Dance Strand

The McCallum High School Fine Arts Academy Dance Program offers a rigorous dance curriculum in a public high school setting to prepare students for both professional and academic excellence. The core dance curriculum has its foundation in the study of Ballet, Modern/Contemporary, and Jazz dance techniques, composition/choreography, performance, aesthetics, anatomy/somatics, cultural/historical studies and analysis.  The program develops expertise in these areas that can be applied to the various creative and intellectual interests of the student.  To this end, the program is committed to providing the study of global dance forms such as African dance, Latin dance, Hip Hop etc., in order to develop student leadership and learning in a 21st century context.  The Dance Majors curriculum meets the state dance honors requirements for the National Honor Society for Dance. 

Learning outcomes:  Artistic/Aesthetic development, Technical Acuity, Dance/Movement Theory: Inquiry and Application, Creative Process and Dance Design, Performance Intention and Virtuosity, Critical Reasoning and Analysis, Inter and Intra-Personal Skill Development.

The Dance Department produces two main-stage productions each year with numerous other performance opportunities including student-run productions.  Dance Majors are required to perform in both main-stage dance productions for all four years in order to maintain their status as dance majors in The Academy. 
Dance 1, 2 and 3 students have the opportunity to increase their dance knowledge through enrolling in dance classes through the comprehensive high school procedures.  There is an annual informal dance concert in May for Dance 1, 2, and 3 students, to provide the opportunity to perform.  As well, students are invited to audition for specific projects and productions.  Non-majors can decide to audition for the dance program provided they qualify based on the Academy requirements.  

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Previous and Current Offerings for Dance Students

Master Classes: fall benefit show

    • May 2012 Les Miserable dance master-class at McCallum
    • Salsa
    • Flamenco
    • Laban Movement Analysis and Improvisation
    • Argentine Tango 
    • Housing
    • Lectures/Workshops: Portfolios, auditions, Health & Nutrition, Somatics

Students' work with guest choreographers:

    • Blue Lapis Light Aerial Dance Company 
    • Grace Holmes, Director of Tapestry, formerly w/San Francisco Ballet 
    • David Justin, Professior UT Austin
    • Brooke Schlecte, Baylor University, Out on a Limb Dance Company 
    • Ashlee Langas, Season 3 So You Think You Can Dance 
    • Jean Claude-Lessou, West African Dancing 
    • Stephanie Keeton, Dancer with Aztlan Dance Company

photo courtesy of Alan Van Dyke