The Global Motion World Dance Company at Santa Monica College will present The Pursuit of Happiness, a program of choreography from throughout the world, Thursday and Friday, Oct. 27 and 28.

Performances are scheduled at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 27 and 4 and 7:30 p.m. Oct. 28 at the Broad Stage, Santa Monica College Performing Arts Center, 1310 11th St., Santa Monica.

The performance will reflect the SMC Global Citizenship 2011-12 theme, “Health, Wellness and the Pursuit of Happiness,” according to the dance company.

The concert will feature various traditional and contemporary dance styles including ballet, Armenian folk dance, Chinese, hip hop, Cumbia Salvadorena, Irish step, lyrical jazz, salsa, Mexican dance, and African.

The Global Motion company, founded by Judith Douglas, is under the direction of Raquel Ramirez and Sri Susilowati.

Faculty choreographers are Ron Brown, Laura Canellias, Douglas, Angela Jordan, Cynthia Molnar and Ramirez. The guest choreographers are M‡ire Clerkin and Sona Gevorgyan.

Student choreographers include Yessenia Munoz, Paul Enriquez, Adriana Garzon, Anna Wichert and Xiao Xiao.

Global Motion has toured extensively throughout Mexico and California for more than 17 years – at schools, festivals and special events.

Tickets are $18 for general admission, or $15 for SMC students with identification and senior citizens aged 60 and over. A special $12 ticket price is available for SMC students who purchase tickets for both Global Motion and Synapse Dance Theater, SMC’s modern dance ensemble, which will perform Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 5 and 6. Parking is free.

To purchase tickets, (310) 434-3005, or

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