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Discover the joy and challenge of movement as artistic expression. Dance not only trains the body, builds discipline, and fosters collaboration; for thousands of years, it’s been an essential component of culture and community.

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Did You Know?

  • 34% of Americans under 40 study dance as a hobby
  • There are more than 700 dance organizations in the San Francisco Bay Area
  • San Francisco Ballet was the first U.S. company to perform “The Nutcracker”

Program Highlights

The NVC curriculum offers dance courses in a variety of styles, including modern, jazz, hip-hop, ballet, tap, Latin, and more. Students learn world dance history, pedagogy and technical skills, as well as injury prevention techniques. Choreography and production introduce management and collaborative skills. Students can pursue an AA or individual courses in Dance.


In addition to the tremendous discipline required to master technique, dance students build a number of transferable skills, including organization, attention to detail, collaboration, and effective communication. Program graduates can go on to become performers, choreographers, or dance educators, or can pursue careers in arts journalism, physical therapy, arts administration, and performing arts production and promotion.

  • Dancers
  • Choreographers
  • Personal trainers
  • Dance teachers
  • Physical therapists
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After NVC

UC Irvine offers a comprehensive undergraduate dance program that offers an optional concentration in performance.