Dance Program

Sylvania Campus CT 216 | Dance SAC Chair: Sara Parker, 971-722-4321 | Rock Creek 5 245 | 971-722-7327

In the Heights - March 10-19, Music and Lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda, Book by Quiara Alegria Hudes

In the Heights is coming to the PCC Theatre this March!

The production will be choreographed by PCC dance instructor Sara Parker.

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PCC Dance offers dynamic, student-centered classes in a variety of dance techniques and traditions. Dance theory courses are also offered online and at the Sylvania campus. Classes are available for degree-seeking transfer students, aspiring professionals, and adult beginners. There are no auditions or placement classes required to study dance at PCC. For up to date information on class offerings, please consult the online schedule. For more details on the program including events, performance opportunities, and advising for transfer students, contact Sara Parker.

dance performance: arabesque

Courses available in:

  • Ballet
  • Modern
  • Jazz
  • Tap
  • World Dance
  • Hip Hop
  • Ballroom
  • Conditioning for Dance
  • Dance Improvisation (Winter)
  • Introduction to Choreography (Spring)
  • Dance Performance (Fall, Winter, and Spring)

Performance opportunities range from informal to formal and include Open Showings at the end of each term, a student choreography showcase held in the Spring, performances in Fall, Winter, and Spring terms as part of D209: Dance Performance, and in the annual Spring Dance Concert held in Sylvania's Performing Arts Center.

Dance Performance class (Winter 2013): Dance for Camera video

Most dance courses are co-listed in both the Performing Arts Department and the Physical Education Department. Students can choose to take courses for Dance or PE credit, which may be applied to degree and/or transfer programs. 

Transferable Credits

Although PCC does not offer a degree in dance, dance courses are lower division collegiate courses that transfer to a four-year college or university. Dance courses may transfer as:

  • elective credits
  • program requirement credits
  • and/or graduation requirements for the receiving institution

Students who wish to transfer to a four-year institution to study Dance should contact Sara Parker for advising upon admission to PCC. Students are also encouraged to check with the receiving institution, your PCC academic advisor and the University Transfer website for the most accurate and timely transfer requirement information.

Students intending to pursue a minor or major in Dance may consult the chart below to determine which courses are necessary to prepare to transfer. If the incoming student has a full year of experience studying Modern and Ballet, they may be able to follow the guidelines for the second year of study upon entry. To do this, please contact the instructor(s) for the desired course(s).

First Year:

First year classes by term
Fall Term Winter Term Spring Term
D130A: Modern 1
D190A: Ballet 1

Dance Electives (1-2)
D130B: Modern 1
D190B: Ballet 1

Dance Electives (1-2)
D131A: Modern 2
D191A: Ballet 2

Dance Electives (1-2)

Second Year:

Second year classes by term
Fall Term Winter Term Spring Term
D131B: Modern 2
D191B: Ballet 2
D209: Dance Performance
D275: Dance & Hip-Hop Culture
D230A: Modern 3
D290A: Ballet 3
D210: Dance Performance
D260: Dance Improvisation
D230B: Modern 3
D290B: Ballet 3
D211: Dance Performance
D251: Dance Appreciation
D270: Intro to Choregraphy

Dance Elective Courses:

  • D121: Dance Conditioning
  • D150: Jazz Dance 1, D151: Jazz Dance 2, D252: Jazz Dance 3
  • D170: World Dance
  • D175A: Tap 1, D175B: Tap 2
  • D177: Hip Hop 1, D177B: Hip Hop 2
  • D184: Ballroom 1, D184B: Ballroom2

What's Next?

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  1. Complete the steps for new students
    • The admissions form will ask you what you plan to study. Since we don't offer a degree or certificate in this subject, you should choose Associate of Arts - Oregon Transfer (AAOT) for now.
  2. Plan how you'll pay for college
  3. Plan your transfer