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About Dance

Stevenson High School provides dance as a creative and rewarding art experience where artistic integrity and appreciation are developed. Dance is a physical and mental discipline. Students are provided opportunities to develop body strength, agility, coordination, creative problem solving skills, organizational skills, and the ability to work effectively in cooperative learning groups. They gain self-confidence, self-discipline, and satisfaction in movement. Dance students are given clear course targets and they are assessed on these targets regularly. All dance students are required to purchase and wear appropriate attire as designated by the dance teacher.

Dance Faculty

Melinda Criglar mcriglar@d125.org 847-415-4760
Angela Dauphin adauphin@d125.org 847-415-4761
Janet Rothwell jrothwell@d125.org 847-415-4756
Tiffany Van Cleaf tvancleaf@d125.org 847-415-4780

Melange

The Mélange Dance Company is composed of advanced technical dancers who are interested in exploring more about the art of choreography. Members of the dance company will choreograph, teach, and perform dances enhancing their well-rounded dance education. The Company consists of freshmen through senior dancers who perform in all Stevenson Dance productions. Students choose their music, movement, costumes, and lighting for production.

MEETS
Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 3:45-6:30 p.m. in the Dance Studio, Room 2010-2112.

COMMITMENT
Dancers perform in the Winter and Spring Dance Concerts as well as outside performances. Students also attend the Illinois High School Dance Festival and other exciting field trips.

REQUIREMENTS
Students must be enrolled in a SHS Dance class.

JOIN
Auditions are held in December and May. Students may contact the dance teachers for more information.

MEMBERSHIP
Unlimited

SPONSOR
Anna Pinta
apinta@d125.org

Repertory

Repertory Dance Company enriches a dancer’s artistic integrity, creativity, versatility, performance quality, and movement vocabulary in a vigorous and disciplined setting. Repertory dancers will choreograph, teach, and perform dances enhancing their well-rounded dance education. Company is open to freshman through senior dancers who perform in all Stevenson dance productions.

MEETS
Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays after school from approximately 3:45-6:30 p.m. in Dance Studio 2010-12.

COMMITMENT
Technical rehearsals, dance performances, and dance-related field trips. Dancers will perform in the Winter and Spring Dance Concerts as well as outside performances. Dancers will also attend field trips.

REQUIREMENTS
Students must be enrolled in a SHS Dance class.

JOIN
Company auditions are held in May and December in the Dance Studio, Room 2010.

MEMBERSHIP
Unlimited

SPONSORS
Melinda Criglar
mcriglar@d125.org

Angela Dauphin
adauphin@d125.org

Incoming Freshmen

FAQ for Incoming Freshman Dancers

All incoming freshmen can take a dance course. This course may be used in lieu of Physical Education and satisfies the PE credit. (Colleges recognize this as a Fine Arts credit as well.)

What style of Dance is taught at Stevenson High School?
Stevenson Dance is a contemporary-based program.

Which Dance classes are open to freshmen?
Classes open to freshmen include Dance 1, 2, 3 and 4.

How do I know in which level I should enroll?
All incoming freshmen interested in an upper-level dance course (Dance 2, 3 or 4) must attend a placement assessment. Based off the assessment, students will be given the appropriate level placement.

All other students may register for Dance 1 with no audition necessary. 

What if I have additional questions?
If you have additional questions please contact the Dance Office at 847-415-4761.