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High School Dance Department 


I was born and raised in Long Beach, California, and have dedicated my life to helping students improve their physical fitness through dance and physical education. I received my M.A. in Physical Education from Arizona State University in 2011; and my B.A. in Dance from California State University, Los Angeles in 2006.

I have over 10 years of teaching experience; as well as professional industry experience choreographing concert tours for artists like Destiny's Child, Usher, 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 over 10 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.

 I look forward to an exciting 2017-2018 school year!


Dance Announcements

Dance Department Audition Results........ 
Dancers, thank you for taking the time to audition for the New West Dance Department. The judges and I saw a lot of great talent and is proud of the progress that many of you showed on audition day. Please know that if you did not get into a specific class that you want, you may work over the summer and re-audition in August. Please email me if you are interested in taking summer dance classes.
Thanks Again and Keep Dancing!!!

Technique Classes:

Dance 2

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 #102 #103 #222

Dance 3

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Dance Team

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 Make-up Auditions

August 2017 (TBA) 
Please feel free to email me with any questions regarding make-up auditions.




Proper Dress Code for all Dance Classes
The dress code has been changed for all dance classes!!!!
Dance IA, IB, II, and III
- No Polos
- Solid black shirts, tank tops, leotard, v-necks etc.  Solid black only!!!!
- New West Dance attire 
- If you do not follow these guidelines, your 2 dress points will be deducted from your daily points.
- No socks! No exceptions!



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. 5 points per day will be given for participation 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)


    • Please wear proper attire to class. Please wear all black attire. Leotards and tights, leggings or dance pants are recommended for best results.
    • Shoes- dancers will need to purchase nude foot thongs and black Jazz for concert performances. 
    • 3 Ring binder folder with dividers for Journals/reflections, class work, tests and notes (It is extremely important to keep up with all completed class work).

Class Rules

  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.

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. Ballet Barres



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