The Dance Department at PPCC:

Dance at Pikes Peak Community College is dedicated to creating a well-rounded dance artist who is capable of pursuing a variety of diverse paths. We recognize that every person that enters our program is an individual who has different desires, needs, concerns and goals. From beginner to advanced student, we are here to aid you on your journey. PPCC Dance Promo

What will I study?

The program strives to help each student develop, strengthen and further advance technique in a variety of different dance genres, as well as develop critical thinking skills through creative and scholarly processes. Dance is a unique professional field unlike any other that demands dedication, drive, and determination. The dance profession requires a person to be physically and emotionally strong, flexible, creative, and eager. Upon completion, students will be able to teach dance at studios or in schools, audition for professional companies, create and produce their own work, and/or transfer to a four-year institution to major/minor in dance.

Students who study dance gain an understanding of:

  • A variety of dance styles and techniques, and the opportunity to focus in certain dance genres, as well as the opportunity to perform. (Beginner-Advanced Students can study: Ballet, Modern, Jazz, Tap, Hip Hop, Ballroom, Salsa, Belly Dance, Feldenkrais, and/or Dance Performance)
  • Compositional strategies as it pertains to creating solo, group, improvisational and dance for camera work.
  • The historical & cultural context of dance as an art-form and how this relates and works within society.

Students may study dance for enrichment, fitness and/or to complete an AA degree with an emphasis in dance.

Example Classes I Might Take

Introduces the history of dance as a theatre or performing art. Examines dance from Classical Greece through the Renaissance, including court and classical ballet to modern dance with African and Caribbean influences.
Elementary modern technique for the general student. The emphasis is placed on correct body alignment and integration, locomotor skills, dynamic variety, and musicality. Explores dance as a tool for communication and dance as an art form. Familiarizes student with basic modern dance history. May be repeated for no more than three credits.
Builds on Ballet II at an intermediate/advanced level. Continues learning within the basic structure of a ballet class while increasing the level of skills through more experience with challenging movement combinations.
Focuses on principles of choreography and development of individual expressive style. In this course, students will explore through compositional studies, the tools needed to create original solo works and experiment with dance improvisation. Students will also gain the ability to artistically and academically view/discuss other dance works, as well as pieces from other artistic genres.
Introduces and develops the skills necessary for learning how to teach dance to children through adults. Fundamental movement principles and the goals/values of dance in education will be examined. Lectures, readings and laboratory teaching experiences will be followed by observation and feedback sessions on practical teaching and lesson planning.

Career Options

The Dance field provides a wide variety of job opportunities in all styles, both on stage and off, or behind scenes. A few of these options include:

  • Instructor/Studio Owner
  • Choreographer
  • Performer
  • Dance critic
  • Dance & Movement therapist

Careers in Dance

Is the dance profession right for you?

Dance is a unique professional field unlike any other that demands dedication, drive and determination. The dance profession requires a person to be physically and emotionally strong, flexible, creative and eager. Upon completion, students will be able to teach dance at studios or in schools, audition for professional companies, create and produce their own work, and/or transfer to a four-year institution to major/minor in dance.

Performances & Auditions:

Performance:

Twilight (A collaborative performance between the PPCC Theatre & Dance Depts)

When: Thurs., Nov. 30 @ 7:30 pm; Fri. Dec. 1 @ 7:30 pm; Sat. Dec. 2, 2017 @ 2:00 pm & 7:30 pm
Location: PPCC Centennial Campus Theater
Admission: FREE or non-perishable food item for PPCC Pantry

The Dance Department Student Company, High Altitude Dance Ensemble, in collaboration with the PPCC Theatre Department are producing Twilight, originally written and performed by Anna Deavere Smith, about the 1992 Los Angeles riots. This production includes gripping monologues performed by the Theatre Department and evocative movement performed by the Dance Department to create a one-of-a-kind show that is eerily reminiscent of current events.


Auditions:

Auditions are held at the end of each semester and before each semester starts for placement in our advanced classes and Dance Performance (Student Company).

Auditions for Spring semester Advanced Dance Classes including: Ballet II-IV, Jazz II-IV, Modern II-IV, Dance Performance I-II (Student Company) will be held on Monday, December 18, 2017 and/or Thursday, January 4, 2018 at the Downtown Studio Campus, room S105 from 10:00 am-12:30 pm. No need to prepare any material, just come ready to dance.

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Auditions

Auditions are held at the end of each semester and before each semester starts for placement in our advanced classes and Dance Performance (Student Company).

Auditions for Spring semester Advanced Dance Classes including: Ballet II-IV, Jazz II-IV, Modern II-IV, Dance Performance I-II (Student Company) will be held on Monday, December 18, 2017 and/or Thursday, January 4, 2018 at the Downtown Studio Campus, room S105 from 10:00 am-12:30 pm. No need to prepare any material, just come ready to dance.