November 4, 2022

SMC's Global Motion World Dance Company to Perform

SMC's Global Motion World Dance Company to Perform at The Broad Stage
The SMC Global Motion World Dance Company will perform November 19-20 in The Broad Stage at the SMC Performing Arts Center, 1310 11th Street (at Santa Monica Boulevard), Santa Monica. Global Motion dancers: Tika Yuille (center/foreground); Azuki Kato, Gabriella Nurhapy, Natalie Brown (back/background).

SMC’S Global Motion World Dance Company to Perform Nov. 19-20 at The Broad Stage

SANTA MONICA, CA — The Santa Monica College Global Motion World Dance Company is proud to present its fall 2022 performance featuring dances from around the world.

Performances are on Saturday, November 19, and Sunday, November 20, at 7:30 p.m. in The Broad Stage at the SMC Performing Arts Center, 1310 11th Street (at Santa Monica Boulevard), Santa Monica.

SMC students will present the excitement and diverse beauty of other cultures through showcasing traditional and contemporary World Dance styles — including Afro Cuban, West African, Hawaiian, Javanese, Maori, Mexican Folklórico, Hip Hop, Contemporary Salsa, and more.

Global Motion was founded over 40 years ago by Judith Douglas, former chair of the SMC Dance Department, to bring knowledge, understanding, and appreciation of the diverse beauty of dance throughout the world, and to give SMC students the essential experience of working with choreographers and performing as a professional company, on a professional stage.

The SMC Dance Department uses The Broad Stage — including the stage and lighting crew and support staff — for performances. Costumes are handmade each season by professional costumer Patricia Oliva.

Global Motion is under the artistic direction of Raquel Ramirez and Sri Susilowati. Ramirez is a dance professor at SMC and the founder and director of a folklórico performance group dedicated to supporting the traditions and cultures of Mexico. Susilowati, originally from Indonesia, creates and performs traditional and contemporary works that focus on community, gender, and ethnicity.

Faculty choreographers are Seda Aybay (Contemporary Salsa), Keali’i Ceballos (Maori), Angela Jordan (West African), and Sri Susilowati (Javanese).

Guest choreographer is Laroye Aña (Afro Cuban), a dancer, choreographer, and educator originally from Havana, Cuba, who performed and toured with various dance companies in Cuba for many years until she moved to United States in 2017. She currently works for Raiz Brazil Dance Company, directed by Jonia McClenney, and launched her own dance company in 2021 — OCANDENIYE — to teach and perform traditional and contemporary Afro-Cuban dance at private studios, colleges, and universities.

SMC dance students audition to choreograph pieces for Global Motion. This fall the student choreographers are Amé-Noelle Able, Hunter Ha, and Heather Ongpauco.

The ensemble has toured extensively and performed at schools, festivals, and special events throughout California and Mexico, as well as performances in Beijing, China; Bracciano, Italy; Santiago, Chile; Lloret de Mar, Spain; and Paris, France. In October 2019, Global Motion traveled to Asia for performances in Beijing, China.

Advance tickets are $20 for general admission (a modest service charge applies) and may be purchased online at or by calling 310-434-3005 (Monday-Friday; limited hours). Tickets may also be purchased on the day of the performance for $23 (a modest service charge applies) at The Broad Stage Box Office at the SMC Performing Arts Center. Free parking on premises. Seating is strictly on a first-arrival basis.

Masks are currently required to attend on-campus events. COVID safety requirements are subject to change, however, so guests should see for SMC's latest requirements for vaccines and masks.

More information is available at or by calling the SMC Dance Department at 310-434-3467.

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