The goal of the dance program at Santa Monica College is to prepare students for future careers in performance, choreography, teaching and related careers in dance. The Dance Department is dedicated to nurturing versatile dance artists, cultivating technique, creativity, and performance skills, while enhancing self-confidence, expression, and critical thinking. Students are encouraged to think independently, to value creative thought and diversity, and to be 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.


  • Support the Dance Department by donating through the SMC Foundation.