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Courses & Requirements

Please Note: No New Students Being Accepted


The associate in arts degree option in Dance enables students to pursue a career in dance or to transfer to a four-year college in either professional dance or dance education. Students will develop ease of movement, coordination, endurance and self-expression as they learn the technical skills that dance requires in both classroom and performance settings. Students will also learn choreographic skills to be applied in both solo and group settings. A minimum of 65 credit hours are required for graduation.

Starting in the fall of 2014, any student enrolled in an associate degree program who is new to NECC and has no academic history at the college, must take at least one course designated as intensive in each of NECC’s six core academic skills in order to graduate. In most cases, the program’s core required courses include these intensive courses. Plan to see an advisor for more complete information about this graduation requirement.


Students interested in participation in this academic program may be required to undergo a Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) check, a Criminal Records Central Repository (CHRI) check and/or a Sex Offender Registry Information (SORI) check. For more information, visit the CORI/CHRI/SORI page on the NECC website.

Northern Essex Community College is committed to the success of every student. Students with legal issues in their background will meet with a committee as part of the CORI/SORI/CHRI process and will receive guidance and counseling throughout the review of their records. NECC personnel make every effort to help students prepare for careers in their chosen field. Students are encouraged to seek assistance and support.


Courses Credits Comments
ANT101 Cultural Anthropology 3  
BUS101 Introduction to Business 3  
DAN101 Dance Composition 3  
DAN121 Ballet 3  
DAN131 Jazz Dance 3  
DAN141 Modern Dance 3  
DAN147 World Dance 3  
DAN201 Dance Performance 3  
DAN203 Dance Pedagogy 3  
ENG101 English Composition I 3  
ENG102  English Composition II 3 Prerequisite
MUS101 Introduction to Music 3  
PSY101 Introduction to Psychology 3  
Courses Credits Comments
Program Electives 6 DAN course required
Performing Arts Electives 3 DAN, MUS, or THE course required
History & Government Elective 3 HIS111 or HIS112 or HIS121 or HIS122
Literature Elective 3 LIT221 or LIT222 or LIT271 or LIT272
Math Elective 3 MAT111 or higher
Science Electives 8 Recommended:
BIO103 or BIO104 or BIO121 0r BIO122