“5, 6, 7, 8!” “From the top!” “One more time!”
These are just some common phrases you will hear when taking any dance class. But as a dance major, it’s all you will ever hear. What does a major in dance here at Miracosta look like? Let me tell you! I am a dance major, and know the ins and outs of majoring in dance. It requires 2 years worth of classes at full-time capacity. First you start with foundational classes, which is Ballet. Then you continue on with technique classes, which are Jazz and Modern. Then you get to choose from a whole selection of dance electives to satisfy 9 units towards the degree. Examples of these electives are Hip Hop, Tap, Ensemble, and Ballroom.
What’s really great is that the dance department also offers a certificate for Dance Instruction. It’s the same thing, but involves in taking just two more classes, Choreography and Pedagogy, offered every alternating Spring. Then of course, you have classes for your General Education requirements. Math, English Composition, Science, Social Studies, etc.
But don’t just take it from me. I will also be interviewing one of our many amazing dancers for what’s required as a degree in Associate’s in Arts: Dance. Meet Micaela, dance major and UC Irvine Dance Transferee! AKA Min! AKA, my friend, fellow dance classmate. Here is what majoring in dance is like in her words:
LA- When did you start attending Miracosta?
MS- Gosh, when was it? Two years ago, fall of 2016.
LA- How were classes like?
MS- Like dance classes or in general?
LA- In general…
MS- Classes were really good. The course work isn’t that bad. LOL
LA- Haha that’s funny, but true. What was your typical schedule like?
MS- It was full-time and many of those classes were dance classes. I squeezed in general education classes to fulfill requirements for the Associate in Arts Degree. Every semester I had at least one online class.
LA- Oohh, cool! What’s online classes like in one word? Go!
MS- Easy. At least for me. Ha ha.
LA- Would you recommend online classes for international students, and why?
MS- No. Online classes take a whole different level of dedication with time, because unlike regular classes, you don’t go physically. Instead, you sign in through whatever website the teacher uses. Everything is electronic with online classes and they kind be very tough for some people.
LA- Thank you so much for your time! Good luck at UC Irvine!
~End of interview~
There you have it! Dance as a major is one of the easier majors, but required classes will depend solely upon your major, and whether you are going to be transferring to either a University of California, California State University, or other 4 year universities. If you have any more questions, please feel free to reach out to me! Til next time!