About ACC Dance
The Associate of Arts degree in dance provides an opportunity for students to complete the first two years of study towards a bachelor’s degree in Dance, gain practical teaching and production experience, fulfill their Creative Arts, and Language, Philosophy and Culture core curriculum requirements, and become more knowledgeable patrons of the arts.
The department offers students an opportunity to investigate the dance field and supports them in finding their own niche therein. Recognizing each individual’s unique life experience and cultural background, the program encourages students to express themselves through the technical study, creation, and performance of dance. Students gain technical skills, and serve as company members, while enjoying the benefits of working alongside professional choreographers, performers, instructors, and designers.
Service Learning opportunities provide students with hands-on experience in the dance field. Dance Production students receive college credit and get first–hand experience producing shows, working on marketing and publicity teams, and administering the business side of non-profit arts organizations. Dance Practicum students build teaching portfolios while interning in after school programs and private studios in the Austin area.
Community dance classes
All ACC dance courses are now available through the continuing education department’s community programs, allowing people who are not on a degree path with ACC Dance to learn dance with the same college professors who teach ACC’s dance degree courses. Community courses boast lower course fees than those charged by most private studios. Community dance courses are available for non-dance majors as well as community members 16 years or older. These classes are less expensive than private studio classes. Sign up for community courses at continue.austincc.edu.
Non-dance majors fulfilling a core curriculum requirement
DANC 2303 Dance Appreciation fulfills the creative arts core curriculum requirement. This is a lecture class offered in both online and in-person formats on several ACC campuses at a variety of times and days, every semester.
DANC 1305 World Dance fulfills the language, philosophy and culture core curriculum requirement. This lecture class is supplemented with weekly lab experience, learning cultural dances from a variety of cultures. (No dance experience necessary.)
The degree plan’s sequence of dance courses is recommended based on a general progression of skill. We have made an effort to group studio classes in such a way that classes can be taken back-to-back with a 5-10 minute break between classes. Course sequences found on our degree plan and program map can be modified on a case-by-case basis to accommodate schedules. New dance majors are encouraged to contact the department chair for advising.