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The Dance Program at Skyline College elevates students' dance ability, technique, performance and expression. We offer a variety of courses to help students to enter the dance profession, achieve their Associate Degree in Dance and/or transfer to a dance program at a four-year university. 

Students performing in Dance Concerts each semester can dance in front of live audiences, choreograph and perform their own and faculty productions in many styles, and participate in producing live shows. The Dance program also collaborates with the Music, Drama, Cosmetology and Visual Arts departments on our Musical Theater productions.

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Students pursuing the Associate Degree in dance receive one-on-one academic counseling from the department lead, Amber Steele. Feel free to contact us for more information!

Overview

The Skyline College academic program focuses on an emphasis in technique that is split between elective courses and the most commonly required dance techniques in universities and entertainment businesses.

Students take six units of a mix of Contemporary Modern Dance, Jazz Dance, and Ballet. They also take six units of elective technique courses, which may include Hip Hop, Tap, Social Dances, Tango, Acting Courses and more. Students fulfill their Art GE by taking a lecture course, DANC 100 Dance Appreciation, a Pilates course on physical alignment, and two units of Production, which involve participating in the Dance Concert and/or Musical.

Our program was revised in 2018 to remove any courses that alumni had reported as being obstacles for their transfer, and so we are proud to have a dance major which is possible to finish the courses required for the major under a year and half, leaving the student some flexibility to schedule their other GE requirements.

Career Outlook

An Associates Degree in Dance can help students to be competitive in the job market for teaching positions in dance studios, working with adults and/or children; working in administration, performance or teaching positions in arts organizations; writing and academic research at universities and for social media; students who are seeking transfer to a four-year university dance program; as well as dancers pursuing professional performance careers.

Looking for a list of classes offered this semester? Check out the current class schedule.

All Courses

DANC 100 Dance Appreciation (3 units)

An overview of dance history, beginning with classical era folk and ethnic dance, this course will survey the development of Modern, Ballet, Jazz and other dance forms. Focusing largely on the 20th Century, students will read, write and watch videos to form an overview of the history of dance and the historical events that influenced the major choreographers of the 20th Century. NOTE: This course is not activity-based and is not applicable to the specific area requirement in Physical Education for the Associate Degree.

DANC 102 Hip Hop Dance Roots - A Survey of Black Dance in America (3 units)

Focuses on the cultural, economic and historical impact that Black dances such as Hip Hop, Jazz and Breakdance have in the lives of women and marginalized groups. From pre-Colonial times to today, the course will survey the evolution of Black vernacular dance in social settings and performances onstage, in musical theater and in film. NOTE: This course is not activity-based and is not applicable to the specific area requirement in Physical Education for the Associate Degree.

DANC 103 Global Dance Traditions: Culture and Transformation (3 units)

An overview of ritual, social, and classical dance traditions practiced around the world, this course will survey the spiritual, cultural, political, and social forces that shape and are shaped by these dance forms and the people who practice them. Students will read about, discuss, write and reflect on, and watch videos of major dance forms from Indigenous North America, West and East Africa, the Caribbean, South and Central Asia, Polynesia/Oceania, the Middle East and North Africa, and Central and South America.

DANC 117.1 Tap Dance I (0.5- 1 units)

Beginning Tap Dance technique. Tap vocabulary, rhythmic patterns and style while developing dexterity, musicality and basic performance skills. Opportunities will be available to perform, in order to better appreciate tap dance. Choreography and improvisational group projects/presentations develop over the course of the semester.

DANC 117.2 Tap Dance II (0.5- 1 units)

Intermediate Tap Dance technique. Tap vocabulary, rhythmic patterns and style while developing dexterity, musicality and basic performance skills. Opportunities will be available to perform, in order to better appreciate tap dance. Choreography and improvisational group projects/presentations develop over the course of the semester.

DANC 121.1 Contemporary Modern Dance I (0.5or 1 units)

Beginning level instruction in the Contemporary Modern Dance style, including warm-up and floor movement with an emphasis on proper techniques, creativity, style and self expression. Students will learn short dance phrases and will be expected to analyze, choreograph and/or perform a modern dance by the end of the semester. For students who are taking the course to meet a requirement for the ADT in Kinesiology, be advised that the Movement Based Courses requirement requires the course be 1.0 unit.

DANC 121.2 Contemporary Modern Dance II (0.5or 1 units)

Intermediate level instruction in the Contemporary Modern Dance style, including warm-up and floor movement with an emphasis on proper techniques, creativity, style and self expression. Students will learn short dance phrases and will be expected to analyze, choreograph and/or perform a modern dance by the end of the semester. For students who are taking the course to meet a requirement for the ADT in Kinesiology, be advised that the Movement Based Courses requirement requires the course be 1.0 unit.

DANC 121.3 Contemporary Modern Dance III (0.5or 1 units)

Advanced intermediate level instruction in the Modern Dance style, including warm-up and floor movement with an emphasis on proper techniques, creativity, style and self expression. Students will learn short dance phrases and will be expected to analyze, choreograph and/or perform a modern dance by the end of the semester. For students who are taking the course to meet a requirement for the ADT in Kinesiology, be advised that the Movement Based Courses requirement requires the course be 1.0 unit.

DANC 121.4 Contemporary Modern Dance IV (0.5or 1 units)

Advanced level instruction in the Contemporary Modern Dance style, including warm-up and floor movement with an emphasis on proper techniques, creativity, style and self expression. Students will learn short dance phrases and will be expected to analyze, choreograph and/or perform a modern dance by the end of the semester. For students who are taking the course to meet a requirement for the ADT in Kinesiology, be advised that the Movement Based Courses requirement requires the course be 1.0 unit.

