College of the Desert offers various courses in dance including technical instruction, theory, and history. The mission of dance at College of the Desert is to provide opportunities for learning and performing as well as provide experiences that explore fundamental movement concepts for the performing arts student who is majoring in musical theater or acting.
The program is structured to introduce students to the joy of movement through dance and an appreciation of dance as an art form. It provides opportunity to develop a knowledge and an understanding of the body as an instrument of expression. It introduces aspects of self-discipline (Ballet, Modern, and Jazz) from both the performance and informed audience points of view.
The career students are given opportunity for more advanced studies, to prepare them for entry into dance as a vocation, and to acquaint them with career options in the dance field today.
The program is primarily concerned with the process of education and the development of thought and practice rather than the emulation and absorption of prescribed or predesignated theories. In this setting, the curriculum is constantly evolving according to the needs of students in the changing world of dance.