dance-3.jpgThe 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, Latin and Social Dance.

In addition, courses are offered in History of Dance, Rehearsal and Performance, Dance Production, Site Specific Performance 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 2016

Thursday, November 17, 2016 - 7:30pm
Friday, November 18, 2016 - 7:30pm
Saturday, November 19, 2016 - 7:30pm
cKinney Theatre
$12 (presale), $16 (at-the-door), children 7 years and under FREE but require an admission ticket.

Winterdance 2016, directed by Deidre Cavazzi, is choreographed by Dance Department faculty and guest artists; 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.

Photo credit: Ali Marcotte



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


Mat Pilates, Exercise for Dancers, Yoga for Dancers


Choreography, 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!