DANC 130.1 Jazz Dance I: Lyrical, Pop & Broadway (0.5or 1 units)

Jazz Dance covers American jazz-inspired movement techniques developed for musical theater, film and television. Developed by fusing African American social dance forms with Ballet, Modern and Tap dances, Jazz Dance emphasizes body-lines, flexible torso, exaggerated movements of individual body parts, isolations and precise footwork. Jazz dance is ever-changing because it reflects the cultural trends of the times. In multiple styles of Jazz dance, including lyrical and blues, musical theater, and hip hop/street/funk styles, students will work towards mastery at the beginning level. For students who are taking the course to meet a requirement for the ADT in Kinesiology, be advised that the Movement Based Courses requirement requires the course be 1.0 unit.

DANC 130.2 Jazz Dance II – Lyrical, Pop and Broadway (0.5or 1 units)

Jazz Dance covers American jazz-inspired movement techniques developed for musical theater, film and television. Developed by fusing African American social dance forms with Ballet, Modern and Tap dances, Jazz Dance emphasizes body-lines, flexible torso, exaggerated movements of individual body parts, isolations and precise footwork. Jazz dance is ever-changing because it reflects the cultural trends of the times. In multiple styles of Jazz dance, including lyrical and blues, musical theater, and hip hop/street/funk styles, students will work towards mastery at the intermediate level. For students who are taking the course to meet a requirement for the ADT in Kinesiology, be advised that the Movement Based Courses requirement requires the course be 1.0 unit.

DANC 130.3 Jazz Dance III – Lyrical, Pop and Broadway (0.5or 1 units)

Jazz Dance covers American jazz-inspired movement techniques developed for musical theater, film and television. Developed by fusing African American social dance forms with Ballet, Modern and Tap dances, Jazz Dance emphasizes body-lines, flexible torso, exaggerated movements of individual body parts, isolations and precise footwork. Jazz dance is ever-changing because it reflects the cultural trends of the times. In multiple styles of Jazz dance, including lyrical and blues, musical theater, and hip hop/street/funk styles, students will work towards mastery at the advanced intermediate level. For students who are taking the course to meet a requirement for the ADT in Kinesiology, be advised that the Movement Based Courses requirement requires the course be 1.0 unit.

DANC 130.4 Jazz Dance IV – Lyrical, Pop and Broadway (0.5or 1 units)

Jazz Dance covers American jazz-inspired movement techniques developed for musical theater, film and television. Developed by fusing African American social dance forms with Ballet, Modern and Tap dances, Jazz Dance emphasizes body-lines, flexible torso, exaggerated movements of individual body parts, isolations and precise footwork. Jazz dance is ever-changing because it reflects the cultural trends of the times. In multiple styles of Jazz dance, including lyrical and blues, musical theater, and hip hop/street/funk styles, students will work towards mastery at the advanced level. For students who are taking the course to meet a requirement for the ADT in Kinesiology, be advised that the Movement Based Courses requirement requires the course be 1.0 unit.

DANC 140.1 Ballet I (0.5or 1 units)

Beginning barre, floor technique and movement fundamentals with emphasis on body control, form and special patterns. Students will learn a variety of dance phrases. For students who are taking the course to meet a requirement for the ADT in Kinesiology, be advised that the Movement Based Courses requirement requires the course be 1.0 unit.

DANC 140.2 Ballet II (0.5or 1 units)

Intermediate barre, floor technique and movement fundamentals with emphasis on body control, form and special patterns. Students will learn a variety of dance phrases. For students who are taking the course to meet a requirement for the ADT in Kinesiology, be advised that the Movement Based Courses requirement requires the course be 1.0 unit.

DANC 140.3 Ballet III (0.5or 1 units)

Advanced intermediate barre, floor technique and movement fundamentals with emphasis on body control, form and special patterns. Students will learn a variety of dance phrases. For students who are taking the course to meet a requirement for the ADT in Kinesiology, be advised that the Movement Based Courses requirement requires the course be 1.0 unit.

DANC 140.4 Ballet IV (0.5or 1 units)

Advanced barre, floor technique and movement fundamentals with emphasis on body control, form and special patterns. Students will learn a variety of dance phrases. For students who are taking the course to meet a requirement for the ADT in Kinesiology, be advised that the Movement Based Courses requirement requires the course be 1.0 unit.

DANC 150.1 Hip Hop I (0.5or 1 units)

Beginning practical experience in current hip-hop techniques, body isolations, directional changes, level changes and hip-hop variations of Jazz and African dance forms. Students learn the characteristic terminology, coordination, step-counting and performance skills. Students perform hip-hop technical drills and choreography.

DANC 150.2 Hip Hop II (0.5or 1 units)

Intermediate level Hip-hop Dance choreography, alignment, floor patterns with group interactions and projects. A variety of hip-hop dance phrases, intermediate hip-hop terminology and correct body alignment as it applies to hip-hop dance.

DANC 151.1 Social Dance I (0.5- 1 units)

Beginning Social Dance class emphasizing the basics of several dance styles, including footwork, posture, and the arts of leading, following, and co-creating a dance. Each semester dances are selected from the following list: East Coast Swing, Slow Waltz, Cha cha, Night Club Two- Step, Tango, Foxtrot, Rumba, Merengue and Salsa. Partners are not required; no prior experience needed.

DANC 151.2 Social Dance II (0.5- 1 units)

Intermediate Social Dance class emphasizing the basics of several dance styles, including footwork, posture, and the arts of leading, following, and co-creating a dance. Each semester dances are selected from the following list: East Coast Swing, Slow Waltz, Cha cha, Night Club Two- Step, Tango, Foxtrot, Rumba, Merengue and Salsa. Partners are not required; no prior experience needed.

