Channel the healing art of movement

Dance has the power to influence and change perceptions. Find your rhythm and expand your imagination through movement by studying dance and/or yoga at the College of Lake County.

We help you cultivate a strong foundation in techniques and theories that interest you. Get your heart pumping as you pursue your dream of a career in dance, dance therapy, dance education—or wherever your steps take you.

Why study Dance with us?

With our dance practicum, you receive supervised, practical experience in dance performance, technique and production. We coach you with constructive feedback that builds your confidence and your skills.

Opportunities to shine on stage

You have opportunities to perform in front of a live audience as you develop your art. Our department hosts a fall and spring production and other outreach presentations offered throughout the year.

State-of-the-art facilities

Take your talent to the stage at the James Lumber Center for the Performing Arts (JLC) located on campus. The JLC features three modern performance spaces poised to showcase professional touring events and concerts, as well as our student music, dance and theatre performances and productions.


  • Performance Opportunities

    Join the Prairie Spirits dance troupe for fall and spring shows, plus the annual "Fear No Art" festival.
  • Financial Aid/Scholarships Available

    Based on need and/or achievement. Explore ways to pay for college.
  • Career Certificate

    Earn a career certificate in 1 year or less to refine your skills into an in-demand career.
  • Transfer Degree

    Save on your first 2 years and transfer your credits to the 4-year school of your choice.

Degrees and Certificates

For students planning to transfer to a 4-year college or university for a bachelor’s degree.

These programs are built around general education classes that lead to an associate degree designed to transfer to a 4-year school. CLC participates in the Illinois Articulation Initiative (IAI) to ensure that approved courses will transfer to other participating colleges and universities. Transfer degrees typically take 2 years* to complete.

*Assumes full-time enrollment.

For students who want to earn job skills for entry level occupations, or level up in their career.

Certificates are designed to be completed in less than 2 years. Many certificate programs contain Career Degree core courses so you can continue with additional study or stack certificates to earn an A.A.S. degree.

Need help?

A College & Career Navigator (CCN) is ready to answer your questions and assist with your application, academic program selection, class enrollment and connecting you with resources as needed, making your journey at CLC smoother.

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Career Certificate

Earn a teaching endorsement in Dance

Want to teach dance? Earn a Subsequent Teaching Endorsement in Dance through the CLC Dance Department. This endorsement is designed for educators who already hold a Professional Educator License (PEL) in the state of Illinois.

Endorsement requirements are:

  • 18 credit hours: All course work must be at the 100-level or higher and completed with a grade of "C" or higher from a regionally accredited college or institution.
  • Dance (140/209) test: You take this test through the Illinois State Board of Education.

Courses in the program

We offer a wide range of courses in the Art of Dance, Teaching Methods, Contemporary Dance, Ballet, Tap, Latin Dance, Hip Hop, Choreography—and so much more!

Meet our instructors

Experience the benefit of small class sizes and personalized instruction from your CLC instructors.

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Be debt-free at CLC

CLC has some of the lowest tuition around. Financial aid and scholarships are available—even for working adults.

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Discover majors and career paths to complement and extend your intuitive interests and abilities.

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