Valencia College Dance Program
Our goal is to provide quality technical training and the enhancement of the overall dance experience. We are committed to both students who desire dance as a professional career and novice students who would like to experience a new form of artistic expression. A strong technical emphasis is placed on a wide variety of dance disciplines available to students from any dance background. We provide a variety of performance opportunities for our dancers with the goal of strengthening their professional training experience. Valencia College offers a solid dance education, one that will ensure its students a future in the performing arts.
About Dance Department
Valencia College Department of Dance offers classes geared for dance majors and non-majors.
Designed to promote arts awareness, cultivate creativity through choreographic and performance opportunities, enhance technical proficiency and prepare the student for a place in the arts. This dance program has a lot to offer any dancer in a variety of disciplines. For the dancer who is a general Associate in Arts major, classes will challenge and stimulate your technical and performance abilities, simultaneously providing elective credit towards your degree. For the avid performer who aspires for a future in the arts, the Associate in Arts in Dance Performance Pre-Major Degree is grounded in a conservatory approach that emphasizes a strong technical base along with a wide range of dance disciplines, styles and viewpoints.
The Associate in Arts in Dance Performance program participates in five annual on-campus dance performances as well as local, regional and nationwide performances with resident dance company Valencia Dance Theatre (VDT). VDT provides dance education to Central Florida elementary, middle and high schools and community partners that span a four-county area throughout the state of Florida. The mission of VDT is to provide performance opportunities through the art form of dance and to recognize the importance of the arts education in our community. AA in Dance Performance majors focus on enriching their dance technique as well as developing their creativity in the form of choreography. These dancers vigorously hone their choreographic skills to create a voice through movement. Events are designed to further their choreographic development through on campus and off campus performances.
Valencia's pre-major Dance Performance degree is designed for the student who plans to earn the Associate in Arts degree and transfer to one of the state universities or state colleges in Florida as a junior to complete a Bachelor's degree. Each pre-major includes the courses necessary to satisfy Valencia's general education requirements for the A.A. degree as well as the statewide common prerequisites for this specific major. The Associate in Arts degree requires a minimum of 60 acceptable college-level credit hours, which include limited-access status through audition to the program.
Limited-access degrees have specific admission requirements. The A.A. Pre-Major: Dance Performance is one of two pre-major degrees with limited-access status with 36 credits of general education and 24 credit hours of electives.