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​Sylvia Turner

Dean of Fine and Performing Arts, is an award-winning choreographer and educator who has been active in concert dance, professional theater, and arts organizations for many years. She has performed professionally in the United States and Japan, and is a former member of the Ann Arbor Dance Theater, the Gloria Newman Dance Company, and was co-founder of Connect 3, a multimedia performance ensemble. In addition to choreographing for nationally competitive skaters, Sylvia Turner has written on ice skating choreography for "Dance Magazine". Her choreography credits include numerous productions for South Coast Repertory, the SCR Educational Touring Program, "The Lion King Parade and Street Show" at Disneyland, an animated film for the Luxor Hotel, Las Vegas, "Bridge to Angel Island" for Ballet Pacifica, and a collaborative work "Bullwhip Days" based on slave narratives, in addition to her many concert works.

In 2007 Ms. Turner received the Rancho Santiago Community College Manager of the Year Award. Ms. Turner received the 1995 Santa Ana College Distinguished Faculty Award, and the 1996 RSCCD Award of Excellence for her sabbatical research. She has served as a panelist for arts-granting organizations, and has conducted dance research in Africa, Haiti, India, and Germany. Ms. Turner serves on the Board of Directors of Arts Orange County, the county's nonprofit arts council. She is an advisor to ArtsCore: Literacy Through the Arts, a professional development institute based at UC Irvine, in partnership with the OC Department of Education, CSU Fullerton, Chapman University, and Santa Ana College.

Sylvia Turner is the former chair of the SAC Dance Department, which has a statewide reputation for excellence in instruction, high quality concert productions, and successful well-trained students. Sylvia Turner holds a B.A. from Antioch College, and M.A. degree from the University of Chicago. In addition to extensive training in ballet, jazz, and modern dance, Sylvia has studied both French and Spanish language and literature.

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