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dance performances
Tickets sell out quickly for these performances. Advance tickets are highly recommended and may be purchased online ( or in person at the SMC Theatre Arts Box Office (Theatre Arts Complex, SMC Main Campus; limited hours). 
A modest service charge applies. For details, 
please call the SMC Events Box Office Department 
at (310) 434-3005 or check our website (​). 
Plan to arrive 20 minutes before curtain. No late seating!


Synapse Dance Theater 
SMC Contemporary Dance Ensemble

Jae Lee and Mark Tomasic, Artistic Directors. Synapse Dance Theater—SMC’s Contemporary Dance ensemble for more than 40 years—showcases new works by guest and faculty artists, as well as student choreographers. Styles include Contemporary Ballet, Modern, Postmodern, and Jazz, as well as Hip Hop, Fusion, and more! See for details.

Fri, November 6 | 7:30pm | $18

Sun, November 8 | 4 & 7:30pm | $18

The Broad Stage at SMC Performing Arts Center

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Global Motion 
SMC World Dance Company

Raquel Ramirez and Sri Susilowati, Artistic Directors. Come experience the excitement and learn about other cultures through performances by SMC dancers showcasing World Dance styles—including West African, Flamenco, Ballet, Asian, French Neoclassical, Mexican Folklórico, Salsa, and more! Please see for details.

Sat, November 21 | 4 & 7:30pm | $18

Sun, November 22 | 7:30pm | $18

The Broad Stage at SMC Performing Arts Center


Masters of Dance Series
You are invited to attend—as an observer or participant—our exciting FREE series of lectures and master classes featuring experts in the field of dance. Sponsored by the SMC Associates ( and SMC Dance Department. Please see or call (310) 434-3467 for more information. Space is limited, so plan to arrive early. ​
Seating is strictly on a first-arrival basis.

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Roberto Almaguer 

Artistic Director/Dancer

Classical Ballet

Dance Peninsula Ballet artistic director—who has toured throughout Europe and Latin America as a National Ballet of Cuba Soloist under the direction 
of legendary Prima Ballerina Alicia Alonso—will present a Contemporary Ballet class exploring his unique style and approach rooted in a strong classical base. This master class is designed for the students at the advanced level of ballet technique. Wear black on black dance-wear. Seating is limited.


Wed, October 7 | 10:15am | Free | Gym 104

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Tribute to Director/Producer/Dancer Herbert Ross

The Turning Point Screening & Discussion

Featuring Leslie Browne

Sponsored by the SMC Associates( and SMC Dance Department

Join us for a screening of the classic film about a former dancer who—when her daughter joins a ballet company—is forced to confront her long-ago decision to give up the stage to have a family. Year released: 1977. Director: Herbert Ross. Starring: Anne Bancroft, Shirley MacLaine, Mikhail Baryshnikov, and Leslie Browne. Film star Leslie Browne will introduce the film, and SMC Film Studies professor Josh Kanin and SMC Dance Department chair Judith Douglas will moderate an audience discussion following the screening. Seating is limited and on a first-arrival basis.

​Sat, October 10 | 6:30pm | Free | HSS 165​

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 Hae Kyung Lee

Artistic Director/Choreographer

Postmodern/Improvisation (Embodying Culture Through Dance)

Hae Kyung Lee & Dancers artistic director, founder, and choreographer—who is on the faculty in the Department of Music, Theatre, and Dance at CSU Los Angeles and a founding member of the Chopsticks & Sneakers Dance Company, Fall Ahead Dance and Performance Festival and Contemporary Dance Company—will discuss the aesthetics and spiritual strengths of her Korean ancestry, and introduces her works traversing extremes of stark minimalism and high-voltage energy. Wear black on black dance-wear. Seating is limited.

Thu, October 29 | 10:15am | Free | Gym 104

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Holly Johnston

Choreographer/Movement Researcher

Contemporary Modern

Bi-city (Los Angeles/San Francisco) Ledges and Bones artistic director—an international dance artist and educator with performances, commissions, and residencies at colleges and universities across the nation—will present movement experiences in the context of a class in Contemporary Modern technique, addressing the connectivity of body to sensation and surroundings. Wear comfortable clothing. Wear black on black dance-wear. Seating is limited.

Thu, November 19 | 10:15am | Free | Gym 104



Come visit SMC dance classes on the main campus during our Dance Open House session, and find out about SMC’s Dance major and our amazing department programs! 

Wed & Thu, December 9 & 10 | Free

See​ for details  

Online Ticketing Fees: 

         There is a $1.00 per ticket service charge, a credit card fee of 3.5% and a Vendini ticketing fee .  Please see below fees that apply to online orders:
 Visa, MasterCard and American Express are accepted.
Ticket Price
EXAMPLE: Tickets purchased --
1 General Admission $9.99 x 3.5% credit card fee = $10.34 + $1.50 Vendini online ticketing fee + $1.00 service charge  = $12.84 Total ticket sale.
1 General Admission $10.00 x 3.5% credit card fee = $10.35 + $2.00 Vendini online ticketing fee + $1.00 service charge = $13.35 Total ticket sale.
1 General Admission $20.00 x 3.5% credit card = $20.70 + $2.50 Vendini online ticketing fee +$1.00 service charge = $24.20 Total ticket sale.
1 General Admission $30.00 x 3.5% credit card fee = $31.05 + $3.00 Vendini online ticketing fee + $1.00 service charge = $35.05 Total ticket sale.
1 General Admission $40.00 x 3.5% credit card fee = $41.40 + $3.50 Vendini online ticketing fee + $1.00 service charge = $45.90 Total ticket sale. 
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$10.00 - $19.99
3.5% + $2.00
$20.00 - $29.99
3.5% + $2.50
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 $40.00 - UP
3.5% + $3.50

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