Dance Department at Golden West College
Arts and Letters Division

Dr. David Hudson, Dean

For more information contact:
Laurie Camody
Division Coordinator
lcamody@gwc.cccd.edu
714-895-8772

DANCE

The Golden West College Dance Program includes general education, education for an A.A. with a major in Dance, and transfer to upper-division at colleges and universities. In a positive and creative environment, students are encouraged to develop their individual artistic identity along with a sense of the responsibility and discipline that is necessary for further study in a university or conservatory environment and a professional career.

The program is designed to guide students as they develop individual strengths, acquire new skills, and discover hidden talents. The program and members of the faculty provide services to the campus and community in the form of public performances, master classes, and workshops, fundraising, concert tours, adjudication, and significant outreach for the recruitment of new students. 

Associate in Arts Degree in Dance

Required courses


Associate in Arts Degree in Dance

The Dance Program in the Dance department, Arts and Letters Division includes general education, education for AA degree preparation and transfer to upper division at colleges and universities. Courses offered cover a wide variety of dance styles in small classes with individual attention to dancer’s needs. Careers for the dance major include dancer, choreographer, designer, technician and craftsperson, stage manager, arts manager, arts consultant, communications and teaching in professional, secondary and postsecondary education. Students learn and acquire skills in all elements of dance. The Dance Department plays an active role in the community by presenting workshops, master classes and performances at schools and special events. Dance department faculty provide services to the campus and community in the form of public performances, fundraising, concert tours, adjudication and significant outreach for the recruitment of new students. The faculty are professional artists who present their work both within the community and nationally and are very friendly and available to students for advisement. GWC dance students also have opportunities to travel and perform in festivals within the US and abroad.

Program Level Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, students will be able to:

1. Gain an overview of the historical, cultural, and scientific dimensions of dance.

2. Explore the fundamental skills and techniques necessary for the public performance of dance.

3.Gain practical experience in the production aspects of dance.

4. Demonstrate the craft and aesthetic qualities of dance orally, practically, and in writing.

5. Develop competency in modern dance, ballet, and jazz dance, in order to pursue careers in education, health and fitness, or performance arenas, or to further academic preparation in dance studies.

Required courses

6 Units of Modern Dance from the following:

DANC G100 – Modern Dance 1 – Beginning – 2 units

DANC G145 – Modern Dance 2 – Intermediate – 2 units

DANC G200 – Modern Dance 3 – Advanced – 2 units

6 Units of Ballet from the following:

DANC G120 – Ballet 1 – Beginning – 2 units

DANC G155 – Ballet 2 – Intermediate – 2 units

DANC G220 – Ballet 3 – Advanced – 2 units

4 Units of Jazz Dance from the following:

DANC G125 – Jazz Dance 1 – Beginning – 2 units

DANC G160 – Contemporary Dance Styles – 2 units

DANC G225 – Jazz Dance 2 – Advanced – 2 units

1 Unit of Conditioning for Dance

DANC G105 – Strength and Stretch – 1 unit

DANC G106 – Strength and Stretch 2 – Intermediate – 1 unit

DANC G108 – Pilates and Barre for Dancers – 1 unit

4 Units of Choreography, Performance and Production Dance:

DANC G230 – Choreography – 2 units

DANC G235 – Modern Dance Ensemble– 2 units

DANC G240 – Tap Dance Ensemble– 1-2 units

DANC G245 – Performance Ensemble– 1-2 units

DANC G250 – Studio Production and Performance – 1-2 units

DANC G260 – Dance Production and Performance– 2-3 units

2 Units from the following classes:

DANC G112 – Ballroom Dance – 1 unit

DANC G113 – Ballroom Dance 2 – Beginning 1 unit

DANC G115 – Tap Dance 1 – Beginning – 2 units

DANC G119 – Hip Hop Dance – 1 unit

DANC G130 – Musical Theatre Dance – 2 units

DANC G135 – Beginning Middle Eastern Dance – 0.5-1 units

DANC G136 – Intermediate/Adv Middle Eastern Dance – 0.5-1 units

DANC G150 – Tap Dance 2 – Intermediate – 2 units

DANC G215 – Tap Dance 3 – Advanced – 2 units

DANC G219 – Hip Hop Dance 2 – 1 unit

DANC G230 – Choreography – 2 units

Recommended classes from Dance and other academic areas:

BIOL G220 Human Anatomy – 4 units

DANC G101 Viewing Dance – 3 units

MUS G101 History & Appreciation of Music – 3 units

THEA G106 Acting – 1 – 3 units

THEA G175 Stage Scenery – 3 units

THEA G176 Stage Lighting – 3 units

THEA G177 Make-Up – 3 units

THEA G178 Introduction to Stage Costume – 3 units

Major Total: 23 units

GE Pattern: GWC AA, CSU General Education Breadth or IGETC Pattern: 21-39 units

DEGREE TOTAL UNITS (maximum): 60 units

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DANCE G100 – 2 Units
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Modern Dance 1 – Beginning
This course provides instruction and practice in fundamental modern dance techniques, improvisation and composition. Development of an understanding and appreciation of modern dance as an art form. Lecture & lab. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU; UC.

