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The Dance Program at Santa Susana High School offers multi-level training in ballet, pointe, jazz, tap, and modern, as well as two capstone courses, Dance Collective and Modern/Composition (ROP Choreography). Through rigorous training, ongoing student choreography projects, guest and faculty choreography, artists in residence, and workshops, we are able to offer a thorough preparation for those students wishing to further their education in dance.  

The Dance Program offers a Certification in Dance, which is uniquely designed with the intent of creating well-rounded and versatile dancers who are prepared to meet the challenges and expectations of today’s higher education as well as the performing arts industry. Dancers certificate by completing a specific course of study, consisting of either a Major Emphasis or a Minor Focus in Dance.  

Our students have studied with the Kirov Academy, Boston Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, Wylliams Henry Contemporary Dance Company, and many others, and have gone on to pursue their dance and musical theatre educations at prestigious universities and conservatories, as well as with professional agencies, dance companies, and Broadway. 

Auditions will take place LIVE March 9th, 2024. 

Prior to auditioning, please fill out this Google Form and join the Auditions Remind (text @sshsau to 81010) 

​If you are auditioning for more than one discipline, please check the boxes for all the departments you are auditioning for.

 

!!!Attention Dancers!!!

Level 1 dance courses do not require an audition or attendance on March 9th to participate. If you have questions about the program, Level 1 Orientation will be on March 9th, 9:00 am-10:00 am.

 

LEVEL 2+ AUDITIONS (Ballet 2, Pointe, Tap 2, Jazz 2, Jazz 3, and

Dance Collective)

March 9th, 10:00am-12:00am

All students report to the appropriate block.

Dance courses may be taken for P.E. credit, Performing Arts credit, or Elective credit.

Please see below for more information and specific instructions on the Dance auditions.

 

​For more information please visit the dance website www.sshsdancedepartment.weebly.com

Dance Certification Information

 

For questions regarding the dance program contact:

ANGELINA BURLEIGH - angelina.burleigh@simivalleyusd.org

  • Ballet I

  • Ballet II

  • Pointe

 

TREVOR LYNSKEY - Trevor.Lynskey@simivalleyusd.org

  • ​Jazz I

  • Jazz II​

  • Jazz III

  • Tap 

  • Dance Collective​


THE  PROCESS

​EXPERIENCE: Students with prior dance experience may audition into the following courses:

JAZZ II/III

TAP II

BALLET II

POINTE

DANCE COLLECTIVE

 

​PLACEMENT:

For the most accurate placement, please attend the in-person auditions on the date listed above

Be prepared to demonstrate the following skill sets for each of the courses you wished to be approved. 

Jazz 2 and 3 - Please be prepare to demonstrate the following skill sets.

  • Pirouette (single) Right and left

  • Splits - Right, left, middle

  • Chaine turn - right and left

  • Pique turn - right and left

  • Leaps - right and left (others if you wish)

  • Battement - front/first (right and left) second/side (right and left)

  • Extensions - if you have them

 

Tap 2 - Please be prepare to demonstrate the following skill sets.

  • Flaps (Front/Side/Back)

  • Shuffle (Front/Side/Back)

  • Broadway step/ shirley temple

  • Pull backs (standard/syncopated)

  • Draw backs (any variation)

Time steps (single/double)

Dance Collective - Please be prepare to demonstrate the following skill sets.

  • Pirouette - Right and left (double and triple)

  • A la Seconde Turns/ Fouette Turns - Either Side (If you have them)

  • Splits - Right, left, middle

  • Chaine turn - right and left

  • Pique turn - right and left (Combo - 3x single + 1 Double)

  • Leaps - Right, left , center (others if you wish)

  • Battement - front/first (right and left) second/side (right and left)

  • Extensions - if you have them

You may prepare a :30 second to 1:00 solo showcasing your movement and performance quality. 

 

Note: In addition to the steps above, you may prepare a :30 - 1:00 solo showcasing your movement and performance quality. We encourage you to submit videos of performance pieces or a recording of yourself demonstrating your highest level of technique including turns, extensions, jumps, and any other skills that would make you a valuable asset to our competition and performance group. Please make sure you are clearly identifiable in the performance piece.

Please submit a performance videos to trevor.lynskey@simivalleyusd.org.


Ballet 2 - Please prepare a short combination (:30-:45) demonstrating the following skill sets.

  • Croise developpe front

  • Efface developpe 1st arabesque

  • En face tendus a la seconde (all from 5th to show best turnout)

  • En dehors pirouettes

  • Best use of port de bras and epaulement

  • Pique turns (best side)

 

Pointe - If you have experience on pointe, please prepare a short combination (:30-:45) demonstrating the following skill sets.

  • Eschappes

  • Passe releve

  • Pas de bourree

  • Detourne

  • Pique turns

  • Soutenu

 

If you are not on pointe, please prepare a short combination (:30-:45) demonstrating the following skill sets.

  • Croise developpe front

  • Efface developpe 1st arabesque

  • En face tendus a la seconde (all from 5th to show best turnout)

  • En dehors pirouettes

  • Best use of port de bras and epaulement

  • Pique turns (best side)

  • Glissades (landing in 5th)

  • Petit jetes

  • Assembles (closing front and back)

  • Piques and soutenus from the corner

Please submit a performance videos to Angelina.Burleigh@simivalleyusd.org 


EVALUATION  CRITERIA

Students will be evaluated in the following areas:

  • Body alignment

  • Dance technique

  • Skill/potential​

  • Musicality

  • Recall of technical skill sets

  • Stage presence/performance energy

  • Ability to receive feedback/constructive criticism

 
   

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