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Associate of Occupational Studies Degree: Dance Theatre

    Professional, career-based Degree in Dance for Stage, Film, and Television.

    • Offered on the Los Angeles Campus
    • Accelerated Option Allows for Degree Completion in 1.5 years
    • Access to a Variety of Workshop and Performance Opportunities
    • Culminates in an Original Showcase Production in Los Angeles
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Program Description +

​The AOS Dance Theatre ​Degree Program embraces interdisciplinary artistic development with an emphasis on communication and storytelling through kinetic expression. Course work builds upon classical technique foundations in ballet, jazz, and modern with explorations of contemporary, commercial, and cultural dance styles such as hip-hop, contemporary, jazz/funk, Broadway, heels, contemporary, Latin fusion, and many others. Additional courses provide opportunity for practical applications of theory, choreography, and acting and dance for the camera. Dance productions and other theatrical performance opportunities expose students to a wide range of choreographers and choreographic processes. Supplemental course work in scene study and musical theatre contribute to this uniquely demanding program. AOS Dance Theatre students, as part of their program completion and career launch strategy, will also perform in a special culminating showcase.

Program Learning Outcomes +

Students completing the AOS Dance Theatre program should be able to:

    • Create compelling performance arcs demonstrating physical, vocal, and emotional specificity.
    • Demonstrate technical proficiency in ballet, jazz, modern, and a variety of movement styles and disciplines.
    • Memorize and reproduce extended sequences of theatrical movement with respect to space, time, motion, and energy.
    • Stand and move utilizing an aligned spine, free of unintended physical tension and mannerisms.
    • Develop and apply safe physical practices and holistic self-care.
    • Apply critical and interpretive analysis related to theatre, film, performance, and choreography.
    • Demonstrate ability to positively and effectively apply adjustments as directed.
    • Apply standard entertainment industry business practices regarding preparation, communication, and professionalism.
    • Engage in a collaborative production process.

Curriculum +

  1. Sample Curriculum

    First Semester Sample Curriculum

    DCB111-113 Core Techniques: Classical Ballet Foundations* 1.0
    DCO111-113 Core Techniques: Contemporary Ballet Foundations* 1.0
    DCC111-113 Core Techniques: Contemporary Foundations* 1.0
    DCJ111-113 Core Techniques: Classic Jazz Foundations* 1.0
    DNB111-113 Ballet 1.0
    DNM111-113 Modern 1.0
    DTP101 Dance Theatre Project I 2.0
    DN130 Fitness and Injury Prevention 1.5
    DN140 Iconic Dance Theatre Pop Culture 1.0
    AC116 Acting Fundamentals 1.5
    ENG101 English Composition 3.0
    FS100 First-Semester Seminars 0.5
    Total Credits 15.5

    Second Semester Sample Curriculum

    DCB111-113 Core Techniques: Classical Ballet Foundations* 1.0
    DCH111-113 Core Techniques: Hip-Hop Foundations* 1.0
    DCM111-113 Core Techniques: Modern Foundations* 1.0
    DCZ111-113 Core Techniques: Commercial Jazz* 1.0
    DNB111-113 Ballet 1.0
    DNM111-113 Modern 1.0
    DTP102 Dance Theatre Project II 2.0
    DN141 Dance Theatre History 1.0
    AC100 Acting I: Beginning Scene Study 2.5
    MT122 Introduction to Singing Techniques 0.5
    SPC205 Introduction to Oral Communication 3.0
    Total Credits 15.0
    Total First Year Program Credits 30.5

    Third Semester Sample Curriculum

    DCB111-113 Core Techniques: Classical Ballet Foundations* 1.0
    DCJ111-113 Core Techniques: Classic Jazz Foundations* 1.0
    DCO111-113 Core Techniques: Contemporary Ballet Foundations* 1.0
    DCS111-113 Core Techniques: Broadway Styles/Theatre Dance* 1.0
    DTP201 Dance Theatre Project III 2.0
    DN242 Dance Theatre: Kinetic Storytelling for the Camera I 2.0
    AC318 Career Preparation 1.0
    FL120 Acting for the Camera I 2.0
    CRT200 Applied Logic and Critical Thinking 3.0
    Select one of the following elective courses: 1.0
    DN_11_ Dance Specialty (Heels or Hip-Hop)
    Total Credits 15.0

