Associate in Fine Arts - Dance degree

For the student interested in a career in dance, dance degree programs focus on the development of performers, choreographers, and educators, and encourage the emergence of new, diverse, and creative dance techniques and styles. Although a college degree in dance is not necessary to perform, it is necessary for those who want to teach dance in college, high school, or elementary schools. A dance degree also provides a foundation for those who want to develop a business or career in the arts. Many dance majors explore careers in fitness and the health sciences.

Students from the Cottey Dance Department have gone on to prestigious dance programs at transfer institutions such as Cornish School of the Arts in Seattle, Colombia College in Chicago, Mills College in Oakland, CA, Arizona State University in Phoenix, AZ, and the University of Maryland. Cottey Dance Alums are teaching and performing in many cities across the United States.

A Graduate of the Cottey College AFA in Dance Program:

  • demonstrates above-average dance technique and performance quality in a variety of dance styles.
  • demonstrates good working relationships with colleagues to ensure successful, positive experiences in rehearsals and performance.
  • creates dance works with focused concepts and aesthetic quality.
  • integrates ideas across areas of study and experience into her development as an artist.

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Sample Schedule for AFA in Dance


Year 1 Fall Spring
Modern 1 Improvisation 1
Jazz 1 Ballet 1
Dance Company 1 Tap 1
Stagecraft 3 Dance Company 1
College Writing 1 3 Dance Appreciation 3
College Algebra 3 College Writing 2 3
Social Science 3 Women’s Studies 3
Humanities 3
Total: 15 Total: 16
Year 2 Fall Spring
Jazz 1 Ballet 1
Modern 1 Jazz 1
Dance Company 1 Musical Theater 1
Choreography 3 Dance Company 1
Anatomy 4 Dance Project 1
Electives 6 Costuming 3
Lifetime Fitness 3
Electives 4
Total: 16 Total: 15