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.


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

Friday, February 9, 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.

Dance students perform a contemporary piece with legs and hands outstretched.

Dance Collective 2018

Thursday, April 19, 2018 - 7:30pm

McKinney Theatre

$15 At-the-Door; $12 Presale

Directed by Deidre Cavazzi and choreographed by both faculty and guest choreographers, this popular yearly concert showcases Saddleback students in numerous dance styles including ballet, modern, jazz, tap, hip hop and more. Proceeds benefit concert expenses and student scholarships.

Three dance students perform a contemporary piece in which they crouch together and reach out for something out of sight.



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