    Fourth Semester Sample Curriculum

    DCB111-113 Core Techniques: Classical Ballet Foundations* 1.0
    DCH111-113 Core Techniques: Hip-Hop Foundations* 1.0
    DCM111-113 Core Techniques: Modern Foundations* 1.0
    DCZ111-113 Core Techniques: Commercial Jazz* 1.0
    DN204 Dance Theatre: Audition Techniques 1.0
    DN241 Dance Theatre Production Showcase 4.0
    DN250 Dance Theatre: Reels 1.5
    DNO202 Dance Theatre Company 2.0
    DN240 Industry and Networking 1.5
    Select one of the following elective courses: 1.0
    DNB111-113 Ballet
    DN_11_ Dance Specialty (Dance Improvisation
    or Contemporary Partnering)
    Total Credits 15.0
    Total Second Year Program Credits 30.0
    Total Program Credits60.5
  2. * Courses designated with an asterisk are offered on a rotating basis.

Admission Requirements +

Please note that applying to AMDA is a multi-step process. Be sure to follow ALL 6 steps below to ensure the submission of a successful application.

  1. Submit Your Application +

    To apply, you must be at least 16 years old and/or in the final two years of high school/secondary education*.

    AMDA also accepts applications from CommonApp and Royall VIP. If you have already applied through one of our partners, you do not need to apply again through our website.

    * If you are not yet 16, we would encourage you to consider attending the AMDA High School Conservatory.

  2. Complete Your AMDA Audition +

    Admission and scholarship consideration to AMDA require an audition. AMDA offers a robust calendar of auditions including regional auditions, campus auditions, live-online auditions and video submissions. Scheduling your audition will prompt a phone call with one of our enrollment specialist (or another term for call center) to help you prepare for a successful audition.

    IMPORTANT NOTE: To better prepare for your AMDA audition, we strongly encourage ALL applicants to review the Audition Instructions page prior to scheduling an audition or submitting a video submission.
  3. Phone interview with Admissions +

    This interview is an opportunity for us to get to know you, and for you to tell us about your educational background, and your interest in pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Arts at AMDA.

    We will be calling you, but if you would like to schedule an appointment for this interview, please email admissionsteam@amda.edu with the best day, time, and phone number to reach you.

  4. SUBMIT YOUR PERSONAL ESSAY +

    Towards the bottom of the application, space is provided for you to write a personal essay (500 words minimum) on the following topic: "Describe a challenging experience in your life and what you learned from it." Remember, this is an important part of your application, so answer thoughtfully!

    If you submitted your application but still need to submit your essay, click the button below.

  5. Submit One Letter of Recommendation +

    Please request and submit two letters of recommendation from teachers, school leaders, guidance counselors, coaches, or anyone familiar with your background and potential. Your recommendation letter must be written in English and signed and dated. To help with this process, please feel free to use AMDA's recommendation form by clicking the link below. Recommendation letters/forms may be submitted via email to docs@amda.edu or by mailing to the address on the form.

  6. Submit Your Academic Records (Transcripts) +

    Send an official transcript from your high school and (if applicable) college. Official transcripts from every educational institution that you listed in your application must be forwarded to AMDA. Please select one of the following options for submitting your official transcripts:
    1. If your high school or college uses the free service Parchment, please click below.

    2. If your high school or college does not use Parchment, please send the transcript request form to your guidance counselor/transcript office and request that they send your transcript(s) to AMDA using the address on the form.


    Important Note: The minimum grade point average (GPA) required for AMDA's programs is 2.0 out of 4.0 or its equivalent in other grading systems.


Five formally dressed dancers defy gravity in a synchronized jump
A single dancer on stage takes an artful leap
A dancer pops and glides into a dance move with a streetlamp in the background
Two ballet dancers in matching attire synchronize a forward split leap
A ballet instructor checks the form of her practicing students
A dancer in a flowing red outfit strikes a pose on one leg with her right arm outstretched skywards
Two dancers share a performance in front of a park bench as one archs backwards with the support of the other