Celebrating over 70 years of Dance Education in San Diego. Founded in 1942, San Diego Civic Dance Arts has introduced hundreds of thousands of citizens to the art form of dance and has been lauded as the standard for which other city-wide dance programs nationwide measure themselves. As part of the City's Park and Recreation Department, San Diego Civic Dance Arts provides affordable dance training at 22 Recreation Centers throughout San Diego County as well as in several dance facilities in Balboa Park. With over 2800 students enrolled, the program provides our students, ages 3 to Senior Citizen, the chance to participate in a wide variety of classes such as tap, jazz, ballet, modern, musical theater, creative movement, hip hop, Hawaiian and even Zumba®. San Diego Civic Dance Arts is a high quality accessible program which, thanks to the City of San Diego's low income fee waiver program, ensures that anyone who wishes to dance in San Diego is able to do so.
Unique to the program, each spring brings workshops for advanced level, audition only Companies. San Diego Civic Dance Arts Companies provide advanced level training and performance opportunities. All four companies perform in various events year round, representing the City of San Diego. Many of our advanced level dancers have gone on to successful careers in dance and the arts.
Affordable one week Summer Camps are available to dancers ages 6-17 years, with a showcase performance at the end of each week. Also available are our Adult workshop (full convention-style day of dance for Adults and Seniors)and our pre-dancer camp for ages 3-5 years.
With the support of San Diego Civic Dance Association, all of our students are given many different performance opportunities, such as December Nights, our critically acclaimed dance Collage in the spring, Production Finales as well as the highly anticipated Yearly Recitals held at the beautiful Casa Del Prado Theater in historic Balboa Park.
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