Dance: Jazz Certificate Kinesiology, Athletics, & Dance Total Units: 17.0

Term Effective: Summer 2009

The requirements for this program of study are effective beginning the semester shown above. If you began working on this program before the effective semester, you may not be affected by the changes. Consult with the program contact person or the department chair to determine your eligibility to complete the program under previous requirements.

Term Inactive: Fall 2010

Previous Versions:

Dance: Jazz - effective Fall 2008
Dance: Jazz - effective Spring 2008
Dance: Jazz - effective Spring 2007
Dance: Jazz - effective Fall 1981


The Dance: Jazz Skills Certificate will give the student dancer an opportunity to present validation of his or her time, effort, and talent in dance. The certificate encompasses teaching, performing, and the choice of a dance style.

Jazz dance style is always changing. The technique used in jazz classes can take on many attitudes depending on instructor and style influence. Some of the major jazz styles today are lyrical jazz, musical theatre, west coast jazz, modern jazz, jazz funk, and Latin jazz. Jazz dance is appealing because of its energy and variety. It can reflect and inspire a variety of moods. The various jazz dances have been characterized by the use of improvisation and influenced by rhythms and techniques of jazz music.

The student who receives the Jazz Competency Certificate will have a better opportunity to obtain employment at dance studios and recreational classes, or work as a choreographer with community or school plays.

More information about the Dance program can be found at the Dance page on the Athletics Department website.

Program Requirements:

The requirements for the Dance: Jazz program are:

  • Complete 17.0 units from
    • Dance Core Requirements
    • Jazz Emphasis Requirements

Dance Core Requirements - complete 11.00 units
DANCE 2Survey of Dance History3.00
DANCE 3.1Choreography I2.00
PHYED 50Teaching Aides1.00-2.00
Complete any combination totaling at least 2.00 units from the following:
DANCE 28Choreography for Performance2.00
DANCE 29Dance Ensemble2.00-3.00
Complete any combination totaling at least 3.00 units from the following:
ANAT 1General Human Anatomy5.00
ART 2.1History & Aesthetic Appreciation of Prehistoric - Gothic Art3.00
ART 2.2History and Appreciation of Late Gothic to Impressionist Art3.00
DANCE 11.1Ballet I1.00-2.00
DANCE 11.2Ballet II1.00-2.00
DANCE 13.1Jazz Dance I1.00-2.00
DANCE 13.2Jazz Dance II1.00-2.00
DANCE 16.1Modern Dance I1.00-2.00
DANCE 16.2Modern Dance II1.00-2.00
DANCE 18.1Tap Dance I1.00
DANCE 18.3Tap Dance III1.00
DANCE 21.1Hip Hop/Funk I1.00-2.00
DANCE 21.2Hip Hop/Funk II1.00-2.00
DANCE 30Dance Outreach1.00-2.00
DANCE 35Improvisation1.00
DANCE 37.1Ballroom Dance I1.00
DANCE 37.3Ballroom Dance III1.00
DANCE 40Introduction to Folk Dance1.00
DANCE 41International Folk Dance1.00
DANCE 42Greek Folk Dance1.00
DANCE 43Balkan Folk Dance1.00
DANCE 44Israeli and Middle Eastern Dance1.00
DANCE 45Bulgarian Folk Dance1.00
DANCE 46Romanian Folk Dance1.00
DANCE 72Dance Repertory0.50-1.50
PHYED 27.1Beginning Aerobic Dance1.00-2.00
PHYED 27.2Intermediate Aerobic Dance1.00-2.00
PHYED 28.1Beginning Step Aerobics1.00-2.00
PHYED 28.2Intermediate Step Aerobics1.00-2.00
PHYSIO 50Exercise, Fitness and Wellness4.00
PHYSIO 58Introduction to Human Physiology3.00
THAR 10AIntroduction to Techniques of Acting3.00
THAR 21Introduction to Costuming3.00
THAR 22AIntroduction to Makeup2.00
THAR 26Theatrical Lighting3.00
THAR 42Dance-Theatre Workshop1.00-2.00
Jazz Emphasis Requirements - complete 6.00 units
Complete any combination totaling at least 2.00 units from the following:
DANCE 13.3Jazz Dance III1.00-2.00
DANCE 13.4Jazz Dance IV1.00-2.00
Complete any combination totaling at least 4.00 units from the following:
DANCE 3.2Choreography II2.00
DANCE 4Music for Dance2.00
DANCE 11.3Ballet III1.00-2.00
DANCE 11.4Ballet IV1.00-2.00
DANCE 13.3Jazz Dance III1.00-2.00
DANCE 13.4Jazz Dance IV1.00-2.00
DANCE 14Lyrical Jazz Dance1.00-2.00
DANCE 16.3Modern Dance III1.00-2.00
DANCE 16.4Modern Dance IV1.00-2.00
DANCE 35Improvisation1.00
PHYED 32Body Mechanics1.00-2.00
PHYED 33Pilates Mat1.00-2.00
PHYED 35Yoga1.00-2.00

Course Prerequisites and Advisories:

Courses in a program of study may have prerequisites or advisories; that is, courses that must or should be completed before taking that course. Please check for prerequisites or advisories by clicking on the course numbers in the Program Requirements section.

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