DANC 151.3 Social Dance III (0.5- 1 units)

Advanced Intermediate Social Dance class emphasizing the basics of several dance styles, including footwork, posture, and the arts of leading, following, and co-creating a dance. Each semester dances are selected from the following list: East Coast Swing, Slow Waltz, Cha cha, Night Club Two- Step, Tango, Foxtrot, Rumba, Merengue and Salsa. Partners are not required; no prior experience needed.

DANC 151.4 Social Dance IV (0.5- 1 units)

Advanced Social Dance class emphasizing the basics of several dance styles, including footwork, posture, and the arts of leading, following, and co-creating a dance. Each semester dances are selected from the following list: East Coast Swing, Slow Waltz, Cha cha, Night Club Two- Step, Tango, Foxtrot, Rumba, Merengue and Salsa. Partners are not required; no prior experience needed.

DANC 152.1 Cuban Salsa I (0.5- 1 units)

Beginning level Cuban Salsa, focused on the fundamentals of Cuban popular dances, including Salsa, Cha Cha Cha, Bolero and Salsa Rueda. Liberate your salsa dance moves in the Cuban style by integrating the traditional Afro-Cuban elements.

DANC 152.2 Cuban Salsa II (0.5- 1 units)

Intermediate level Cuban Salsa, focused on the fundamentals of Cuban popular dances, including Salsa, Cha Cha Cha, Bolero and Salsa Rueda. Liberate your salsa dance moves in the Cuban style by integrating the traditional Afro-Cuban elements.

DANC 152.3 Cuban Salsa III (0.5- 1 units)

Advanced intermediate level Cuban Salsa, focused on the fundamentals of Cuban popular dances, including Salsa, Cha Cha Cha, Bolero and Salsa Rueda. Liberate your salsa dance moves in the Cuban style by integrating the traditional Afro-Cuban elements.

DANC 152.4 Cuban Salsa IV (0.5- 1 units)

Advanced level Cuban Salsa, focused on the fundamentals of Cuban popular dances, including Salsa, Cha Cha Cha, Bolero and Salsa Rueda. Liberate your salsa dance moves in the Cuban style by integrating the traditional Afro-Cuban elements.

DANC 157.1 Afro Cuban Dance I (0.5or 1 units)

Introduction to beginning level Afro Cuban dances. Afro Cuban Folkloric and Rumba dances; variations of the conga and dances of the Orishas; integrating Afro Cuban elements into modern social dancing. Afro Cuban dance history/culture, dance techniques, music, and songs. Learning cultural dance through embodiment. Using the body as a medium for cultural understanding and for community building. Students can expect to gain a beginning level foundation of steps, so they are ready to join the modern Afro Cuban dance community anywhere in the world.

DANC 157.2 Afro Cuban Dance II (0.5or 1 units)

Intermediate level Afro Cuban dances. Afro Cuban Folkloric and Rumba dances; variations of the conga and dances of the Orishas; integrating Afro Cuban elements into modern social dancing. Afro Cuban dance history/culture, dance techniques, music, and songs. Learning cultural dance through embodiment. Using the body as a medium for cultural understanding and for community building. Students can expect to gain an intermediate level foundation of steps, so they are ready to join the modern Afro Cuban dance community anywhere in the world.

DANC 157.3 Afro Cuban Dance III (0.5or 1 units)

Advanced Intermediate level Afro Cuban dances. Afro Cuban Folkloric and Rumba dances; variations of the conga and dances of the Orishas; integrating Afro Cuban elements into modern social dancing. Afro Cuban dance history/culture, dance techniques, music, and songs. Learning cultural dance through embodiment. Using the body as a medium for cultural understanding and for community building. Students can expect to gain an advanced intermediate level foundation of steps, so they are ready to join the modern Afro Cuban dance community anywhere in the world.

DANC 157.4 Afro Cuban Dance IV (0.5or 1 units)

Advanced level Afro Cuban dances. Afro Cuban Folkloric and Rumba dances; variations of the conga and dances of the Orishas; integrating Afro Cuban elements into modern social dancing. Afro Cuban dance history/culture, dance techniques, music, and songs. Learning cultural dance through embodiment. Using the body as a medium for cultural understanding and for community building. Students can expect to gain an advanced level foundation of steps, so they are ready to join the modern Afro Cuban dance community anywhere in the world.

DANC 161 Tango Argentino (0.5- 1 units)

Dance the Argentine Tango (the dance of love) and learn basic improvisational skills. Viewing tango as a language, students will develop musicality and focus on the connection between partners in order to dance confidently in social settings around the world.

DANC 162 Tango Milonga (0.5- 1 units)

Dance the Tango Milonga, an Argentine dance which is the precursor to the tango. Viewing tango and Milonga as a language, students will develop musicality and focus on the connection between partners in order to dance confidently in social settings.

DANC 163 Tango Buenos Aires (0.5- 1 units)

Experience many of the most fun Tango Buenos Aires steps from the past and today. Students will begin to develop more confidence, demystifying and internalizing the tango’s structural elements and intricacies.

DANC 164 Tango De La Confiteria (0.5- 1 units)

Designed to strip Tango de la Confiteria down to its joyful essence, with many of the most fun steps of Buenos Aires from the past and today. The focus is on connecting with one’s partner, dancing rhythmically, and feeling harmonious and happy in one’s body, with one’s partner and with the music.

DANC 330.1 Creative Dance I (0.5- 1 units)

Beginning level instruction on the principles of dance composition through individual experiences, studies in use of varied stimuli, processes of dance construction and simple compositional forms.

DANC 330.2 Creative Dance II (0.5- 1 units)

Intermediate level instruction on the principles of dance composition through individual experiences, studies in use of varied stimuli, processes of dance construction and simple compositional forms.

