Dance Instructor, Certificate of Technology


Program Information

Is dance your passion? Do you love to move and want to share your talents with others? If so, our Dance Instructor technical program is what you need. This one-of-a-kind program features customized coursework taught by experienced instructors in our industry standard dance facilities. Here you will gain the skills, knowledge, and hands-on experience required to start a career as a studio dance instructor. If you are looking for a career that applies your passion for dance into a rewarding teaching experience in a growing industry, then join us on the San Jacinto College South campus.

The San Jacinto College Dance Instructor Certificate of Technology (CoT) program:

  • Is designed to provide basic preparation for entry-level employment as a dance studio instructor;
  • Develops skills in pedagogy, movement, technology, and performance culminating in a two-semester internship at a local dance studio; and
  • Is advised by regional dance studio industry leaders verifying the content of the program matches the needs of employers.

Career Opportunities

Graduates of the Dance Instructor Certificate of Technology may find satisfying work as:

  • Dance Instructors,
  • Dance Teachers,
  • Movement Coaches, or
  • Choreographers.

Earning Potential 

Dancers and choreographers: $22.62/hour1

Self-enrichment teachers: $44,110/year2


Median hourly wage, US Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2022


Median annual wage, US Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2022

For more information, students may contact Jamie Williams – South Dance Program Coordinator or Jeffrey McGee – South Fine Arts & Physical Education Department Chair


South Campus


Students enrolling into San Jacinto College programs with external learning experiences (i.e., clinical, practicum, externship, cooperative, etc.) will be required to comply with the immunization requirements and policies of the clinical/external learning sites to engage in all clinical/external learning experiences. Vaccination requirements at clinical/external learning sites are implemented pursuant to the independent authority of such facilities and are not mandated by San Jacinto College. Failure to meet the immunization requirements mandated by clinical/external learning sites may limit a student’s ability to complete the program and/or may delay the student’s graduation date. San Jacinto College does not process exemptions, and students should address potential vaccination exemptions directly with the clinical/external learning site.

Plan of Study


Plan of Study Grid
First Year
First TermCredits
DANC 2303
Dance Appreciation
or World Dance
DANC 1241 Beginning Ballet 2
DANC 1201 Dance Composition - Improvisation 2
DANC 1151
Freshman Dance Performance
or Sophomore Dance Performance
DNCE 1372 Dance Pedagogy I 3
DNCE 1271 Social and Street Dance Forms I 2
Second Term
DANC 1247 Beginning Jazz Dance 2
DANC 1245 Beginning Modern Dance 2
DANC 1301 Dance Composition - Choreography 3
DNCE 1373 Dance Pedagogy II 3
DNCE 1374 Dance and Technology 3
DNCE 2176 Internship I (Dance Instructor) 1
Second Year
First Term
Select one of the following 2
Intermediate Ballet
Intermediate Modern Dance
Intermediate Jazz Dance
DNCE 2271 Social and Street Dance Forms II 2
DNCE 1375 Dance for Early Childhood/Creative Movement 3
DNCE 1376 Career Resources for Dance 3
DNCE 1377 Wellness for Dancers 3
DNCE 2177 Internship II (Dance Instructor) 1
 Total Credits41

Capstone Experience: DNCE 2177 Internship II (Dance Instructor)