Ballet. Jazz. Modern. World. Whether you are new to dance or already working in the field and looking to perfect your technique and acquire teaching skills, OCC’s highly respected Dance program can help explore or build upon your passion for dance. Our program can prepare you to become a dance performer or a dance instructor. We also offer Pilates teacher training, which will enable you to expand and apply your skills in yet another direction. Picture yourself doing what you love every day – read on to learn more about the programs our college offers.

A sampling of courses for these careers

  • Modern Dance
  • Classical Dance of India
  • Appreciation of Dance
  • Human Anatomy/Physiology
  • Kinesiology for Dance
  • Dance Composition

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Did you know?

Projected employment for dance performers in California is expected to increase by 12 percent
through 2024, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.


Program Details

Complete one of our certificate programs, and you’ll be well-prepared to enter a career in dance, and earn an associate degree for even greater advancement opportunities.

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Dance Instructor

Become qualified as an instructor in ballet, modern, jazz, tap and world dance forms in private studios, recreation or other community dance programs. Train for positions in the commercial and artistic areas of dance.

World Dance Instructor

Prepare to work as an instructor in a private studio, recreation or other community dance program, or serve as a consultant, lecturer or performer specializing in ethnic dance forms. Learn Mid-Eastern, Flamenco, Spanish classical, East Indian and African dance.

Pilates Instructor

Prepare to teach in a privately owned dance, fitness or Pilates studio, recreational facility or health club. Learn theory and technique, using Pilates apparatus in courses taught by Pilates-certified specialists, and how to determine appropriate conditioning programs for people of all ages and physical conditions. 

World Dance Instructor

Complete the World Dance Instructor Certificate of Achievement and the Associate of Arts graduation requirements to earn an associate degree. Prepare to work as an instructor in a private studio, recreation and other community dance program, or serve as a consultant, lecturer or performer specializing in ethnic dance forms. View program detail in course catalog.

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Did you know?

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, people who have a certificate as
their highest level of education earned, on average, 20 percent more than
those whose highest education level is a high school diploma.

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