DANC 330.3 Creative Dance III (0.5- 1 units)

Advanced intermediate level instruction on the principles of dance composition through individual experiences, studies in use of varied stimuli, processes of dance construction and simple compositional forms.

DANC 330.4 Creative Dance IV (0.5- 1 units)

Advanced level instruction on the principles of dance composition through individual experiences, studies in use of varied stimuli, processes of dance construction and simple compositional forms.

DANC 350.1 Cardio Dance I (0.5or 1 units)

Steps, stretches and toning movements from many dance sources; Latin, hip hop, folk, jazz, ballet, modern, rock, etc., that are choreographed to various rhythms designed to develop cardiovascular efficiency at a beginning level. For students who are taking the course to meet a requirement for the ADT in Kinesiology, be advised that the Movement Based Courses requirement requires the course be 1.0 unit.

DANC 350.2 Cardio Dance II (0.5or 1 units)

Steps, stretches and toning movements from many dance sources; Latin, hip hop, folk, jazz, ballet, modern, rock, etc., that are choreographed to various rhythms designed to develop cardiovascular efficiency at an intermediate level. For students who are taking the course to meet a requirement for the ADT in Kinesiology, be advised that the Movement Based Courses requirement requires the course be 1.0 unit.

DANC 350.3 Cardio Dance III (0.5or 1 units)

Steps, stretches and toning movements from many dance sources; Latin, hip hop, folk, jazz, ballet, modern, rock, etc., that are choreographed to various rhythms designed to develop cardiovascular efficiency at an advanced intermediate level. For students who are taking the course to meet a requirement for the ADT in Kinesiology, be advised that the Movement Based Courses requirement requires the course be 1.0 unit.

DANC 350.4 Cardio Dance IV (0.5or 1 units)

Steps, stretches and toning movements from many dance sources; Latin, hip hop, folk, jazz, ballet, modern, rock, etc., that are choreographed to various rhythms designed to develop cardiovascular efficiency at an advanced level. For students who are taking the course to meet a requirement for the ADT in Kinesiology, be advised that the Movement Based Courses requirement requires the course be 1.0 unit.

DANC 391 Dance Composition - Theory and Choreography (3 units)

Choreographic principles and techniques are learned through discussion and practical experience in various dance styles. Study of dance choreography to include construction of phrases; structure and form in a composition; and the basic elements of time, space and energy as used to create dance as a performing art. NOTE: This course is not activity-based and is not applicable to the specific area requirement in Physical Education for the Associate Degree.

DANC 395.1 Dance Workshop I (0.5or 1 units)

Designed to provide a structured workshop for students to collaborate and develop choreographic works at the beginning level. Students will dance in other students' work, and may also choreograph their own pieces. Students will perform these works for peer analysis and performance.

DANC 395.2 Dance Workshop II (0.5or 1 units)

Designed to provide a structured workshop for students to collaborate and develop choreographic works at the intermediate level. Students will dance in other students' work, and may also choreograph their own pieces. Students will perform these works for peer analysis and performance.

DANC 395.3 Dance Workshop III (0.5or 1 units)

Designed to provide a structured workshop for students to collaborate and develop choreographic works at the advanced intermediate level. Students will dance in other students' work, and may also choreograph their own pieces. Students will perform these works for peer analysis and performance.

DANC 395.4 Dance Workshop IV (0.5or 1 units)

Designed to provide a structured workshop for students to collaborate and develop choreographic works at the advanced level. Students will dance in other students' work, and may also choreograph their own pieces. Students will perform these works for peer analysis and performance.

DANC 400.1 Dance Performance and Production I (0.5- 2 units)

Beginning level dance performance, composition, and program production. Students will work with various choreography principles, stage production tasks and dance in a variety of styles. Rehearsal times will be arranged with the instructor. NOTE: Students wishing to fulfill the requirement for the Dance Major should enroll in 2 units.

DANC 400.2 Dance Performance and Production II (0.5- 2 units)

Intermediate level dance performance, composition, and program production. Students will work with various choreography principles, stage production tasks and dance in a variety of styles. Rehearsal times will be arranged with the instructor. NOTE: Students wishing to fulfill the requirement for the Dance Major should enroll in 2 units.

DANC 400.3 Dance Performance and Production III (0.5- 2 units)

Advanced Intermediate level dance performance, composition, and program production. Students will work with various choreography principles, stage production tasks and dance in a variety of styles. Rehearsal times will be arranged with the instructor. NOTE: Students wishing to fulfill the requirement for the Dance Major should enroll in 2 units.

DANC 400.4 Dance Performance and Production IV (0.5- 2 units)

Advanced level dance performance, composition, and program production. Students will work with various choreography principles, stage production tasks and dance in a variety of styles. Rehearsal times will be arranged with the instructor. NOTE: Students wishing to fulfill the requirement for the Dance Major should enroll in 2 units.

DANC 410.1 Dance for the Musical Theater Production I (2 units)

Designed to prepare students to perform at the beginning level in a musical theater production. Students will learn the historical context of the play, costuming and perform choreography specific to the production.

DANC 410.2 Dance for the Musical Theater Production II (2 units)

Designed to prepare students to perform at the intermediate level in a musical theater production. Students will learn the historical context of the play, costuming and perform choreography specific to the production.

DANC 410.3 Dance for the Musical Theater Production III (2 units)

Designed to prepare students to perform at the advanced intermediate level in a musical theater production. Students will learn the historical context of the play, costuming and perform choreography specific to the production.

DANC 410.4 Dance for the Musical Theater Production IV (2 units)

Designed to prepare students to perform at the advanced level in a musical theater production. Students will learn the historical context of the play, costuming and perform choreography specific to the production.

