Santa Ana, Calif. - For the first time in Santa Ana College’s history, the dance department will perform a holiday-themed dance production,
Epiphanic: The Gift, A Holiday Dance Celebration, December 7-9 and 15-16.
Inspired by the -oliday spirit of giving and receiving, original dance works embracing the anticipation of the season, family fun, joy and the meaning of community will be showcased at the college’s Phillips Hall Theater. With scenic elements and visual graphic images woven into the performances (think: dancing Christmas lights, toys, snowflakes and jingle bells), dancers will utilize various genres of cultural and contemporary dance, ballet and hip-hop to tell stories through their movement.
“This is truly a wonderful family event that you don’t want to miss. Even Santa Claus will make a one-time special appearance!” said Heather Gillette, SAC’s chair of the dance department. (See Editor’s note for details.)
Who: Santa Ana College Dance Department
What: Epiphanic: The Gift, A Holiday Dance Celebration
Where: Phillips Hall Theatre, on the campus of Santa Ana College at 17th and Bristol Street in Santa Ana
When: Thursday, December 7 and Friday, December 8 at 7 p.m., Saturday December 9 at 2:30 and 7 p.m., Friday December 15 at 7 p.m. and Saturday, December 16 at 2:30 and 7 p.m.
Tickets: $15 general admission, $12 faculty and staff, $10 students with ID and $5 children. Tickets are available online at
Parking: Parking is available in Lot 6 off Bristol Street. Parking passes are available for $2 a parking lot kiosks.
All proceeds of the performances will benefit department programs. Among the ways funds are used, students majoring in dance will be sent to the American College Dance Conference, scholarships to summer dance programs will be provided and SAC will offer master class workshops to students.
About Santa Ana College
Santa Ana College (SAC), which turned 100 years old in 2015, serves about 18,000 students each semester at its main campus in Santa Ana. The college prepares students for transfer to four-year institutions, provides invaluable workforce training, and customized training for business and industry. In addition, another 11,000 students are served through the college’s School of Continuing Education located at Centennial Education Center. Ranked as one of the nation’s top two-year colleges awarding associate degrees to Latino and Asian students, the college is also recognized throughout the state for its comprehensive workforce training programs for nurses, firefighters, law enforcement and other medical personnel. SAC is one of two comprehensive colleges under the auspices of the Rancho Santiago Community College District.
Santa Claus will pay a special visit to Phillips Hall Theatre from 1:15-2:15 p.m. before the Saturday, December 16 matinee performance. He will be in the theatre foyer for a photo shoot and will pass out candy canes to everyone who stops by to see him.
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