Performing Arts Department:Dance
I was born and raised in Carson located in the South Bay area of Los Angeles. I went to King Drew Medical Magnet High School (pursuing to be a surgeon) and then furthered my education to University of California, Riverside. I graduated in 2007 with a B.A in Psychology and Dance. During the 5 year journey, I found myself devoting more time and energy to dance than anything else such as being captain of the dance team, teaching at a dance studio 3 days a week, being a recipient of the Gluck Arts Foundation Scholarship for 4 years, and then finally deciding in making it my major. After graduating, I worked with Champions an outdoor adventure, and after school company for almost 2 years. During that time, I was introduced to New West as their P.E and after school director. Fortunately, New West decided to hire me as a staff member. I started the dance program in 2009 that has increased in popularity over the years. I am now the P.E/Dance director of New West. Outside of school, I teach in Riverside at Dancers studio since 2004. I've been dancing for about 24 years and was a member of a professional tap company, "Rhapsody in Taps" from 2008-2013. This is my 10th year at New West Charter and is excited more than ever to continue to expand the dance program.
We want to thank all of the students for showcasing their talents and performance abilities! The judges were highly impressed. Keep up the good work and don't stop choreographing!
Congratulations to all of the dancers whose piece will be in the 2017 New West Spring Concert....DRUM ROLL PLEASE........
Wednesday, May 31, 2017 at New West in Room 212
Middle and High School Dance Classes 2:30-3:30pm
Middle and High School Dance Team 4-6pm * Parent/Guardians must attend a mandatory informational meeting before the student can audition. Tuesday May 30th @ 5pm in room #212*
Please read all of the information below before attending the audition. If you have any further questions please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Spring Concert Info
Saturday May 13th
Students must bring journals every wednesday for note taking about choreographers, dance videos, learning the history of dance genres etc. Every 2 weeks, there are journal topics that students must complete at home. They are checked and stamped. If you are absent on a Wednesday that journals are stamped and a new topic was given, it is the students responsibility to get their stamp on the first day they return and to check the teacher page for the new topic.
April 27th (Periods 1-5)
Click on the link for the criteria for the performance paper.
Performance Paper Criteria
Performance Paper Criteria
Students have 2 options
Option 1: New West PE/Dance Apparel
Students are allowed to wear ANY New West PE/Dance apparel to class This includes mesh shorts, sweats (not recommended), girls pe shirt, unisex pe shirt, yoga pants, dance shirt and tank top, capri pants, and capri sweats.
Option 2: Personal Clothing
Students are allowed to wear solid black. grey, white, or dark blue clothing. This includes: shorts, leggings, dance pants, tights, leotards, tank tops etc...
Together we can make this a beautiful dance studio! Thanks for all of your assistance and support!
Do your best, never give up, and PRACTICE PRACTICE PRACTICE!!!