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.


The Dance Department presents Winterdance 2017

Thursday, November 16, 2017 - 7:30pm
Friday, November 17, 2017 - 7:30pm
Saturday, November 18, 2017 - 7:30pm

McKinney Theatre
$15 At-the-Door; $12 Presale
Winterdance 2017, directed by Deidre Cavazzi, is choreographed by Dance Department faculty and guest artists and is performed by Saddleback College dance students. This popular yearly concert showcases numerous dance styles including ballet, modern, jazz, tap, hip hop and more. Proceeds benefit concert expenses and student scholarships.

Student dancers performing on stage.



Laguna Ballet's The Nutcracker

Thursday, December 14, 2017 - 7:00pm

Friday, December 15, 2017 - 7:00pm
Saturday, December 16, 2017 - 2:00pm & 7:00pm
Sunday, December 17, 2017 - 1:00pm & 6:00pm
McKinney Theatre
$26 General; $24 Student/Senior (presale only); $22 Children 12 & Under (presale only)
The holidays just wouldn’t be complete without joining Clara to experience the enchanting Nutcracker Ballet, presented by the Laguna Ballet in its sixth season at Saddleback College. Over 75 Orange County students come together each year under the direction of Artistic Director, Shery Gilbert, to present this full-length Nutcracker, Tchaikovsky’s most famous composition and the most popular ballet in the world.



Ice Memory: Arctic Musings and Movement Inspired by the Journey North

Friday, February 9, 2018 - 7:30pm
Saturday, February 10, 2018 - 7:30pm

Studio Theatre
$15 At-the-Door; $12 Presale
Join us for an exciting evening of mini-lectures and multimedia performance inspired by arctic ecosystems and climate change, featuring live music and dance. The performance was inspired by Deidre Cavazzi’s recent artist residency with The Arctic Circle in Svalbard.

Artistic Director and Choreographer: Deidre Cavazzi

Glacial Geology and Climate Change Lecture: Dr James Repka

Sustainability in Architectural Design Lecture: Blake Stephens, A.I.A.


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!

four dancers