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.


Winterdance 2019

Thursday, November 21, 2019 - 7:30pm to Saturday, November 23, 2019 - 7:30pm

Thursday, November 21, 7:30 PM
Friday, November 22, 7:30 PM
Saturday, November 23, 7:30 PM

McKinney Theatre

BUY TICKETS $15 Adult; $12 Senior; $10 Student; $7 Child 12 & Under

Featuring both faculty and guest artist choreographers, Winterdance 2020 celebrates the artistry and abilities of the students in the Saddleback College Dance department as they perform in our fall semester mainstage production. The concert includes a diverse selection of dances in many genres, including African, hip-hop, Latin, contemporary, ballet, jazz, ballroom and tap.

Note: The door price for all tickets sold in the hour preceding the performance is $15.

Learn more about studying Dance at Saddleback College.

Laguna Ballet's The Nutcracker

Thursday, December 19, 2019 - 7:00pm to Sunday, December 22, 2019 - 6:00pm

Thursday, December 19, 7:00 PM
Friday, December 20, 7:00 PM
Saturday, December 21, 2:00 PM & 7:00 PM
Sunday, December 22, 1:00 PM & 6:00 PM

McKinney Theatre


The holiday season just isn’t complete without joining Clara and her Nutcracker prince to experience the enchanting Nutcracker Ballet, presented by the Laguna Ballet in its eighth 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.

Note: No discounts are available at the door. All tickets sold in the hour preceding the performance are sold at the full adult price.


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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