World dancers in red dressThe World Dance Instructor certificate program trains students for positions in the commercial and artistic areas of dance. Graduates of the program would be qualified as instructors in private studios, recreation or other community dance programs, and act as consultants, lecturers, or performers with an emphasis on ethnic dance forms, primarily Middle-Eastern, Flamenco, Classical Indian, Latin Dance Styles, Mexican Folklorico, Polynesian or African (Nigeria/Ghana).

Students are able to apply principles of movement and creativity to all forms of dance, demonstrate skills of dance instruction through movement and verbal cueing, and apply information learned in other disciplines to the art form of dance.

Instruction will utilize both classroom work, using a variety of instructional methods (lecture, lab/demonstration, independent and group projects) and internship experiences in business/industry to prepare the student for job requirements.

Program Outcomes

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Students will be able to:

  1. Successfully teach and perform in one or more of the following styles, including but not limited to, African, Classical Indian, Flamenco, Mexican Folklorico, Latin Dance Styles, Middle Eastern or Polynesian.
  2. Communicate proper dance technique through movement demonstration and verbal cueing using appropriate dance terminology, music, and safety measures.


Career Oportunities in Dance

Instructor in dance studios, recreationla facilities and other academic institutions. Documented in program

Checklist of Required Courses (2023-24)

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Required Courses

  • Music for Dancers
  • Dance as a Profession Seminar
  • Dance Methodology
  • World Dance Internship I
  • World Dance Internship II
  • Cultural Antropology or World Religion or World Dance and Culture

Required Courses, choose one pair:

  • Rehearsal and Performance I and Repertoire I
  • Rehearsal and Performance I and Performing Dance Ensemble I

Select six (6) units from the following:

  • Mid-Eastern Dance 1
  • Mid-Eastern Dance 2
  • Mid-Eastern Dance 3
  • Mid-Eastern Dance 4
  • Latin Dance Styles I
  • Latin Dance Styles II
  • Latin Dance Styles III
  • Flamenco Dance 1
  • Flamenco Dance 2
  • Flamenco Dance 3
  • Flamenco Dance 4
  • Modern Dance I
  • Modern Dance 2
  • African Dance and Drumming I
  • African Dance and Drumming II
  • African Dance and Drumming III
  • Polynesian Dance
  • Polynesian Dance 2

Select four (4) units from the following:

  • Ballet Dance Basics
  • Ballet 1
  • Ballet 2
  • Modern Dance Basics
  • Modern Dance 1
  • Modern 2

Select one (1) unit from the following:

  • Yoga for Dancers or Yoga for Dancers 2
  • Pilates Mat Work
  • Strength and Stretch
  • Conditioning for Dance

View the Dance Course Catalog