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Santa Monica College|Academic Programs|Dance|Events - Visiting Artists and Others

Events - Visiting Artists and Others

Open House

September 3, 2015, Noon - 12:30 pm (Gym 104)

Come learn about the Dance Department classes, faculty, performances, guests and more. FREE and Open to All

Dance Major Meeting

September 24, 2015, 12:45 - 2:00 (Gym 104)

Learn about the Dance Major, A.A. Degree, transfer, careers and more. FREE and Open to All

Masters of Dance Series

Roberto Almaguer, Artistic Director/Dancer

Wednesday October 7, 2015, 10:15 - 12:15 (Gym 104)

Classical Ballet


​​This class will explore Mr. Almatuer’s 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.

Mr. Almaguer graduated from the school of Ballet de Camaguey, where he began his professional dancing career under the direction of the Father of the Cuban Ballet, Fernando Alonso. Mr. Almaguer was hired as a Soloist with the National Ballet of Cuba in 1989 fallowing his two Gold Medals in 1988 in the International Ballet Competition in Peru. While being a Soloist with BNC under the direction of world-wide legendary Prima Ballerina Alicia Alonso, Mr. Almaguer toured extensively throughout Europe and Latin America, and performed as a Guest Principal Dancer in several International Ballet Companies. Currently, he is an Artistic Director of Dance Peninsula Ballet,​  and he has been featured in TV in many of these countries and the USA.


Hae Kyung Lee, Artistic Director/Choreographer

Thursday, October 29, 2015, 10:15-12:15 (Gym 104)

Postmodern/Improvisation (Embodying Culture through Dance)

This class will explore the aesthetics and spiritual strengths of Lee’s Korean ancestry in a creative process that is both ancient and postmodern. This class will also introduce Lee’s works that traverse the extremes of stark minimalism and high voltage energy, focusing on dancer’s integrity and individualism.

Hae Kyung Lee received Bachelor of Arts from Ewha University in Seoul, Korea and Master of Arts from UCLA. She is the artistic director, founder and choreographer of “Hae Kyung Lee & Dancers,” and has performed throughout Canada, France, Germany, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Switzerland, Taiwan, and the United States.  She is a founding member of the Chopsticks & Sneakers Dance Company, Fall Ahead Dance and Performance Festival, and Contemporary Dance Company. Currently she is a faculty member in the Department of Music, Theatre, and Dance at California State University, Los Angeles.


Holly Johnston

Thursday, November 19, 2015, 10:15-12:15 (Gym 104)  

Contemporary Modern

Movement experiences facilitated by Holly Johnston in the context of a contemporary dance practice or 'technique' class address the connectivity of body to sensation and surroundings. This class will give attention and value to the progression of sensation, to the expansion of the imagination and to the openings of body dancing into infinite possibility.

Holly Johnston is a choreographer, movement researcher, dancer and educator. She is the artistic director of LEDGES AND BONES, a bi-city contemporary dance company working in both Los Angeles and San Francisco. Holly is an international dance artist receiving commissions and residencies from numerous colleges and universities around the United States. She is a movement researcher currently training dancers and professional athletes in what she calls "Integrated Functional Kinetics" which are somatic techniques for improving the performance of the body as it moves through the kinetic chain. She has been guest artist at Stanford University as a contributing choreographer to Stanford production of the Cinderella Principle by Robert Moses as well as UCLA, Cal State Long Beach, Dance New Amsterdam, San Jose State, Idyllwild Arts Academy, UC Irvine and several others. Holly holds a BA in Dance from Loyola Marymount University and established her career as a dancer, rehearsal director and artistic collaborator for Tongue Contemporary Dance, AD: Stephanie Gilliland.


A Tribute to Director and Dancer Herbert Ross

October 10th, 2015 at 7:00 pm in HSS 165 – FREE Event

Feature his film "The Turning Point" 

Moderated by Josh Kanin SMC Film Dept and Judith Douglas SMC Dance Department.