DANC 665 Selected Topics: Dance in Cultural Context (0.5or 1 units)

This course is designed to introduce students to the fundamentals of different styles of dance from selected cultures. In-depth study of selected dance forms as Flamenco, Congolese, Salsa, African-Brazilian, Swing, and Capoeira will be offered and one hour by arrangement per week.

Program Type Total Units
Dance AA 60 Units

Upon completion of the program students will be able to:

  • Interpretation and Performance: Provide a more authentic and individualized interpretation of a given dance form through a demonstration of appropriate levels of technique that incorporate cultural elements of this dance form (e.g. costume, history, vocabulary, rhythm and music)
  • Creative Collaboration: Create and develop unique movement sequences, and collaboratively organize that material into a dance
  • Critical Evaluation: Critically evaluate and objectively discuss dance as a performance art
Office Information
Location: Building 4-111
Email: steelea@smccd.edu
Phone: (650) 738-4439
Hours: Current Schedule
Summer 2022 Courses  |  Fall 2022 Courses

Type Status Title Days Time Instructor
Online Class IN
PROGRESS
DANC 100 - 55202 - Dance Appreciation
DANC 100 Dance Appreciation

An overview of dance history, beginning with classical era folk and ethnic dance, this course will survey the development of Modern, Ballet, Jazz and other dance forms. Focusing largely on the 20th Century, students will read, write and watch videos to form an overview of the history of dance and the historical events that influenced the major choreographers of the 20th Century. NOTE: This course is not activity-based and is not applicable to the specific area requirement in Physical Education for the Associate Degree.

Units: 3
Degree Credit
Grade Option (Letter Grade or Pass/No Pass)
  • Lecture hours/semester: 48-54
  • Homework hours/semester: 96-108
Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
AA/AS Degree Requirements: Area 9C1
Transfer Credit: CSU (CSU GE Area C1), UC (IGETC Area 3A)
TBA Keyes, A
Online Class IN
PROGRESS
DANC 100 - 55202 - Dance Appreciation
DANC 100 Dance Appreciation

An overview of dance history, beginning with classical era folk and ethnic dance, this course will survey the development of Modern, Ballet, Jazz and other dance forms. Focusing largely on the 20th Century, students will read, write and watch videos to form an overview of the history of dance and the historical events that influenced the major choreographers of the 20th Century. NOTE: This course is not activity-based and is not applicable to the specific area requirement in Physical Education for the Associate Degree.

Units: 3
Degree Credit
Grade Option (Letter Grade or Pass/No Pass)
  • Lecture hours/semester: 48-54
  • Homework hours/semester: 96-108
Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
AA/AS Degree Requirements: Area 9C1
Transfer Credit: CSU (CSU GE Area C1), UC (IGETC Area 3A)
TBA Keyes, A
Evening Class   IN
PROGRESS
DANC 152.1 - 54832 - Cuban Salsa I
DANC 152.1 CUBAN ROOTS OF SALSA I (.5 or 1 or 1.5 or 2)
(Pass/No Pass or letter grade.)
Hours/semester: 24-27, 48-54, 72-81 or 96-108 lab.
A beginning level course designed to teach the fundamentals of Cuban popular dances, including Danzon, Son, Cha cha cha, Son Montuno, and Salsa Cubana. With African and European influences, these dances are the conscience of modern day Salsa. Transfer credit: UC; CSU (E2).

M 6:00pm-9:50pm Delmar, K
Evening Class   IN
PROGRESS
DANC 152.1 - 54832 - Cuban Salsa I
DANC 152.1 CUBAN ROOTS OF SALSA I (.5 or 1 or 1.5 or 2)
(Pass/No Pass or letter grade.)
Hours/semester: 24-27, 48-54, 72-81 or 96-108 lab.
A beginning level course designed to teach the fundamentals of Cuban popular dances, including Danzon, Son, Cha cha cha, Son Montuno, and Salsa Cubana. With African and European influences, these dances are the conscience of modern day Salsa. Transfer credit: UC; CSU (E2).

M 6:00pm-9:50pm Delmar, K
Evening Class   IN
PROGRESS
DANC 152.2 - 54833 - Cuban Salsa II
DANC 152.2 CUBAN ROOTS OF SALSA II (.5 or 1 or 1.5 or 2)
(Pass/No Pass or letter grade.)
Hours/semester: 24-27, 48-54, 72-81 or 96-108 lab.
An intermediate level course designed to teach the fundamentals of Cuban popular dances, including Danzon, Son, Cha cha cha, Son Montuno, and Salsa Cubana. With African and European influences, these dances are the conscience of modern day Salsa. Transfer credit: UC; CSU (E2).

M 6:00pm-9:50pm Delmar, K
Evening Class   IN
PROGRESS
DANC 152.2 - 54833 - Cuban Salsa II
DANC 152.2 CUBAN ROOTS OF SALSA II (.5 or 1 or 1.5 or 2)
(Pass/No Pass or letter grade.)
Hours/semester: 24-27, 48-54, 72-81 or 96-108 lab.
An intermediate level course designed to teach the fundamentals of Cuban popular dances, including Danzon, Son, Cha cha cha, Son Montuno, and Salsa Cubana. With African and European influences, these dances are the conscience of modern day Salsa. Transfer credit: UC; CSU (E2).

M 6:00pm-9:50pm Delmar, K
Evening Class   IN
PROGRESS
DANC 152.3 - 54834 - Cuban Salsa III
DANC 152.3 CUBAN ROOTS OF SALSA III (.5 or 1 or 1.5 or 2)
(Pass/No Pass or letter grade.)
Hours/semester: 24-27, 48-54, 72-81 or 96-108 lab.
An advanced intermediate level course designed to teach the fundamentals of Cuban popular dances, including Danzon, Son, Cha cha cha, Son Montuno, and Salsa Cubana. With African and European influences, these dances are the conscience of modern day Salsa. Transfer credit: UC; CSU (E2).

