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Dance (AA)

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Use Dance to Express Yourself!

Teach young children the basics of ballet. Perform in a community theater production. Build an engaging exercise routine that is easily adjusted to a senior citizen’s skill level. Careers in dance create an opportunity to connect people through movement, and to improve their quality of life through exercise and self-expression! 

Whether you have been dancing for years or are just getting into it, there are opportunities for you in the field of dance. You may find you are best suited with a career in fitness or wellness, such as becoming a yoga or Pilates instructor; or you may prefer to teach dance, or own your own barre studio. Still, you could pursue opportunities in production behind the scenes, such as stage management, or develop performance art. The possibilities are endless!

Careers in Dance

Those with a passion for dance can find careers as a dance teacher, fitness instructor, or choreographer. You could even have your own business managing your own dance studio! You will find there are many avenues to share your love for dance with others. 

Here are some careers and their salaries you could have with a Dance degree:

Career information below is taken from bls.gov in November 2019. Go to bls.gov for most current career information.

Create new dance routines. Rehearse performance of routines. May direct and stage presentations.

National data

Typical Education Level: Salary: Hourly Median Wage:
Unspecified $52,970/year $25.47/hour
Work Experience in a Related Occupation: Job Outlook 2018-2028: Number of Jobs 2018:
Some experience needed 9% increase
(faster than average)
21,200

Perform dances. May perform on stage, for on-air broadcasting, or for video recording.

Data for Los Angeles/Long Beach/Anaheim

Typical Education Level: Salary: Hourly Median Wage:
Unspecified N/A $26.27/hour
Work Experience in a Related Occupation: Job Outlook 2018-2028: Number of Jobs 2018:
Some experience needed 5% increase
(as fast as average)
250

Plan, direct, and coordinate recreation-based treatment programs for people with disabilities, injuries, or illnesses.

National data

Typical Education Level: Salary: Hourly Median Wage:
Bachelor’s Degree $47,860/year $23.01/hour
Work Experience in a Related Occupation: Job Outlook 2018-2028: Number of Jobs 2018:
None needed 7% increase
(faster than average)
19,800

Instruct or coach groups or individuals in exercise activities. Demonstrate techniques and form, observe participants, and explain to them corrective measures necessary to improve their skills.

Data for Los Angeles/Long Beach/Anaheim

Typical Education Level: Salary: Hourly Median Wage:
High school diploma or equivalent $46,290/year $22.36/hour
Work Experience in a Related Occupation: Job Outlook 2018-2028: Number of Jobs 2018:
None needed 7% increase
(as fast as average)
7,230

Instruct students in a wide variety of academic and technical subjects beyond the high school level.

National data

Typical Education Level: Salary: Hourly Median Wage:
Bachelor’s Degree $78,720/year N/A
Work Experience in a Related Occupation: Job Outlook 2018-2028: Number of Jobs 2018:
None needed 3% increase
(slower than average)
95,110

Create clothing, accessories, and footwear for dance performances working in wholesale or manufacturing establishments, apparel companies, retailers, theater or dance companies, and design firms. Most fashion designers work in New York and California.

National data

Typical Education Level: Salary: Hourly Median Wage:
Bachelor’s Degree $95,500/year $46.11/hour
Work Experience in a Related Occupation: Job Outlook 2018-2028: Number of Jobs 2018:
None needed 21% increase
(much faster than average)
5,350

What You’ll Learn at LASC in Dance

You can get an Associate in Arts (AA) degree through LASC’s Dance program where you will explore intricacies of dance:

  • Discover the benefits of dancing for the human body, and understand ways to use dance at any stage of life for exercise.
  • Develop an appreciation and understanding of all forms of dance, including contemporary, ballet, and jazz, and gain confidence and experience in each of these dance forms.
  • LASC provides internships so you can build your career connections and create community ties for after you graduate.
  • Want to transfer? Visit your counselor to learn how you can transfer with this degree and continue in your career through the university level.

 

Degrees & Courses You Will Take 

Review LASC’s Associate in Arts in Dance degree and our suggested course of study for this program. Classes are located in the School of Science and Lakin Fitness Wellness Center. Go to LASC’s current Course Catalog for specific course information.

Total Units Required: 60

 

Required Courses: Units
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Get Ready Before You Start

Before your first class starts at LASC, you can begin preparing for your dance career:

  • Make an appointment with your LASC academic counselor to review LASC’s program, start to develop a Student Education Plan (SEP), and discuss your career goals to find out if getting a bachelor’s degree best fits for your future plans.
  • Still in high school? Search for opportunities to volunteer with a local dance studio teaching younger students to dance. Find out if your high school offers dance classes, and develop an appreciation for dance by attending local recitals to learn about various forms of dance.
  • Once you’re at LASC, make sure to get involved with off- and on-campus clubs and organizations. Become a student ambassador or running for student body government to create new relationships and build teamwork, communication, and leadership skills.