Program Level: Degrees, Pre-Majors/Transfer
Department: Fine & Performing Arts/Speech Communication
Institute: Creative & Communication Arts
College: PAC

What is the dance program?

The Dance program at Palo Alto College offers small class sizes, multiple performance opportunities, and low or no-cost tuition for Alamo Promise students.

Our facilities include a dance studio, a black box performance space, and a state-of-the-art 400-seat proscenium theatre. Our faculty actively choreograph nationally and locally.

Students have the opportunity to perform in a fall and spring dance recital in addition to our Spring Music.

Our program will prepare you to transfer to a 4-year institution with all the basics needed to prepare you for a degree in Dance.


Dance Program Highlights

Dance courses cover basic and foundational elements needed to pursue a degree or professional career in dance. Students can earn an Associate of Arts Degree with an emphasis in dance. The skills learned will carry students into any four-year dance program, for instance, Texas State University, Texas A&M University College Station, University of Texas at Austin, and University of Texas of the Rio Grande Valley.

Dance Career Highlights and Employment Positions

Graduates from the Dance program may find employment with dance companies, university dance departments, professional performing arts organizations, dance studios, public schools, talent agencies, and community centers. Dance majors may become bodywork practitioners, dance movement therapists, movement analysts, physical therapists, athletic trainers, dance historians, and many other occupations.

Dance courses offered:

DANC 1241 - Beginning Ballet
DANC 1245 - Beginning Modern Dance
DANC 1247 - Beginning Jazz Dance
DANC 2241 - Intermediate Ballet
DANC 2245 - Intermediate Modern Dance
DANC 2247 - Intermediate Jazz Dance
DANC 2289 - Academic Cooperative in Dance (Ballet Folklórico)
DANC 2303 - Dance Appreciation
DANC 1305 - World Dance



Dr. Rosalinda Ortiz
Chair of Fine, Performing and Communication Arts

Performing Arts Center (PERF 117)



Nicolás E. Castañon
Assistant Professor/Lead Faculty

Performing Arts Center (PERF 122)



Bo Pang, Adjunct Faculty
Instructor of Dance

Performing Arts Center (PERF 123)