M 6:00pm-9:50pm Delmar, K
Evening Class   IN
PROGRESS
DANC 152.3 - 54834 - Cuban Salsa III
DANC 152.3 CUBAN ROOTS OF SALSA III (.5 or 1 or 1.5 or 2)
(Pass/No Pass or letter grade.)
Hours/semester: 24-27, 48-54, 72-81 or 96-108 lab.
An advanced intermediate level course designed to teach the fundamentals of Cuban popular dances, including Danzon, Son, Cha cha cha, Son Montuno, and Salsa Cubana. With African and European influences, these dances are the conscience of modern day Salsa. Transfer credit: UC; CSU (E2).

M 6:00pm-9:50pm Delmar, K
Evening Class   IN
PROGRESS
DANC 157.1 - 56133 - Afro Cuban Dance I
DANC 157.1 Afro Cuban Dance I

Introduction to beginning level Afro Cuban dances. Afro Cuban Folkloric and Rumba dances; variations of the conga and dances of the Orishas; integrating Afro Cuban elements into modern social dancing. Afro Cuban dance history/culture, dance techniques, music, and songs. Learning cultural dance through embodiment. Using the body as a medium for cultural understanding and for community building. Students can expect to gain a beginning level foundation of steps, so they are ready to join the modern Afro Cuban dance community anywhere in the world.

Units: 0.5 or 1
Degree Credit
Grade Option (Letter Grade or Pass/No Pass)
  • Lab hours/semester: 24-54
Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
AA/AS Degree Requirements: Area 7; Area 9E2
Transfer Credit: CSU (CSU GE Area E2)
W 6:00pm-9:50pm Delmar, K
Evening Class   IN
PROGRESS
DANC 157.1 - 56133 - Afro Cuban Dance I
DANC 157.1 Afro Cuban Dance I

Introduction to beginning level Afro Cuban dances. Afro Cuban Folkloric and Rumba dances; variations of the conga and dances of the Orishas; integrating Afro Cuban elements into modern social dancing. Afro Cuban dance history/culture, dance techniques, music, and songs. Learning cultural dance through embodiment. Using the body as a medium for cultural understanding and for community building. Students can expect to gain a beginning level foundation of steps, so they are ready to join the modern Afro Cuban dance community anywhere in the world.

Units: 0.5 or 1
Degree Credit
Grade Option (Letter Grade or Pass/No Pass)
  • Lab hours/semester: 24-54
Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
AA/AS Degree Requirements: Area 7; Area 9E2
Transfer Credit: CSU (CSU GE Area E2)
W 6:00pm-9:50pm Delmar, K
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DANC 157.2 - 56134 - Afro Cuban Dance II
DANC 157.2 Afro Cuban Dance II

Intermediate level Afro Cuban dances. Afro Cuban Folkloric and Rumba dances; variations of the conga and dances of the Orishas; integrating Afro Cuban elements into modern social dancing. Afro Cuban dance history/culture, dance techniques, music, and songs. Learning cultural dance through embodiment. Using the body as a medium for cultural understanding and for community building. Students can expect to gain an intermediate level foundation of steps, so they are ready to join the modern Afro Cuban dance community anywhere in the world.

Units: 0.5 or 1
Degree Credit
Grade Option (Letter Grade or Pass/No Pass)
  • Lab hours/semester: 24-54
Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
AA/AS Degree Requirements: Area 7; Area 9E2
Transfer Credit: CSU (CSU GE Area E2)
W 6:00pm-9:50pm Delmar, K
Evening Class   IN
PROGRESS
DANC 157.2 - 56134 - Afro Cuban Dance II
DANC 157.2 Afro Cuban Dance II

Intermediate level Afro Cuban dances. Afro Cuban Folkloric and Rumba dances; variations of the conga and dances of the Orishas; integrating Afro Cuban elements into modern social dancing. Afro Cuban dance history/culture, dance techniques, music, and songs. Learning cultural dance through embodiment. Using the body as a medium for cultural understanding and for community building. Students can expect to gain an intermediate level foundation of steps, so they are ready to join the modern Afro Cuban dance community anywhere in the world.

Units: 0.5 or 1
Degree Credit
Grade Option (Letter Grade or Pass/No Pass)
  • Lab hours/semester: 24-54
Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
AA/AS Degree Requirements: Area 7; Area 9E2
Transfer Credit: CSU (CSU GE Area E2)
W 6:00pm-9:50pm Delmar, K
Evening Class   IN
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DANC 157.3 - 56135 - Afro Cuban Dance III
DANC 157.3 Afro Cuban Dance III

Advanced Intermediate level Afro Cuban dances. Afro Cuban Folkloric and Rumba dances; variations of the conga and dances of the Orishas; integrating Afro Cuban elements into modern social dancing. Afro Cuban dance history/culture, dance techniques, music, and songs. Learning cultural dance through embodiment. Using the body as a medium for cultural understanding and for community building. Students can expect to gain an advanced intermediate level foundation of steps, so they are ready to join the modern Afro Cuban dance community anywhere in the world.

Units: 0.5 or 1
Degree Credit
Grade Option (Letter Grade or Pass/No Pass)
  • Lab hours/semester: 24-54
Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Transfer Credit: CSU
W 6:00pm-9:50pm Delmar, K
Evening Class   IN
PROGRESS
DANC 157.3 - 56135 - Afro Cuban Dance III
DANC 157.3 Afro Cuban Dance III

Advanced Intermediate level Afro Cuban dances. Afro Cuban Folkloric and Rumba dances; variations of the conga and dances of the Orishas; integrating Afro Cuban elements into modern social dancing. Afro Cuban dance history/culture, dance techniques, music, and songs. Learning cultural dance through embodiment. Using the body as a medium for cultural understanding and for community building. Students can expect to gain an advanced intermediate level foundation of steps, so they are ready to join the modern Afro Cuban dance community anywhere in the world.

