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Department Chair: Andrew Vaca

Department Office: Dance Center

Telephone / FAX: (562) 985-4747 / (562) 985-7896

Faculty: Rebecca Bryant, Karen Clippinger, Colleen Dunagan, Keith Johnson, Rebecca Lemme, Lorin Johnson, Dori Levy, Sophie Monat, Andrew Vaca

Administrative Coordinators: Jeniffer Fuentes-Mishica, Sylvia Rodriguez-Scholz

Career Possibilities

Dancer • Choreographer • Teacher • Dance Company Director • Dance/Movement Therapist • Booking Agent • Critic • Performing Arts Administrator • Dance Kinesiologist • Pilates Instructor • Dance/Aerobic Instructor (Some of these, and other careers, require additional education or experience. For more information, see


The Department of Dance is a rigorous program that provides training in dance with a strong foundation in modern and ballet technique and choreography. Physical practice interfaces with theoretical study, placing dance in a historical, pedagogical, scientific, and cultural context. The Department also provides opportunities for the general university student through courses for the non-major. Performances, master classes and residencies also contribute to the artistic enhancement of the campus and community.

All new undergraduate students enter the major under the BA degree. A separate audition for entrance into the BFA degree is required when students have completed specific coursework and have achieved required levels of competency. Entrance to the major or minor in dance is by audition. Applicants may download audition information from the web or may contact the Department of Dance Office. Non-major classes are open to all students and do not require any audition.

The Department of Dance is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Dance. Due to accreditation standards, new transfer students are expected to have trained in both ballet and modern dance technique each semester of their community college preparatory years in order to achieve the technical proficiency required for graduation.

Programs at a Glance

  • Bachelor of Arts
    • Dance
      • Option in Dance Science
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts
    • Dance
    Master of Arts
    • Dance
    Master of Fine Arts
    • Dance

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