The Scripps Dance Center: Dreaming of Possibilities

image of two female dancers at Scripps

What if…

… we had a dance space where students could maximize their artistry and stage a revolutionary take on the Nutcracker?

… we had the technology to livestream cross-cultural experiences through movement with social justice organizations from Los Angeles to Beijing?

… we had interactive studios where students and faculty could animate their research and scholarship, defining the future of new genres in performance?

… we had the tools to unite disciplines—dance, music, poetry and the visual arts—moving the needle on what it means to be “cutting edge”?

These don’t have to be dreams—consider them possibilities with the right resources.

Scripps College is seeking gifts totaling $4 million to plan and build a new Dance Center. Placing the building adjacent to Garrison Theater will transform Scripps’ west entrance into an arts corridor, establishing the College as a top school for performing arts majors and a regional destination for public performances and signature events.

An essential part of a liberal arts education, dance encourages the study of bodily movement in its many manifestations–as an expressive art form, as a key to the humanistic study of the world’s cultures, and as a means of gaining understanding of ourselves, each other, and our relationship to our environment. The new Dance Center will fuel innovative thinking and inspire boundless creativity by providing spaces in which to teach, learn, create, practice, and perform in a collaborative and interdisciplinary environment. Your support of the project will give our students and faculty the resources necessary to transform our campus, the Southern California dance community, and beyond.

Make the Scripps College Dance Center a reality by making a gift at For more information on the project, please contact Executive Director of Gift Planning David Carpenter at


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