DANCE G101 – 3 Units
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Viewing Dance
“Viewing Dance” is an introduction to contemporary dance theatre through viewing dance films and performances. The historical development of dance from ritual to contemporary forms will be primarily discussed in relation to Western-based genres of dance,such as, ballet, modern, tap, and jazz. Students will view associated dance works and discuss relevant components. Students will be required to attend a live performance and submit a critique. Discussions and assignments will address social and psychological concerns, sexuality, race, gender, and aesthetics, as they come into play within the art form of dance. Lecture. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU; UC.

DANCE G105 – 1 Unit
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Strength and Stretch
This course provides instruction and practice in fundamental stretching techniques, strength conditioning and correction of body alignment. Students will learn stretch combinations on the floor, with partners and at the ballet barre. There will be discussions of anatomical theories and exercises leading to correct body alignment. Lecture & lab. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU; UC.

DANCE G106 – 1 Unit
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Strength and Stretch 2 – Intermediate
Advisories: Dance G105
This course provides instruction and practice in intermediate level dance conditioning techniques, which includes Pilates training, Hatha yoga, gyrokinesis yoga, ballet floor barre and fitness training techniques. There will be discussion of nutrition and anatomical theories leading to correct body alignment. Lecture & lab. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU.

DANCE G108 – 1 Unit
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Pilates and Barre for Dancers
Advisories: Dance G105 or Dance G106 or permission of instructor
This course is for the intermediate/advanced dancer to create a better understanding and application of the exercise principles, theory, and history of the Pilates method with classical ballet barre and is designed to improve and enhance dance technique and performance. This course will include training for dancers in Pilates principles, terminology, alignment, breath, strength and flexibility exercises. injury prevention, endurance and kinesiological awareness along with elements from classical ballet barre including plié, petite battement tendu, dégagé, rond de jambe, fondu, développé, grande battement, barre stretch in all positions and basic ballet terminology. Elements from Pilates may include but are not limited to mat work, ball, magic circle, theraband, foam roller and reformer. Proper breathing techniques will be emphasized. Lecture & lab. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU.

DANCE G112 – 1 Unit
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Ballroom Dance
A course designed to acquaint students with the fundamentals and various styles of ballroom dancing. There will be an introduction and overview to smooth, Latin, swing, and variety dances. The basics and variations of dances to be taught may include but are not limited to Fox Trot, Waltz, Cha Cha, Tango, Swing, Polka, Salsa, Country, Two Step, Cajun, and Hustle. The course overview is intended to cover the basic footwork, variations, styling, rhythm, timing, lead-follow, and dance characteristics of the dances taught. Lecture & lab. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU; UC.

DANCE G113 – 1 Unit
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Ballroom Dance 2 – Beginning
Prerequisites: Dance G112 or permission of instructor
This course is designed for students with some experience in ballroom dance and/or to further the study of ballroom dance begun in Dance G112. Course will provide review of ballroom dance styles including but not limited to smooth, Latin, swing, and variety dances. Course will emphasize more complex ballroom dance and partnering techniques. Course is designed to further the understanding of ballroom dance forms while enhancing appropriate level footwork, variations, styling, rhythm, timing, lead-follow, and dance characteristics. Dances to be introduced and practiced may include but are not limited to Fox Trot, Waltz, Cha Cha, Tango, Swing, Polka, Salsa, Country, Two Step, Cajun, and Hustle. Lecture & lab. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU.

DANCE G115 – 2 Units
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Tap Dance 1 – Beginning
(Formerly known as: Beginning Tap Dance)
This course is designed to develop beginning tap dance techniques. Lecture & lab. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU; UC.

DANCE G119 – 1 Unit
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Hip Hop Dance
This course is designed to introduce and instruct students in various styles of hip hop dance such as breaking, freestyle, locking, popping and other evolving contemporary dance forms at the beginning/intermediate level. Course overview is intended to cover the basic footwork, variations, styling, rhythms and timing. Instruction might also include additional hip hop techniques such as street dance, B-boying and improvisation. Course is designed for the student with little or no previous hip hop dance instruction. Lecture & lab. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU.

DANCE G120 – 2 Units
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Ballet 1 – Beginning
Instruction and practice in fundamental ballet techniques and correct use of ballet terminology at a beginning level. Students will learn basic alignment, warm-ups, barre work, centre floor adagio and allegro dance combinations. Lecture & lab. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU; UC.

