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Dance: Jazz Certificate Kinesiology, Athletics, & Dance Total Units: 12.5
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Term Effective: Fall 2012


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:

  1. Demonstrate proficiency in jazz dance form, in both the performance and production aspects of dance;
  2. display the skills and techniques necessary for employment as instructors, choreographers, and/or performers; and
  3. apply the craft and aesthetic qualities of dance orally, practically, and in writing.

Recommended Sequence of Courses

Students interested in a suggested order for taking classes in this program, please view the recommended course sequence.

Program Requirements:

The requirements for the Dance: Jazz Certificate program are:

  • Complete 12.5 units from
    • Dance Core Requirements
    • Jazz Emphasis Requirements

Dance Core Requirements - complete 9.50 units
DANCE 3.1Choreography I2.00
KFIT 50Teaching Aide1.00-2.00
Complete any combination totaling at least 2.00 units from the following:
DANCE 27Dance Production2.00
DANCE 28Choreography for Performance2.00
DANCE 29Dance Ensemble2.00-3.00
Complete any combination totaling at least 4.50 units from the following:
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 21.3Hip Hop/Funk III1.00-2.00
Jazz Emphasis Requirements - complete 3.00 units
Complete any combination totaling at least 3.00 units from the following:
DANCE 13.3Jazz Dance III1.00-2.00
DANCE 13.4Jazz Dance IV1.00-2.00

Term Effective: Fall 2012

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 2013

Previous Versions:

Dance: Jazz - effective Spring 2012
Dance: Jazz - effective Fall 2010
Dance: Jazz - effective Summer 2009
Dance: Jazz - effective Fall 2008
Dance: Jazz - effective Spring 2008
Dance: Jazz - effective Spring 2007
Dance: Jazz - effective Fall 1981

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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