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Dance Overview

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The Carlmont Dance Program is an exciting educational component of CHS comprised of beginning classes, one intermediate and one advanced production classes. Over 200 students are served each year through the standards based curriculum which meets the wide spectrum of experience in our dance community.

Beginning Dance explores various genres of dance including but not limited to ballet, modern, jazz, hip hop, tap, african, bhangra, latin, and polynesian dance. In each unit students learn basic technique, steps, and choreography that is performed in class. In addition, students learn the general history of dance and basics of dance composition which prepares them to choreograph an original dance piece at the end of the year. After completing the course, students gain a greater understanding of dance as an art form and as a worthwhile physical actity.

Intermediate and Advanced Dance studies deepen the technical dance skills of students, offers a variety of school wide and community performance opportunities, further explores the dynamics of dance composition, and provides students experience with the tecnical elements of dance. Students typically stay in the program through senior year because of their love of dance and the close relationships developed throughout the school year.
All students current and new that are interested will need to tryout for Intermediate & Advanced Dance.

Advanced and Intermediate Dance Auditions for 2020-21 school year

Carlmont High School
Where: Carlmont Dance Studio
When: Thursday, March 12, 2020 (one day only)
Time: 3:45pm- 6:00pm
For eighth grade, transfer students and students currently not enrolled in the dance program
  • A short technical contemporary/ballet dance will be taught for the audition
  • Jazz dance or ballet shoes are encouraged but not mandatory
  • Auditions first come first served. You may leave when you complete your audition. Make sure to include your email on the audition sheet you will receive that Thursday. You will be notified by email of your acceptance into the program.
  • If not placed in either class, you should sign up for beginning dance and audition again the following year. Placements will not be announced until after the spring dance show on April 17 and 18. We hope you can attend to observe the competitive level of technique present at Carlmont High school.
  • A list will also be forwarded to the counselors to officially enroll students who are accepted.
  • 8th graders will be considered for intermediate dance with few exceptions.
  • Further information available by emailing If a student cannot make the day of auditions, other arrangements must be made with the teacher, but it is not a guarantee of their acceptance.