 18 units. Remaining units must be taken from clusters 1 – 3 if not already taken. 0-5
      For Area of Emphasis
      Total Units13-23

      Kinesiology, Athletics, and Dance Website 

      Guided Pathway of Study

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