Dance is the hidden language of the soul.

– Martha Graham

The Cypress College Dance Department is dedicated to providing a supportive environment to all students. Dance Majors receive a well-rounded education that will prepare them to transfer as dance majors or to teach, choreograph, and perform in professional venues.

Dancers on stage

What You’ll Study
  • Dance Appreciation
  • Dance in the US
  • Pilates Mat Work
  • Ballet
  • Modern Dance
  • Dance Improvisation
  • Adaptive Dance
  • Jazz
  • Tap
  • Hip Hop
  • Afro-Caribbean Dance
  • Flamenco
  • Middle Eastern Dance
  • Latin and Swing Dance
  • Ballroom
  • Summer Dance Festival
  • Performance
  • Costume Design for Dance
  • Light Design for Dance
  • Dance and Technology
  • Elements of Choreography
  • Dance Production
  • Dance Ensemble
  • Dance Teaching Methodologies

Visit our catalog for more information about the degrees and certificates, courses, and program learning outcomes for students majoring in Dance.

Careers & Salary


  • Choreographer
  • Dancer
  • Teacher, Postsecondary


  • Low: $18k
  • Average: $55k
  • High: $187k

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What Students Say

“I aspire to become a college professor, as well as open a dance therapy studio. Professor Maha Afra pushed and motivated me to pursue my goals, and has been there every step of the way to help me achieve them. She is always very well-informed and became my mentor. Additionally, she kept her office doors open to all of us in a welcoming environment with lots of pillows where we would go when life was overwhelming. She also reminded us of our self worth and continued to motivate us to achieve.”

Monica Vargas

“The faculty that have helped me get where I am today are dance professors: Erin Landry, Maha Afra, and Katiana Pallais. Honestly, I would say all the dance professors at Cypress have positively affected my life in one way or another.”

Dominique Brown

  • Maha Afra
Adjunct Faculty
  • Michelle Funderburk-Norris
  • Issa Hourani
  • Monik Jones
  • Francesca Lee
  • Sing (Stella) Ng
  • Santiago Rivera
  • Waeli Wang
Dance Department

Location: Theater Arts, Room 222
T: (714) 484-7201
Department Chair: Maha Afra,