CCA’s Envision Dance Program began with the opening of Canyon Crest, in August of 2005. The program started off strong, with plenty of high school freshmen enrolled in classes. While CCA was still existing in our small trailers, our beautiful dance studio in the gym was being crafted. We are into our 8th year as a public high school, and the dance program continues to grow larger each year. CCA offers Levels 1-III of dance. Each of these classes have ballet, modern, and jazz/hip-hop within the curriculum. Brief course descriptions are listed below. With the help of our amazing foundation as well as fundraising efforts and show productions, we continue to bring in a wide array of talented professional dancers to train CCA Dancers.
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Level I Dance (Intro to Dance)
This course is designed for all dance levels, and especially helpful for beginners, those who have
not danced for a while, or those who need to brush up on basic to intermediate skills. Students gain
an overview of the world of dance which includes the fundamentals and terminology of ballet, jazz,
modern, hip hop as well as a solid foundation of understanding in body alignment, placement and
articulation. The importance of maintaining good health and physical well-being as it pertains to the
art of dance will be discussed. Students will view and critique taped performances from each genre
to better delineate the characteristics of each. Focus of movement is on quality and accuracy of
movement, rather than difficulty or speed.
Level II Dance (Intermediate Dance)
This course is designed for dance levels beyond Dance, and especially helpful for those beyond the
beginning level who are ready for the challenges of an intermediate course. Students continue their
exploration to improve upong skills from a wide range of dance tenchinques including
more challenge class work in regards to the fundamental technique of ballet, jazz,
modern, and hip hop. Dancers are also challenged to continue building a solid foundation of
understanding in body alignment, placement and articulation. The importance of maintaining good
health and physical well being as it pertains to the art of dance is discussed. Students will view and
critique taped performances from each genre to better delineate the characteristics of each. Focus
of movement is on quality and accuracy of movement and the element of sequencing becomes
more important with the ultimate goal of preparing students for a more Advanced Dance course.
Level III Dance (Advanced Dance)
This course is designed to continue an in depth, intensive study of ballet, modern and jazz dance.
Dancers at this level have a solid understanding of the three dance genres, both cognitively and
physically. The focus at this level is on execution at a high level of accuracy and further exploration
of choreography, movement invention, and continued artistic integrity. Mastery of performance and
technical elements is expected. Dancers continue to explore the history of dance as well as current
trends. The class is by audition and/or instructor approval only.
Through this course, students explore, understand, create, evaluate, and criticize dance as an art form. In historical and cultural contexts, students develop skills that include kinesthetic awareness, theories of choreography, dance technique, and multisensory integration. Using the dance elements of time, space, and energy, they create and communicate meaning through dance improvisation, composition, and performance. Students analyze, compare and contrast their work, evaluate their work, and critique their development as an artist. There will be master classes in improvisation, somatics, modern, ballet, jazz, hip hop, as well as rehearsal for Senior Thesis projects. Students may also be presented the opportunity to teach in an outreach setting. This class is by audition only.
CCA’s Dance Conservatory was born in 2005, which is the year that CCA opened as a public school. Under the direction of Tracy Yates, the dance program started with 4 conservatory members in its first year. We now have grown to 20+ dancers, and the caliber continues to get higher each year. Conservatory has gained a strong reputation within the school community as well as the dance community of San Diego. Rayna wants to continue to reach outside of school grounds to share the artistry and talent that this young group of dancers has to offer. We thrive in modern dance, with a strong curriculum of ballet, jazz and gymnastics. CCA crafts dancers into strong technicians alongside budding artists. We focus on the individuals within the group dynamic, and we also strive to create a familial sense within our conservatory.
Dancers who are selected through the audition process not only possess talent and strong technique, but also drive, discipline, passion and determination.