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Civic Dance Arts Program

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Program Office: (619) 235-5255

Founded in 1942, the Civic Dance Arts Program of the City of San Diego Park and Recreation Department has introduced hundreds of thousands of citizens to the art form of dance. Classes are currently offered at 25 city recreation centers at affordable prices, with fees waived in some cases, enabling children and adults from all economic and cultural backgrounds to fully participate in the study of dance. Our class schedule is updated three times a year (Fall, Spring Summer) so please check back towards the beginning of each session for updates.

The basics of ballet, jazz, tap, and theatre dance technique are stressed for all students. New to the program is the Balboa Park Dance Camp, a comprehensive, affordable summer and winter camp, offering four one-week sessions for all levels of dancers, ages 6 to 17.

San Diego Civic Dance Company

During the 1980's, in response to an overwhelming demand for recreational activities in the arts, an advanced studies program was initiated resulting in the formation of the San Diego Civic Dance Company a performing group of thirty to forty dancers admitted by audition and incorporation of the San Diego Civic Dance Association, a non-profit support organization.

The Company performs in concert at the Casa del Prado Theatre in Balboa Park for three weeks in February each year. All dancers enrolled in the program can perform in one of twelve recital concerts produced at that theatre during the month of June. In addition, Company dancers accommodate community service and city organizations' requests for entertainment and concert performances when their calendar permits. Enrollment averages 2,900 students.

This cultural program has been the crown jewel of this city's recreational offerings continuously for fifty-five years. Thousands of children look upon their dance experiences with the city's Park & Recreation Department as a never-to-be-forgotten joy of childhood, and return enroll their own children in the program. Many have not strayed far from the arts for career choices, but nearly all feel their lives have been enriched by participation in this activity.

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