The Santa Monica College Dance Department offers a comprehensive AA degree in dance rooted in theory and practice that prepares students for BFA and BA transfer and dance related careers, while serving the general student population through a breadth of dance experiences. The Dance Department is dedicated to nurturing versatile dance artists through a combination of rigorous technical training in contemporary modern, ballet, commercial, and world dance forms with performance opportunities, theoretical study and creative exploration. Our aesthetically and culturally diverse curriculum inspires students to cultivate personal artistry, think critically, value difference, and become responsible global citizens.

As an independent department, the SMC dance program is considered a unique gem in two-year training programs. In Spring of 2017, SMC unveiled the new Core Performance Center, a state of the art facility with four spacious sunlit studios dedicated to the Dance Department. The dance program also features a relationship with the Eli and Edythe Broad Stage at the Santa Monica College Performing Arts Center, where our students perform in four full-length dance concerts per year.

Ideally situated in the heart of Santa Monica, SMC students benefit from rigorous and immersive training in beautiful facilities near the ocean while gaining invaluable access to the professional opportunities and connections in Los Angeles.