Units: 0.5 or 1
Degree Credit
Grade Option (Letter Grade or Pass/No Pass)
  • Lab hours/semester: 24-54
Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Transfer Credit: CSU
W 6:00pm-9:50pm Delmar, K
Evening Class   IN
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DANC 161 - 54835 - Tango Argentino
DANC 161 TANGO ARGENTINO (.5 or 1)
(Pass/No Pass or letter grade.)
Hours/semester: 24-27 or 48-54 lab.
Designed to introduce students to the essence of Argentine tango (the dance of love) as well as basic improvisational skills. Viewing tango as a language, students will develop musicality and focus on the connection between partners in order to dance confidently in social settings around the world. Transfer credit: UC; CSU (E2).

Th 6:00pm-9:50pm Delmar, K
Evening Class   IN
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DANC 161 - 54835 - Tango Argentino
DANC 161 TANGO ARGENTINO (.5 or 1)
(Pass/No Pass or letter grade.)
Hours/semester: 24-27 or 48-54 lab.
Designed to introduce students to the essence of Argentine tango (the dance of love) as well as basic improvisational skills. Viewing tango as a language, students will develop musicality and focus on the connection between partners in order to dance confidently in social settings around the world. Transfer credit: UC; CSU (E2).

Th 6:00pm-9:50pm Delmar, K
Evening Class   IN
PROGRESS
DANC 162 - 53355 - Tango Milonga
DANC 162 TANGO MILONGA (.5 or 1)
(Pass/No Pass or letter grade.)
Hours/semester: 24-27 or 48-54 lab. Recommended: DANC 161 or equivalent.
Students will learn more advanced steps which are recognizable from professional tango productions. Tango students will be introduced to Milonga, an Argentine dance which is the precursor to the tango. Viewing tango and Milonga as a language, students will develop musicality and focus on the connection between partners in order to dance confidently in social settings. Transfer credit: UC; CSU (E2).

Th 6:00pm-9:50pm Delmar, K
Evening Class   IN
PROGRESS
DANC 162 - 53355 - Tango Milonga
DANC 162 TANGO MILONGA (.5 or 1)
(Pass/No Pass or letter grade.)
Hours/semester: 24-27 or 48-54 lab. Recommended: DANC 161 or equivalent.
Students will learn more advanced steps which are recognizable from professional tango productions. Tango students will be introduced to Milonga, an Argentine dance which is the precursor to the tango. Viewing tango and Milonga as a language, students will develop musicality and focus on the connection between partners in order to dance confidently in social settings. Transfer credit: UC; CSU (E2).

Th 6:00pm-9:50pm Delmar, K
Evening Class   IN
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DANC 163 - 53554 - Tango Buenos Aires
DANC 163 TANGO BUENOS AIRES (.5-1)
(Pass/No Pass or letter grade.)
Hours/semester: 24-27 or 48-54 lab. Recommended: DANC 161 and 162, or equivalent.
Students will begin to develop more confidence, demystifying and internalizing the tango's structural elements and intricacies. This class culminates with tango performances. (Open entry.) Transfer credit: UC; CSU (E2).

Th 6:00pm-9:50pm Delmar, K
Evening Class   IN
PROGRESS
DANC 163 - 53554 - Tango Buenos Aires
DANC 163 TANGO BUENOS AIRES (.5-1)
(Pass/No Pass or letter grade.)
Hours/semester: 24-27 or 48-54 lab. Recommended: DANC 161 and 162, or equivalent.
Students will begin to develop more confidence, demystifying and internalizing the tango's structural elements and intricacies. This class culminates with tango performances. (Open entry.) Transfer credit: UC; CSU (E2).

Th 6:00pm-9:50pm Delmar, K
Evening Class   IN
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DANC 164 - 54112 - Tango De La Confiteria
DANC 164 TANGO DE LA CONFITERIA (.5 or 1)
(Pass/No Pass or letter grade.)
Hours/semester: 24-27 or 48-54 lab. Recommended: DANC 161 or equivalent and two years of tango study.
Designed to strip tango down to its joyful essence, with many of the most fun steps of Buenos Aires from the past and today. Focus is on connecting with one's partner, dancing rhythmically, and feeling harmonious and happy in one's body, with one's partner, and with the music. Transfer credit: UC; CSU (E2).

Th 6:00pm-9:50pm Delmar, K
Evening Class   IN
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DANC 164 - 54112 - Tango De La Confiteria
DANC 164 TANGO DE LA CONFITERIA (.5 or 1)
(Pass/No Pass or letter grade.)
Hours/semester: 24-27 or 48-54 lab. Recommended: DANC 161 or equivalent and two years of tango study.
Designed to strip tango down to its joyful essence, with many of the most fun steps of Buenos Aires from the past and today. Focus is on connecting with one's partner, dancing rhythmically, and feeling harmonious and happy in one's body, with one's partner, and with the music. Transfer credit: UC; CSU (E2).

Th 6:00pm-9:50pm Delmar, K
Online Class IN
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DANC 350.1 - 55419 - Cardio Dance I
DANC 350.1 CARDIO DANCE I (.5 or 1 or 1.5 or 2)
(Pass/No Pass or letter grade.)
Hours/semester: 24-27, 48-54, 72-81 or 96-108 lab.
Steps, stretches and toning movements from many dance sources, folk, jazz, ballet, modern, rock, etc., that are choreographed to various rhythms designed to develop cardiovascular efficiency at a beginning level. Transfer credit: UC; CSU (E2).

