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High School Dance Department 
2019-2020
Biography
I was born and raised in Long Beach, California, and have dedicated my life to helping students improve their their dance technique and performance qualities. I received my Master's Degree in Physical Education from Arizona State University in 2011; and my Bachelor's Degree in Dance and Theater from California State University, Long Beach in 2006. In addition, I am currently working to attain a  Master's Degree in Administration and a Leadership Credential. In the future, I look forward to becoming a principal.

I have over 20 years of dance experience. I spent several years working as a professional dancer in the entertainment industry. I enjoyed choreographing concert tours for artists like Destiny's Child, Usher, Brittney Spears, and Brandy. I also have extensive experience teaching children of all ages and am regularly a guest Master Instructor and Choreographer at High Schools in the Los Angeles County and the state of Arizona.

I have been teaching dance at the high school level for 11 years, my experience includes directing productions, choreographing dances for productions, choreography for dance team competitions, and teaching the fundamentals of Dance in a variety of styles (Jazz, Modern, Hip Hop, Ballet, Contemporary, African). This year, I will be adding cultural dances into the curriculum and I will provide students with more outside performance opportunities.

 I look forward to an exciting 2019-2020 school year!



Dance Announcements

This Summer two of our Seniors competed at "SHOWSTOPPERS NATIONAL COMPETITION"  and we placed 2nd Overall for the West Coast region. I am so proud! Congratulations Cady Latt, and Marco Mejia. This fall Cady Latt will be attending Berkley University, and Marco Mejia will attend UCLA.




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DANCE CLASS DESCRIPTIONS……...

 

Beginning Dance (Dance 1)

Students in this class will learn the fundamental techniques and vocabulary in many styles of dance. These styles include: ballet, modern, jazz, lyrical, african, and hip hop. The students will also explore basic choreography concepts and performance techniques.

 

Intermediate Dance (Dance 2)

Students in this class will learn the fundamental techniques and vocabulary in many styles of dance. Intermediate dancers will have the opportunity to learn and apply beginning to intermediate level dance techniques in the following genres: jazz, hip hop, modern, contemporary, ballet, and African. At this level students will receive opportunities to perform during our Fall and Spring performance Concert. 

 

Dance Team (Advance Dance)

This course will explore various styles of dance and body movement. The curriculum will include, but is not limited to the following: history of dance, dance technique, dance production, and choreography. The  students will reach these goals by learning various genres of dance including: modern, jazz, ballet, hip hop, contemporary, and participating in various dance performances. 

Dance Content- will include attendance and a written critique of live performances, application of dance vocabulary, in-class performances, and written evaluations of dance history and culture. All students will also explore topics pertinent to dance such as body image, anatomy, and kinesiology, injury prevention, careers, and more!


Grading Policy

Full participation is required on a daily basis. 15 points per day will be given for participation, behavior, and dressing out. STUDENTS DO NOT RECEIVE PARTICIPATION POINTS IF THEY ARE NOT PROPERLY DRESSED FOR CLASS! Your grade will be based on the following:

40%- Participation and Effort

25%- Skill (Movement Exams, choreography projects, etc)

15%- Concert (Attendance at rehearsals and concerts)

15%- Written (Weekly Journals, Notes and Class Work)

10%- Tests and Quizzes (several written test will be given on vocabulary, anatomy, and history)

10%- Concert Critique ( one written paper per semester is required)



Materials/Attire

    • DRESS ATTIRE POLICY (Updated Information)

      Students have 2 options

      Option 1: New West Dance Apparel

      Students are allowed to wear ANY New West Dance apparel to class.  This includes yoga pants, leggings, dance shirt and tank top, and capri pants. All male dancers may wear basketball shorts and a P.E shirt.

      Option 2: Personal Clothing

      Students are allowed to wear any colored leotard or tank top and black leggings or shorts. 

      • HAIR: Bun or pony tail only. Short hair can be pulled back with a headband or pinned.
      • Students must change back into their New West uniform after class (Monday-Friday)
      •  Absolutely no jeans or jeggings of any kind
      •  Bring a  composition book daily for Journals/reflections, class work, tests and notes (It is extremely important to keep up with all completed class work).

  1. Attendance, promptness, and active participation on a daily basis. Each day you should work to your limits and consider every exercise a performance.
  2. No street shoes, food, gum, or drink allowed in the dance studio. 
  3. Be respectful of all instructors, dancers, and guests.
  4. All school, and class policies will be enforced.
  5. Be open to any styles of dance presented and be able to work with any student in class.
  6. Come dressed out and prepared to work every day.
  7. NEVER USE THE WORD CAN'T!
       

Wish List/Supply List

  1. ITunes Gift Card for downloading music
  2. One class set (20) of stretch bands
  3. Storage Cabinet for Dance Costumes
  4. Dumbbells (5, 8, 10,12 pounds)

Expectations

HAVE FUN AND TRY YOUR BEST! REMEMBER PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT! 


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