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The Dance Program at Estrella Mountain Community College (EMCC) provides all dance students with an educational experience that is inclusive, supportive, and enriching. With a program vision of individual expression through creative collaboration, no auditions are required for performing with the student company, DancEstrella. Participants use a collaborative artistic process for developing productions each semester. EMCC’s new Performing Arts Center (PAC)
includes a beautiful dance studio and proscenium theatre, serving the college and the community
as a regional artistic hub.

Dance majors receive a comprehensive pre-professional dance curriculum which prepares students for transfer and career readiness. DAN 220 - Dance Career Preparation is a degree track course offered only at EMCC. In this class, dance majors explore career options and requirements; learn networking, auditioning and interviewing techniques; develop materials for personal and event promotion; and learn about dance/arts administration and fundraising.

General-interest students have the opportunity to train, create and perform alongside degree students in a pre-professional, cooperative and non-competitive environment. All classes are open to any EMCC student to experience dance as a powerful vehicle for self-expression and community service. Participation in a variety of performances and events both on and off campus are open to all dance students.


“The dance program at EMCC was very collaborative and creative. It gave me the confidence to come out of my shell, think outside the box, and help me realize there are no wrong answers.”

"Being in DancEstrella has changed my life. My relationship with my body, with dance, art, community...I feel challenged and pushed constantly as a student, professional, dancer, human. I have developed friendships that have enhanced my life in every way.”

“Collaboration really showed me that things can always work out through a compromise. It also taught me how to be a team player and keep my mind open to other people’s suggestions.”

Career and Employment Outlook

The EMCC curriculum prepares students to transfer to four-year programs at universities nationwide in a range of dance related fields. Since each career track requires selecting an appropriate course of study, ongoing advisement is provided by both a designated EMCC Advisor and Residential Dance Faculty. Dance program graduates have transferred to four year institutions in and out of state which include Arizona State University, Grand Canyon University, Colorado State University, Columbia College and Evergreen State College.

Dance career paths can include:


  • Artistic Director
  • Rehearsal Director
  • Professional Dancer
  • Choreographer


  • Educator (K-12 or higher education)
  • Teaching Artist
  • Freelance/Studio Teacher


  • Dance Therapist
  • Somatics Practitioner (e.g. Pilates, Gyrokinesis, Alexander, Feldenkrais, etc.)
  • Physical Therapy Assistant


  • Administrative Director
  • Development Director
  • Promotion and Marketing Coordinator
  • Studio Manager


  • Stage Manager
  • Lighting Designer
  • Costume Designer


  • Historian
  • Writer
  • Critic
  • Photographer
  • Videographer

Additional Information

For more information, contact Residential Dance Faculty, Janaea Lyn McAlee at 623-935-8427or

University Transfer Options

Maricopa Degree Options

At EMCC, get a degree in... And transfer to a university to get a degree in...
The Associate in Arts, Fine Arts - Dance     Bachelor of Fine Arts - Dance or a related field