modern dancerThe Saddleback College Dance Department offers an Associates of Arts Degree.

In the dance department there are several technique classes, with sections at all levels:

  • Introduction
  • Level 1
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

These technique classes include; Ballet, Modern, Jazz, Tap, Hip-Hop, African, Latin and Social Dance.

In addition, courses are offered in History of Dance, Rehearsal and Performance, Dance Production, Site Specific Performance, Multicultural Dance History in the United States, Dance Pedagogy and Choreography.

Training is supplemented with courses like Yoga for Dancers, Mat Pilates, and Exercise for Dancers, and many of our students also choose to complete the 200-Hour Yoga Certification (this is a Yoga Alliance-recognized training) offered through the Kinesiology Division.

Mainstage dance concerts are presented each semester in the beautiful McKinney Theatre on our campus. The fall semester features faculty choreography in the WinterDance Concert, and the spring semester celebrates student choreography in the Dance Collective Concert. In addition, the dance department offers additional performance opportunities and interdisciplinary projects throughout the year, both on-campus and throughout the community!

Visit our Saddleback College Arts website for more information on upcoming events, and to purchase tickets.


Dance Collective

Thursday, April 16, 2020 - 7:30pm to Saturday, April 18, 2020 - 7:30pm

Thursday, April 16, 7:30 PM
Friday, April 17, 7:30 PM
Saturday, April 18, 7:30 PM

McKinney Theatre

$15 Adult, $12 Senior, $10 Student ($15 Door Price)

Come join us for an evening of dance, as our students take the stage in premiere works by faculty and guest artist choreographers.  Dance Collective features a medley of styles, from hip-hop to West African, ballet to tap, and everything in between!  We'll have your toes tapping by the end of the night!

Learn more about studying Dance at Saddleback College.

Saddleback Screendance

Friday, May 8, 2020 - 7:30pm

Studio Theatre

FREE Admission (no ticket required)

Come and watch a selection of short dance films created by Saddleback College dance students, as well as submissions from dance university students and professionals.  The event will last approximately one hour.

Learn more about studying Dance at Saddleback College. 

Choreographers Showcase

Saturday, May 9, 2020 - 7:30pm

Studio Theatre

FREE Admission (no ticket required)

An evening of dance premieres and excerpts by Saddleback students and faculty, showcasing the work of our dance majors and choreography classes!

Learn more about studying Dance at Saddleback College. 


Deidre Cavazzi View profile information for Dorothy Garant

Department Chair
Office: PE 409
Phone: (949)582-4642



Ballet, Modern, Jazz, Hip Hop, Tap, Latin Dance, Social Dance, African Dance


Mat Pilates, Exercise for Dancers, Yoga for Dancers


Choreography, Dance Pedagogy, Dance Production, Rehearsal, and Performance, Repertory I and II, Dance Ensemble, and Site Specific Performance


History of Dance, Multicultural History of Dance in the United States

Photos Courtesy Of Bentley Cavazzi, Lucy Darby, WD Photos, Inc. & Lanae Garant

WinterDance Concert 2015 Video

The Saddleback College dance program features several mainstage performances throughout the year, and many additional performing opportunities on campus and in the community. Please click on the link above to view our WinterDance 2015 concert, which features choreography from our faculty: Deidre Cavazzi, Dorothy Garant, Sharon Haas, Marjorie Himes, Nia-Amina Minor and Lacey Yell.

Dance Collective 2015 Video

Our spring semester dance concert each year is entirely student-choreographed, giving our students the opportunity to work closely with their peers while developing their artistic ideas and creating choreography for a mainstage production at the college. Click on the link above to view our 2015 concert!

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