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Civic Dance Arts Program



Program Office: 619-235-5255

Celebrating over 70 years of Dance Education in San Diego. Founded in 1942, the Civic Dance Arts Program of the City of San Diego Park & Recreation Department has introduced hundreds of thousands of citizens to the art form of dance. Classes are currently offered at .... 

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Civic Dance Arts Progam

Founded in 1942, the Civic Dance Arts Program of the City of San Diego Park & Recreation Department has introduced hundreds of thousands of citizens to the art form of dance. Classes are currently offered at 22 city recreation centers and Balboa Park facilities at affordable prices, with fees waived in some cases. This enables 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.

Beginning- Pre-professional level instruction is offered in disciplines such as jazz, tap, ballet, modern, hip hop and musical theater.  In addition to our ongoing classes, there are affordable Summer camps for youth and specialty workshops and master classes offered throughout the year such as our Adult Workshop, Workshops for our performing level groups and Boys Day of Dance.  Civic Dance Arts emulates the highest standards of nationally renowned private and non-profit programs; a program which now attracts the highest caliber instructional and student talent while providing instruction at the least cost in the community.

San Diego Civic Dance Company

During the 1980s, 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. This is a performing group of 30 to 40 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 14 recital concerts produced at that theatre in June. Also, 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 55 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 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.

Other partner organizations include:

Program Overview and Forms

Summer Semester


Registration will open on Saturday, June 23rd at 10am.
You can enroll from home beginning at that time, onsite with us at the War Memorial Building 3325 Zoo Place, Balboa Park from 10am-2pm on June 23rd only, or at any of your local recreation centers- be sure to contact them in advance to confirm their registration hours.

Please note: Civic Dance Arts Summer Classes will be visible on SDRecConnect on May 18, 2018.

More information about our Summer Camps, Adult Workshop and Boys Day of Dance can be found PDF icon here

Dress Code

  • Leotard and tights or dance pants/shorts. No jeans allowed at any time. Hair tied back and out of the eyes. Appropriate shoes required. See instructor for more detailed information.

Cost and Class Information


  • Class fees are $41.00 per semester (unless indicated otherwise).
  • Effective September 8, 2015, service fees will apply as follows for all transactions. For Online Registrations, $2 Transaction fee and 3% Processing fee will be charged for every transaction. For In-house Registrations, $2 Transaction fee will be charged for every transaction. Rates are established by the service provider and are nonrefundable.
  • Low income Fee Waivers are available for class fees only to those who qualify. Click PDF icon here to see fee waiver requirements and click PDF icon here for English or PDF icon here for Spanish to learn how to get verified and register for classes.
  • Classes: June 25 - September 2, 2018 (10 sessions).
  • Each class meets once a week for 45 minutes (unless indicated otherwise).
  • The classes listed are subject to cancellation when enrollment minimums are not met and based on budgetary constraints.
  • Dance instructors have final determination if their class levels are appropriate for the skills of the dancer enrolled. If the class is determined to not be a good fit, the student will be offered a transfer to another class or given a refund (see Refund Policy below).
  • All participants must meet age requirements.
  • Please be advised that parents will not be allowed in the dance room to watch classes as it is disruptive to the students dancing. Parents may watch the last 5 minutes of class only.
  • More complete information about our events and classes can be found on this website.
  • Dance office: 619-235-5255 (Monday-Friday 9:00am-4:00pm).

Summer Camps and Adult Workshop and Boys Day of Dance
Camps and Workshops begin registering on March 3, 2018 @10am.

  • Register for our Summer Camps!, Camps!, July 9 to August 10, 2018. Registration information here.
  • Register for our Adult Workshop! August 12, 2018. Registration information here.
  • Register for our Boys Day of Dance! September 23, 2018. Registration information here.

Payment Policy

  • Online Class registration requires a credit card payment.
  • Credit cards accepted are Visa, Mastercard, and Discover. We are unable to accept debit cards without a Visa or Mastercard logo.
  • Payment will also be accepted at Citywide Recreation Centers and the War Memorial Bldg using a credit card, EXACT cash or a check payable to: City Treasurer.
  • All fees must be paid in full at the time of registration.
  • Registration conducted on a first come, first served basis.
  • A $25 fee will be charged for all returned checks.
  • Class fees are not prorated/discounted after the beginning of the scheduled session.
  • Financial assistance is available. Please contact the Dance Office for more information on how to apply: 619-235-5255.

Refund Policy

  • Procedures for Class Refunds: Refund request forms MUST be submitted PRIOR to the 2nd scheduled class meeting or two weeks PRIOR to the scheduled camp/workshop start date. Please contact the dance office for refund assistance: 619-235-5255. Transaction and credit card fees are non-refundable. Allow 6-8 weeks to receive your refund check in the mail.
  • If a class is cancelled, the Dance office will contact you to follow the same procedures outlined above for processing a refund.
  • No partial refunds or make-ups for missed classes (i.e. routine illness, vacation or other schedule conflict).


Inclusion Support Services


  • The City of San Diego Therapeutic Recreation Services may provide inclusion aides for individuals with disabilities who wish to participate in Civic Dance Arts classes. Requests for this service must be made at least three weeks prior to the first day of class. For more information on Inclusion Support Services, contact Julie Gregg, CTRS, Inclusion Coordinator at 619-525-8248 or send an email.



As a recipient of Federal funds, the City of San Diego cannot discriminate against anyone on the basis of race, color, creed, sex, age, national origin or ancestry, religion, pregnancy, physical or mental disability, veteran status, marital status, medical condition, gender (transsexual and transgender), sexual orientation, as well as any other category protected by Federal, State or local laws. If anyone believes he or she has been discriminated against, he or she may file a complaint alleging the discrimination with either the City of San Diego Park and Recreation Department (Contact the District Manager (619) 235-1106) or the Office of Equal Opportunity, U.S. Department of the Interior, Washington, D.C. 20240.

Dance Class Description

Current Class Schedule

Civic Dance Arts’ registration is now online! Summer class registration begins on Saturday, June 23rd at 10am.

Please Note that our Civic Dance Arts classes will not be visible on SDRecConnect until May 18th and that you will not be able to enroll in any of them until registration opens on Saturday, June 23rd at 10:00 a.m. New students should contact the dance office for more information on how to get evaluated and enrolled: 619-235-5255.


2018 Summer Class Codes

To view all Civic Dance Arts Summer classes and their activity codes in pdf format, click PDF icon here.

Click PDF icon here to download PDF

To search and enroll Civic Dance Arts classes on SDRecConnect, click here.

You can save the classes you are interested in on your wish list until registration day.




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