Dance Program

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

Dance at PCC provides an opportunity to enhance each student’s quality of life as a result of physical activity, self-expression, and group interaction. The PCC Dance Program appreciates the cultural, historical and artistic value of dance in society and works to create connections between students and the larger community.

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Our dance program offers dynamic, student-centered classes in a variety of dance techniques and traditions including Modern, Ballet, Hip Hop, Jazz, Improvisation and Ballroom with leading instructors from the Portland Dance Community. Dance theory courses are also offered online and at the Sylvania campus. Performance opportunities are also available to students who are interested through the Dance Performance (D209) class. These opportunities range from informal to formal and include Open Showings at the end of each term and formal performances in Fall, Winter, and Spring terms. Past projects have included collaborations with other art forms in the Visual Performing Arts and Design Programming, as well as Dance for Camera projects. Additionally, every other year PCC Dance collaborates with PCC Music and Theater Programs to produce a professional level Musical as a part of the curriculum.

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.

Courses available in:

  • Ballet
  • Modern
  • Jazz
  • World Dance
  • Hip Hop
  • Dance and Hip Hop Culture
  • Ballroom
  • Conditioning for Dance
  • Dance Improvisation
  • 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.

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. 

Students who wish to transfer to a four-year institution to study Dance should contact Sara Parker for advising upon admission to PCC.

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

Dance Elective Courses:

  • D121: Dance Conditioning
  • D150: Jazz Dance 1, D151: Jazz Dance 2, D252: Jazz Dance 3
  • D170: World Dance
  • 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