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.


This ThiNg

Friday, February 3, 2017 -
7:30pm to 9:30pm
Studio Theatre
$10 in advance; $15 at the door
Originally called Happening/Unhappening, this wonderfully eclectic event has morphed into a fusion of dance, speech performances, and improvised music. Come and enjoy the experience.

Dance Collective 2017

Thursday, April 20, 2017 - 7:30pm
Friday, April 21, 2017 - 7:30pm
Saturday, April 22, 2017 - 7:30pm
Directed by Deidre Cavazzi
McKinney Theatre
$12 presale; $15 at the door
The Dance Collective 2017 will showcases the talents of Saddleback College dance students as they dance in an evening of jazz, tap, modern, ballet, hip hop and more. The concert is exclusively choreographed by Saddleback College students.

Dance Collective 2017 Auditions

Wednesday, January 18, 2017 - 10:30am to Friday, January 20, 2017 - 7:00pm
Auditions are: Wednesday, January 18 from 10:30 am to noon, Friday, January 20 from 7:00 to 8:30 pm in PE301 (dance studio).

Seeking dancers in contemporary, dance theatre, hip-hop, jazz, and ballet. All dancers cast must enroll in a 1-2 unit production course and commit to weekly rehearsals and tech week and performances (April 18 to 22). 



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!