Come dance with us! The Diablo Valley College Dance Program welcomes dancers of all levels and genres who want to expand their knowledge in dance and/or pursue a career with dance as an emphasis. Students of the program have an opportunity to study a variety of classes, dance techniques, theory, choreography, and production taught by instructors who have extensive experience in the dance industry.
Students in the dance program will gain a comprehensive understanding of this exciting field through studying core dance technique courses in ballet, modern, and jazz dance. The program also offers classes in various other dance genres such as hip hop, tap, and salsa/latin dance. To suit student needs, a variety of courses are offered from introductory levels to advanced dance training. Additionally, the dance program provides academic courses in choreography, music for dance, dance history and dance appreciation. Lastly, the DVC dance program also features two productions every year in the DVC Performing Arts Center, which showcases a spacious proscenium theater. All students are welcome to perform in our faculty and guest artist choreographed Repertory concert or our student choreographed Dance Productions.
Coming into the dance department from DVC Drama was extremely helpful because they prepared me for the unpredictability of dance calls, intense choreography, and vocabulary that I would need to know moving on in the industry. Most importantly, they helped me understand how my body works and what I need to do to keep it strong, healthy, and ready for what this career path has in store for me.
- Elizabeth Martinie, AA Tech Theatre and Theatre Arts at DVC, B.S. Theatre Arts Musical Theatre and Shakespeare Studies
DVC Dance has given me an outlet for my passion that has given me numerous performance opportunities, strengthened my ability to teach at studios, and helped cultivate my skills and technique. The corrections given in techniques classes made me a much stronger dancer while the theory classes the program offers gave insight into who I am as an artist and developed my approach to choreography while learning about the history of the subject, and musical composition. DVC dance program is incredibly welcoming and beneficial to those just beginning their dance journey ,and to those who have been at a studio since childhood. Most of all DVC dance provides a sense of community with incredible guidance from its amazing faculty, and I will forever cherish my experience here.
- Moriah Costa, AA Dance
I only danced for a couple of years before entering the DVC dance program as a self-taught dancer, but it turned out to be the best decision I made. I was getting to work with the fantastic dance instructors, including the remarkable Kimberly Valmore, at the time, who helped me strengthen my skills by teaching me the foundation that I was needing.
- Joshua Schodorf Independent Dancer/Choreographer
The DVC dance program was definitely a one of a kind experience! I learned many new things about dance that made me appreciate the art form on a deeper level. The different humanities, music theory, and ballet history classes required to obtain a degree were challenging; but vital information all professional dancers should know. The program was more textbook and course work driven than anticipated but I later appreciated learning the history of dance from a classroom desk, then applying it in the dance studio. It really pushed me to not just feel but to understand where the physical movement was coming from. Performing and choreographing for the dance shows was always a creative and vibrant process. We spent weeks teaching and learning original pieces, picking music, dancers, costumes, staging, lights, etc. And it was all very rewarding to share with our family and friends during the dance showcase weekend!
- Lataycha Washington, AA - Dance Performance/Choreography 2017 Industry performer
DVC dance presents it Fall 2020 ‘virtual’ Repertory Production “WE … dancers calling for awareness and change through the art of dance.” This show speaks to the thoughts, ideas, and concerns of the students during this very difficult time of quarantine, Covid and social issues. The video features various locations on the DVC campus shot by Borna Moinpour, choreography by the DVC students, Rebecca Kang-Grey, Stephanie Tobon (additional video editor/choreographer), and Kimberly Valmore (Faculty/DVC Dance Coordinator) with additional sound editing by Hailey Pecknold. View trailer below, or watch the full version.
As a student of the dance program, you will gain a comprehensive understanding of this exciting field through studying the following courses:
Broadway, Hip-Hop, Tap, Latin/Salsa, Ballroom, Swing and Pilates.
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|Professor of Dance:||Kimberly B. Valmore|
|Directory:||Kinesiology, Athletics, and Dance faculty and staff|