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Why Choose Our Dance Program?

The world, as we know it, evolves in various spheres that affect history, religion, politics, culture, science and technology. Dance is the educative force that navigates through these disciplines facilitating knowledge acquisition, fostering discussions and analysis in its own unique artistic way. Dance as a Performing Art and Creative Art is a cross-discipline tool that understands and depicts humanity. Through movement forms; dance illustrates and communicates experiences, concepts, malaise and values of society with a care for aesthetic values. The skills developed in dance courses are experiential, theoretical and creative. The former includes physical and technical dance skills; the second consists of research, analysis and interpretation of dance in various contexts. The latter focuses on the artistic creative expression using the process of improvisation and choreography.

According to the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE),  the skills acquired at a professional level are transferable and invaluable:  Communication (verbal or written) • Strong work ethic • Teamwork • Analytical skills • Initiative • Problem-solving skills  • Interpersonal skills  • Flexibility/adaptability.

What Are The Degree Options?

Dance, Associate in Arts

Dance courses are designed to develop a strong base of knowledge and skills that will serve as a foundation for further study in dance. Those who are pursuing a career may choose to complete an Associate in Arts degree and then transfer to a California State University (CSU) with a major in dance.

What can I Do With My Degree?

There are diverse career paths for Dance Major: Arts, Government, Academia/Education, Non-Profit/ Philanthropy, Health Services/Healthcare Communications/ Media, Advertising, Technology, Food & Hospitality Services, Entertainment, Social Services.

Who Is Teaching Dance?


Valerie Gnassounou-Bynoe, Professor


Shelese Douglass, Adjunct Associate professor


Upcoming Events:

Spring 2016 Dance Show The  Keeper of Aging Souls- April 22nd and 23rd at 8pm at the Atherton theater

Youth Speaks Through Dance: May 26th at the Tillie Lewis theater. Event sponsored by the Dance department and Stockton Arts commission

SUMMER IN JAPAN 2016: for more information, go to

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San Joaquin Delta College
5151 Pacific Ave
Stockton, California 95207
(209) 954-5151