DANCE G125 – 2 Units
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Jazz Dance 1 – Beginning
(Formerly known as: Jazz Dance 1)
This course provides instruction and practice in the techniques and styles of jazz dance. It is a course designed to develop jazz dance techniques using resource and movement materials. Experience in the creation, development and performance of jazz dance using jazz and rock music as the accompaniment. Lecture & lab. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU; UC.

DANCE G130 – 2 Units
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Dance for Musical Theater
This course is designed to acquaint the students with basic dance movements and techniques for musical stage productions. Students will learn choreography from famous stage and film musicals. Lecture & lab. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU; UC.

DANCE G135 – 0.5-1 Units
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Mid-Eastern Dance
This is a technique course emphasizing the social and stage dances from the region designated as the Near and Middle East. Lecture & lab. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU; UC.

DANCE G136 – 0.5-1 Units
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Intermediate/Advanced Mid-Eastern Dance
Advisories: Dance G135
This is a technique course emphasizing the social and stage dances from the region designated as the Near and Middle East which incorporates choreography, improvisation, movement, vocabulary, styling, veil work, and finger cymbal playing. Instruction at the intermediate and advanced levels is offered. Lecture & lab. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU; UC.

DANCE G145 – 2 Units
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Modern Dance 2 – Intermediate
(Formerly known as: Intermediate Modern Dance)
Instruction and practice in intermediate level modern dance technique. Students will learn modern dance warm-up techniques and combinations choreographed to live and recorded accompaniment. Students will have the opportunity to improvise and choreograph their own dance studies. Lecture & lab. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU; UC.

DANCE G150 – 2 Units
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Tap Dance 2 – Intermediate
(Formerly known as: Rhythm Tap Styles)
Instruction and practice in intermediate tap dance techniques. A thorough study of many rhythms and tempos, using tap sounds as the medium for the composition. Lecture & lab. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU; UC.

DANCE G155 – 2 Units
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Ballet 2 – Intermediate
Instruction and practice in intermediate ballet techniques. Classroom participation in barre work, complex center practice and intermediate adage and allegro ballet combinations. Lecture & lab. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU; UC.

DANCE G160 – 2 Units
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Contemporary Dance Styles
(Formerly known as: Commercial Dance Styles)
Advisories: DANC G125: Jazz Dance 1 – Beginning
Instruction and practice in intermediate jazz exercise techniques, jazz dance combinations, and complete jazz dances choreographed to jazz, rock and musical theater music. Lecture & lab. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU; UC.

DANCE G200 – 2 Units
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Modern Dance 3 – Advanced
(Formerly known as: Advanced Modern Dance)
Instruction and practice in advanced level modern dance techniques, theory, improvisation, and composition. Lecture & lab. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU; UC.

DANCE G212 – 1 Unit
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Ballroom Dance 3 – Intermediate
Prerequisites: Dance G113
A course designed to acquaint students with the fundamentals and various styles of ballroom dancing at an intermediate level. Dances to be taught may include but are not limited to Fox Trot, Waltz, Cha Cha, Tango, Swing, Polka, Salsa, Country, Two Step, Cajun, and Hustle at an intermediate level. The course will cover intermediate level footwork, variations, styling, rhythm, timing, lead-follow, and dance characteristics. Student is expected to be at intermediate level for smooth, Latin, swing, and variety dances. Lecture & lab. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU.

DANCE G213 – 1 Unit
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Ballroom Dance 4 – Advanced
Prerequisites: Dance G212
This course will further the study of ballroom dance begun in previous levels of ballroom dance instruction with emphasis on the complex structure and styles of advanced level ballroom dancing. This course will cover footwork, variations, styling, rhythm, timing, lead-follow, and dance characteristics of the advanced level dance styles taught. The advanced level ballroom dance styles to be demonstrated and taught may include but are not limited to Fox Trot, Waltz, Cha Cha, Tango, Swing, Polka, Salsa, Country, Two Step, Cajun, and Hustle. Lecture & lab. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU.

DANCE G215 – 2 Units
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Tap Dance 3 – Advanced
(Formerly known as: Advanced Tap Dance)
A complete study in advanced tap techniques in both rhythm and Broadway tap styles. Lecture & lab. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU; UC.

DANCE G219 – 1 Unit
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Hip Hop Dance 2
Prerequisites: Dance G119 or permission of instructor
This course will further the study of Hip Hop dance at the intermediate/advanced level. Emphasis will be on vocabulary, footwork, technical skills, styling and rhythms found in various styles of Hip Hop dance including but not limited to breaking, locking, popping, freestyle/improvisation, street dance and B-boying. Students will learn and create Hip Hop choreography in preparation for auditions and/or performance. Lecture & lab. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU.

