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.
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 Skills 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 Student Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this certificate, the student will be able to:
Recommended Sequence of Courses
- Demonstrate proficiency in jazz dance form, in both the performance and production aspects of dance;
- display the skills and techniques necessary for employment as instructors, choreographers, and/or performers; and
- apply the craft and aesthetic qualities of dance orally, practically, and in writing.
Students interested in a suggested order for taking classes in this program, please view the recommended course sequence.