Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Winterdance 2012 Featuring Heroes at Saddleback College

 Rancho Santa Margarita, CA – The Dance Department at Saddleback College announced its   Winterdance 2012 to be held  on Thursday, November 15th at 1 pm, Friday, November 16th at 8 pm and Saturday, November 17th at 8 pm in the McKinney Theatre.

Tyler Padian and Isadora Sharon, Photographer: Heather Siemon

 Directed by Dorothy Anderson Garant, Winterdance is choreographed by Dance Department faculty and performed by Saddleback dance students.  This popular yearly concert showcases numerous dance styles including ballet, modern, jazz, tap, hip hop and more.  Proceeds benefit concert expenses and student scholarships.

 One of the pieces titled Heroes, choreographed by dance faculty member Marji Himes, is a heartfelt, serious dance number about the trials and tribulations of married life in the military.

Veteran Services at Saddleback College has offered supplies to be used in the performance including uniforms, camouflage pants and sea bags. Former Marine Alexis Saavedra attended  rehearsal to talk to the dance students about the hardships and responsibilities of married life versus Marine Corp life. She told the dancers how impressed she was with how she could already see a storyline developing within the rehearsal performance.

Tickets are $12 (presale); $15 (at the door); children 7 years and under free but require an admission ticket.  Call (949) 582-4656 or online at for tickets.
The Saddleback College Dance Department offers several technique classes at all levels for ballet, jazz, modern and tap. In addition, courses are offered in the history of dance, exercise for dancers, rehearsal and performance, dance production and choreography. College-wide dance concerts are put on each semester and promoted as a major theater event.

Saddleback College is located at 28000 Marguerite Pkwy in Mission Viejo, just east of Interstate 5 at the Avery Parkway exit. Parking is available in lot 12. Take Avery Parkway to Marguerite Pkwy turn left to the third traffic light, turn right into the campus and take the second left to the Theatre Circle turning right in lot 12.

Located in Mission Viejo, Saddleback College is celebrating its 40th year of providing quality higher education to the south Orange County community.  For more information on the college and its programs, please  For Fine Arts events, visit

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