DANCE G220 – 2 Units
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Ballet 3 – Advanced
Advanced level ballet techniques. Classroom participation in barre work, complex center practice and advanced adagio and allegro combinations. Lecture & lab. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU; UC. May not be offered each semester.

DANCE G225 – 2 Units
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Jazz Dance 2 – Advanced
(Formerly known as: Advanced Jazz Dance)
Instruction and practice in advanced jazz dance techniques. Students will learn jazz warm-up exercises, jazz combinations and complete dances choreographed to jazz, rock, and musical theater music. Current styles, staging, and composition of jazz dances will be included. Lecture & lab. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU; UC.

DANCE G230 – 2 Units
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Choreography
Instruction and practice of the elements of dance and the theories of choreography. Students will improvise and choreograph their own solo and group studies. There will be a variety of performance opportunities. Placement by audition only. Enrollment not accepted until audition is held at the first class meetings each semester. Lecture & lab. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU; UC.

DANCE G231 – 2 Units
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Choreography 2 – Intermediate/Advanced
Prerequisites: Dance G230 or permission of instructor
This course continues the study of the art of making dances. Instruction and practice of the elements of dance and the theories of choreography will be at the intermediate/advanced level and will continue to emphasize the elements of dance choreography composition: space, shape, time and energy. Students will improvise and choreograph solo and group compositions at the intermediate/advanced level while enjoying a variety of performance opportunities. Placement by audition only. Enrollment not accepted until audition at the first class meeting. Lecture & lab. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU

DANCE G235 – 2 Units
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Modern Dance Ensemble
A course designed for the dance student to learn new or previously choreographed modern dance works. These dances will be learned in their entirety and perfected to performance level. Students will perform the work at public performances during the semester. Placement by audition only. Enrollment not accepted until audition at the first class meeting. Lecture & lab. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU; UC. May not be offered each semester.

DANCE G240 – 1-2 Units
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Tap Dance Ensemble
A performance group for the advanced tap dancer. Students will learn and perfect several new or previously choreographed tap works. Students will be expected to perform publicly during the semester. Lecture & lab. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU; UC.

DANCE G245 – 1-2 Units
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Performance Ensemble
A performance group for the intermediate and advanced dancer. Students will learn and perfect several new or previously choreographed works. Students will be expected to perform publicly during the semester. Placement by audition only. Enrollment not accepted until audition at the first class meeting. Lecture & lab. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU; UC. May not be offered each semester.

DANCE G250 – 1-2 Units
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Studio Production and Performance
Prerequisites: Retention based upon successful audition
Corequisites: Enrollment in intermediate technique class such as Dance G145, G150, G155 or G160
This course is designed to instruct students interested in producing original choreography and performing in the dance studio at GWC and elsewhere in the community. They may also perform in an instructors choreography. All aspects of the production are studied: Choreography lighting, costuming, publicity, music, scenery design, and staging. Placement by audition only. Enrollment not accepted until audition at the first class meeting. Lecture & lab. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU; UC.

DANCE G251 – 1-2 Units
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Studio Production and Performance 2
Prerequisites: Dance G230 or Dance G250 or permission of instructor
This course will further the study of the creative and production aspects of running a dance ensemble for the purpose of community outreach and performance. This course is designed to allow continuing opportunities for students interested in producing original choreography and performing in the dance studio at GWC, on the GWC Mainstage and elsewhere in the community at an intermediate/advanced level. Students will be provided performance opportunities and experiences required for management of a dance company. All aspects of dance concert production are studied including choreography, lighting, costuming, publicity, music, scenery design, special effects and staging. Placement by audition only. Enrollment not accepted until audition at the first class meeting. Lecture & lab. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU.

DANCE G260 – 2-3 Units
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Dance Production and Performance
A course designed to prepare students for the creation and performance of dance with all the aspects of the dance production, i.e., choreography, lighting, costuming and music. Practical experience is obtained through college and community dance performances such as the annual student dance concert in the Golden West College Theater. Placement by audition only. Enrollment not accepted until audition at the first class meeting. Lecture & lab. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU; UC. May not be offered each semester.

DANCE G261 – 2-3 Units
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Dance Production and Performance 2
Prerequisites: Dance G260
This course continues students creation and performance of live concert dance at the intermediate/advanced level. All the aspects of dance production, including choreography, music and technical elements such as lighting, costuming, sound, special effects and set design will be emphasized. Practical experience is obtained through college and community dance performances including student dance concerts in the Golden West College Mainstage Theater. Placement by audition only. Enrollment not accepted until audition at the first class meeting. Lecture & lab. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU.

Most of the courses in this program  transfer to the California State University (CSU) system, the University of California (UC) system and Private colleges and universities. Please see your GWC Counselor early in your studies to choose the transfer option that is right for you.

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FULL-TIME FACULTY

Leslie Bitong