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Dance: Jazz Emphasiss Certificate Kinesiology, Athletics, & Dance Total Units: 17
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Term Effective: Fall 1981


The Dance: Jazz Achievement 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 Emphasiss Certificate program are:

  • Complete 17 units from
    • Dance Core Requirements
    • Jazz Emphasis Requirements

Dance Core Requirements - complete 11.00 units
PE 40Survey of Dance History3.00
Complete any combination totaling at least 2.00 units from the following:
Complete any combination totaling at least 3.00 units from the following:
ANAT 1General Human Anatomy5.00
ART 2AArt Appreciation & History3.00
ART 2BArt Appreciation & History3.00
PE 146.1Beginning Ballet1.00
PE 149.1Beginning Jazz Dance1.00
PE 147.1Beginning Modern Dance1.00
PE 148.1Beginning Tap Dance1.00
PE 145.1Fundamentals of Folk Dance1.00
PE 145.2International Folk Dance1.00
PE 145.3Balkan Folk Dance1.00
MUS 7AIntroduction to Music Appreciation3.00
MUS 7BIntroduction to Music Appreciation3.00
PE 150.1Beginning Aerobic Dance1.00-2.00
PHYSIO 50Introduction to Exercise Physiology3.00
THAR 21Introduction to Costuming3.00
THAR 22AIntroduction to Makeup2.00
Jazz Emphasis Requirements - complete 6.00 units
Complete any combination totaling at least 2.00 units from the following:
PE 149.2Intermediate Jazz Dance1.00
Complete any combination totaling at least 4.00 units from the following:
PE 23Rhythmic Analysis1.00
PE 146.2Intermediate Ballet1.00
PE 149.2Intermediate Jazz Dance1.00
PE 147.2Intermediate Modern Dance1.00-2.00
PE 161.1Beginning Body Mechanics1.00-2.00

Term Effective: Fall 1981

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: Spring 2007

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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