A yearlong course designed to teach the advanced dance student how to be a better performer, and how to view dance (both live performances and via videos) from a critical perspective. Students must have a solid technical background and experience with Ballet, Modern and Jazz. Participation in the annual SMCHS Christmas Production and the SMCHS Dance Concert are also required. In addition to on-campus performances, these students represent SMCHS at competitive dance team competitions during the winter/early spring. The SMCHS Dance Team is a competitive performance group consisting of well trained, experienced performers who love to dance. An academic program within the Performing Arts Department, the dancers receive academic credit that is UC approved for their class work, as well as PE Credit for 8th period rehearsals.
Arielle Kalina (Director) began her dance training at the age of 6. She studied jazz, lyrical, tap, ballet, and hip hop at many studios in Southern California. Arielle continued her training, earning her BA in Dance at California State University, Long Beach where she studied jazz, ballet, and modern. Arielle performed, as well as choreographed, for various shows while studying at CSULB. She also performed and competed with the nationally ranked Long Beach State Dance Team for three years, as well as performing with the Black Eyed Peas at the 2010 Kids Choice Awards. Arielle was also a member of the Pace Elite International Competition Team, with whom she is a two time Dance World Champion. Arielle looks forward to pursuing her dance career while sharing her passion for dance with her students.
Lauren Mangiapane began dancing at the age of three under Maria Lazar at Classical Ballet Academy. She started dancing on pointe when she was nine and furthered her ballet training with Dmitri Kulev at Dmitri Kulev Classical Ballet Academy. With an emphasis in ballet, she has also trained in jazz, lyrical, contemporary, modern, character, and tap. She competed in all styles of dance and was accepted into many summer intensive programs. She attended the Alvin Ailey Summer Intensive program in New York City in 2015. In addition to dance, Lauren has her Yoga and Pilates certification. Currently, she teaches Pilates at a studio. Lauren furthered her education by obtaining a Bachelor’s Degree in Dance at California State University, Fullerton where she studied ballet and modern. She choreographed and taught throughout college. She recently has guest choreographed for schools including Irvine High School and Saddleback College. Lauren has received top overall awards and “Best Choreography” at national dance competitions. She has currently been teaching at a studio where she choreographs for competitions and recitals. Lauren is eager to share her passion and love for dance with her students.
Although there are no specific requirements, most dancers are expected to be at an intermediate/advanced technical level. Dancers will be asked to perform turns, leg extensions, and various leaps. The judges are also looking for their individual style and performance through the contemporary combination they will learn.
What is the time commitment as a team member?
Dance Team practices up to 3 times a week after school, depending on how many dances each member is in. The schedule rotates weekly, and every dancer is expected to keep those 3 days open.
Dance Team attends 7 competitions throughout the season. In March the team takes a 5 day trip to Florida for Nationals.
The team is expected to perform at 2 football games, 1 basketball game, all Open House's, 8th grade visitation, etc.
As a Dance Team member do you receive P.E. credit?
Yes. If you are a 4 year member of the team you will recieve Fine Art and P.E. credit.