Academic Catalog

Dance, an Option to the Associate in Arts in Performing Arts

Program Description

Students interested in dance can complete the first two years of courses and gain performance experience which will prepare them to transfer to a baccalaureate program and pursue a career in dance.  The focus of the program is on artistic development and technical training.  The curriculum is designed to promote students’ development of their academic and artistic potential.  Students will gain experience in dance production and onstage performance through participation in Ocean County College dance concerts. 

Transfer Information

Students pursuing the Performing Arts degree can transfer into majors such as music, dance, acting, and music/theater production & design. Admission for these majors is often competitive and usually requires an audition and testing of fundamental knowledge of theory. Students are encouraged to work closely with OCC faculty and Advising Transfer Services. Students planning to transfer to a four-year institution in NJ can explore the “Transfer Programs” feature on NJ Transfer

Career Information

The Associate of Arts and the Associate of Science Degrees are designed to provide students with the coursework needed to transfer to a four-year institution and pursue a bachelor’s degree. The curriculum provides students the knowledge and skills needed to pursue various career pathways, while providing a credential beyond the high school degree. Students are strongly encouraged to consult with OCC faculty and Career Services as they begin to explore career options. Students can also utilize Career Coach, a resource provided by OCC, to explore degree programs and corresponding careers

Students are encouraged to keep track of degree requirements by using the “My Progress” screen on Student Planning. Student Planning can be accessed via logging into Ocean Connect.

Program Requirements

Plan of Study Grid
First SemesterCredit Hours
ENGL 151 English I 3
DANC 130 Ballet I 2
DANC 145 Dance Appreciation 3
Social Science Gen. Ed. Requirement 3
Any STSC - Student Success Seminar course 1 2
 Credit Hours13
Second Semester
ENGL 152 English II 3
Mathematics Gen. Ed. Requirement 2 3
DANC 120 Modern Dance I 2
DANC 150 Jazz Dance 2
COMM 154 Fundamentals of Public Speaking 3
History Gen. Ed. Requirement 3
 Credit Hours16
Third Semester
DANC 131 Ballet II 2
History Gen. Ed. Requirement 3
Humanities Gen. Ed. Requirement 3
Lab Science Gen. Ed. Requirement 2 4
Social Science Gen. Ed. Requirement 3
 Credit Hours15
Fourth Semester
DANC 121 Modern Dance II 2
Select from the following: 2
Dance Repertory I
Dance Repertory II
Dance Repertory III
Dance Repertory IV
Mathematics or Lab Science Gen. Ed. Requirement 2 3-4
Diversity Gen. Ed. Requirement 3
Humanities Gen. Ed. Requirement 3
Technology Gen. Ed. Requirement 2 3
Elective to meet 60 credits 0-1
 Credit Hours16-18
 Total Credit Hours60-62

A variety of STSC -Student Success Seminar courses are available. Please speak to your academic advisor for assistance when selecting.


Students must select one math course, one lab science course, and one technology course and complete the 12 credit requirement with any additional math or science course from the list of Approved General Education Courses. Students may attempt to "test out" of the technology requirement. If they succeed, they must take an additional course in math or science from the List of Approved General Education Courses.