TBA Steele, A
Online Class IN
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DANC 350.1 - 55419 - Cardio Dance I
DANC 350.1 CARDIO DANCE I (.5 or 1 or 1.5 or 2)
(Pass/No Pass or letter grade.)
Hours/semester: 24-27, 48-54, 72-81 or 96-108 lab.
Steps, stretches and toning movements from many dance sources, folk, jazz, ballet, modern, rock, etc., that are choreographed to various rhythms designed to develop cardiovascular efficiency at a beginning level. Transfer credit: UC; CSU (E2).

TBA Steele, A
Online Class IN
PROGRESS
DANC 350.2 - 55421 - Cardio Dance II
DANC 350.2 CARDIO DANCE II (.5 or 1 or 1.5 or 2)
(Pass/No Pass or letter grade.)
Hours/semester: 24-27, 48-54, 72-81 or 96-108 lab.
Steps, stretches and toning movements from many dance sources, folk, jazz, ballet, modern, rock, etc., that are choreographed to various rhythms designed to develop cardiovascular efficiency at an intermediate level. Transfer credit: UC; CSU (E2).

TBA Steele, A
Online Class IN
PROGRESS
DANC 350.2 - 55421 - Cardio Dance II
DANC 350.2 CARDIO DANCE II (.5 or 1 or 1.5 or 2)
(Pass/No Pass or letter grade.)
Hours/semester: 24-27, 48-54, 72-81 or 96-108 lab.
Steps, stretches and toning movements from many dance sources, folk, jazz, ballet, modern, rock, etc., that are choreographed to various rhythms designed to develop cardiovascular efficiency at an intermediate level. Transfer credit: UC; CSU (E2).

TBA Steele, A
Online Class IN
PROGRESS
DANC 350.3 - 55422 - Cardio Dance III
DANC 350.3 CARDIO DANCE III (.5 or 1 or 1.5 or 2)
(Pass/No Pass or letter grade.)
Hours/semester: 24-27, 48-54, 72-81 or 96-108 lab.
Steps, stretches and toning movements from many dance sources, folk, jazz, ballet, modern, rock, etc., that are choreographed to various rhythms designed to develop cardiovascular efficiency at an advanced intermediate level. Transfer credit: UC; CSU (E2).

TBA Steele, A
Online Class IN
PROGRESS
DANC 350.3 - 55422 - Cardio Dance III
DANC 350.3 CARDIO DANCE III (.5 or 1 or 1.5 or 2)
(Pass/No Pass or letter grade.)
Hours/semester: 24-27, 48-54, 72-81 or 96-108 lab.
Steps, stretches and toning movements from many dance sources, folk, jazz, ballet, modern, rock, etc., that are choreographed to various rhythms designed to develop cardiovascular efficiency at an advanced intermediate level. Transfer credit: UC; CSU (E2).

TBA Steele, A

Amber Steele

Professor Amber Steele in a Warrior 3 yoga pose on a hillside

As a tenured professor at Skyline College, Amber Steele leads the Dance Program at Skyline College, teaching Contemporary Modern, Jazz, Choreography, Pilates, Core Fitness and Yoga with a focus on technique for strength, longevity, and emotional expression. She has a passion for inspiring her students to break out of their shells and surpass their own expectations, and to see dance in a broader social context. Her lecture courses work to de-colonize dance history education by examining how richly black vernacular dance infuses American culture. She directs student-produced dance concerts that showcase many dance styles, and she mentors students to share their work as a form of community service and activism.

Ken Delmar

Ken Delmar dancing tango with a woman in a red dress

Ken Delmar has taught Argentine Tango at Skyline College for over twenty years and created the Cuban Salsa and Afro Cuban Dance courses.

A native of San Francisco, Ken Delmar performed with numerous illustrious ballet companies, including the Joffrey Ballet, Netherlands Dance Theater, Stuttgart Ballet, and he toured the U.S. with the Bolshoi Ballet. Ken toured the world with five major dance companies dancing in the most beautiful theaters between San Francisco and the Baltic Sea. Ken worked for 10 years in Europe and five years in New York, and gave private performances for Rudolf Nureyev & Margot Fonteyn, and for Princess Grace of Monte Carlo at her palace.

Abigail Keyes

Professor Abigail Keyes strikes a dance pose in front of Grecian style columns

Abigail Keyes is a dance educator, performer, and writer. Her research investigates the transmission, codification, and standardization of belly dance through the Salimpour method as a means for preserving and innovating the form while challenging orientalist conceptions and practices. She holds an MA in Dance Studies from Mills College, and is an authorized instructor of the highly acclaimed Jamila and Suhaila Salimpour Formats of Middle Eastern dance. She also holds a BA in Near Eastern Studies from Princeton University, and worked as an intelligence analyst in Washington DC for eight years covering Iraq, Libya, and weapons proliferation. As an instructor, she believes in the potential of every student, and hopes to impart a greater understanding and love of movement through her courses.

Kevin Simmers

Kevin Simmers began dance training in Burlingame, CA at the Les Williams Dance studio where he studied Jazz and Ballet, with teachers Les Williams and Leslie Crockett. His studies continued at Peninsula Ballet Theater in San Mateo, CA under the direction of Richard Gibson, taking daily technique classes with Mr Gibson and Grace Doty, as well as Mens, Pas de Deluxe, Character, and Modern Dance with Welland Lathrop. Kevin also performed with the company under the Artistic Direction of both Richard Gibson and Anne Bena, dancing a diverse repertoire and featured roles in their annual production of The Nutcracker.

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