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) Arielle began her dance training at the age of 6 at a local studio. Throughout her dance career, she has studied in the styles of jazz, lyrical, tap, ballet, and hip hop. Arielle earned her BA in Dance at California State University, Long Beach where she studied jazz, ballet, and modern under various professional dancers and choreographers. 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. In 2010 Arielle was selected to perform with the Black Eyed Peas at the Kids Choice Awards. After graduating, Arielle was a member of the Pace Elite International Competition Team, with whom she is a two time Dance World Champion. Before teaching at SM, Arielle taught and choreographed for numerous dance studios and high schools in Southern California. She has also judged for multiple dance competitions both nationally and internationally. Arielle looks forward to sharing her passion and love for dance with her students daily. It is important to her to not only teach her students the art form, but to help them grow into hard working, independent, and creative adults.
Danielle Calta Darwazeh – Dance Teacher & Song Head Coach
Danielle has over 25 years of experience coaching, teaching and choreographing dance. She started dancing at the age of 3 and has been professionally trained in various styles including ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop, pom/song, theater, character, modern, pointe & lyrical. At the age of 13 she was chosen as a member of the Tremaine Dance Company and trained with world renowned choreographers in the dance/entertainment industry. She had the opportunity to dance for various live events, videos, TV, and films, such as Austin Powers, The International Man of Mystery, WB Dubba Commercial, Miss Christy’s Dancin’ Videos, & The Royal Danish Ballet. Danielle also has experience working behind the scenes in the dance/entertainment industry. Danielle worked for MSA Agency, one of the top dance/choreography talent agencies in Hollywood. Their clients’ work can be seen everywhere from film, TV, to the stage! Some of the projects she worked on included, So You Think You Can Dance, Dancing With the Stars, the High School Musical franchise, Michael Jackson's This Is It, just to name a few! Danielle is a graduate from UC Irvine and was the captain of their dance team for 3 years. She was a member of the United Spirit Association where she served as a Head Instructor and a member of their Program Development staff. She currently judges for various event companies when she is not with her teams competing. Danielle has coached, choreographed, and taught for numerous schools and dance teams throughout the United States including high school, college, semi-pro, and pro teams, including the LA Laker Girls, 49er Gold Rush Cheerleaders, San Diego Charger Girls, & OC Gladiators. During the past 20 years of teaching/coaching, her teams have won numerous national titles and awards including Innovative Choreography, Technical Excellence, Superior Showmanship, Best in Category, Grand Champions, & the Bronze Medal at USASF’s Dance Worlds. She loves sharing her passion for dance and her competitive spirit to motivate and push her dancers to be the best they can be. Danielle takes pride in her dancers and dedicates herself fully by investing in each of her dancers’ growth and development.
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.