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Modesto Junior College

Theatre and Dance

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jennifer pirroneBefore my current position as the dance teacher for Johansen High School, I taught Dance and English at various high schools in the area. While going to school for English, I continued dancing with MJC, which helped me get a Dance supplement on my Credential. After going to MJC for two years, I transferred to Stanislaus State for another two, and then transferred to UC Davis for their Credential/Masters program. My BA and Credential are both in English and my Masters is in Education. Dance positions are rare so if you have any other career interests I would suggest pursuing them as well. For all students, I recommend to stay busy with classes. Always take at least 12 units to keep on track!

Jennifer Pirrone, MJC Alum

dancerMJC prepared me completely as far as my education and dance training -- not to mention the money I saved by attending MJC for my first two years of study! Choosing dance as a career is not an easy path. There are ups and downs. It’s the ups the will keep you going. I currently perform in two different dance companies, SJDanceco and HH Dance Company. I was hired at SJDanceco through my audition for the BFA program at San Jose State, and was hired at HH Dance Company after being seen at a performance. In addition I attend San Jose State University and I am in the dance program working on my Bachelors in Fine Arts. In the field of dance you face every type of emotion and all kinds of experiences.
Marte Madera, MJC Alum

About the Theatre and Dance Programs

Prepare yourself for a creative job in the exciting world of live theatre and dance performance and production. MJC's theatre and arts program offers many opportunities to put your talents in front of the public.

The Theatre Program at MJC is designed to prepare students to work in professional or semi-professional theatre situations or to transfer to four-year colleges and universities to pursue additional drama classes that may include preparation for teaching theatre. The program is designed to teach students the techniques of acting, costuming, directing, playwrighting, lighting, makeup, oral interpretation, stage design, and children's theatre. The Theatre program provides students the opportunity to act in major productions.

Opportunities also exist for narrators, playwrights, costume designers, wardrobe workers, makeup and hair stylists, lighting or set designers, stage managers, and actors. Graduates find marketing and advertising positions, becoming publicists, booking agents, or sales representatives.


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Phone: (209) 575-6081
Fax: (209) 575-6086



Performing & Media Arts Center
Room 205
Modesto Junior College
435 College Ave
Modesto CA 95350