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About Eastview Dance

The Eastview Dance Department is dedicated to supporting performing arts in our school and greater community. All dance forms, styles and ability levels are greatly valued regardless of each dancer’s experience. Many Eastview students are new to dance when they join the EVHS Dance Department. The program provides performance opportunities for all participants at various levels. The Dance Department is comprised of a variety of Eastview scholars who are involved in both athletics and other performing arts opportunities. In addition, both male and female students are well represented. Some of the department highlights are the quarterly dance shows which are hosted in our Performing Arts Center. These performances, which include professional lights and sound, are an opportunity for our students to showcase their work in a true performance setting. The curriculum covers a variety of dance genres, vocabulary, skills, technique, history, culture and student-lead choreography. Performers will discover their own artistry, confidence and creativity through the abundant dance opportunities offered at Eastview.

Dance Tech Course Info

Dance Tech is offered in grades 10, 11, 12

Dance Technique 1A, 1B, 1C, 1D

This year-long course is designed as an introduction to basic dance technique, composition, dance history, and philosophy. Through dance, students will learn the fundamentals of kinesthetic awareness, spatial awareness, proper body alignment, locomotor and non-locomotor movements, physical and technical exercises, patterns, and combinations will help students develop their strength, flexibility, coordination, balance, memory, and performance skills. Students will learn the history and philosophy of various forms of dance through lectures, discussions, readings, videos, and written work. At the end of each quarter students will be required to perform in a dance show as their final project in each dance course.

 Dance Technique 2A, 2B, 2C, 2D

This year-long sequence of intermediate courses is designed to follow Dance Tech 1A, 1B, 1C, and 1D. Students are expected to have a working knowledge of fundamental concepts and skills involved in basic dance movements. Technique and composition, history and philosophy continue at an intermediate level in this course. At the end of each quarter students will be required to perform in a dance show as their final project in each dance course. **Please contact the instructor for approval prior to registration.

Dance Technique 3A, B, C, D (Grade 12 only)

The Dance Technique 3 sequence of courses is offered to advanced students who have mastered intermediate levels of technique. This course gives students the opportunity to continue to study dance technique, composition, improvisation, history, philosophy and criticism. Students will learn and perform patterns of increasing length and difficulty to enhance their overall technique. Students will create solo and/or group compositions based on more complex movement concepts. Students will continue to perform in a concert setting.   **Please contact the instructor for approval prior to registration.

Dance Tech Calendar

Audition Dance Lists

Dance Staff


Jessica Padget

Jessica Padget is the Director of the Eastview High School Dance Department and assistant coach for the Lightning Dance Team.  She also works with BRAVO!, Gymnastics and Cheer at EVHS.  She is also a 20 year veteran instructor and choreographer for Just for Kix Dance Camps.

Jessica came to Eastview in the fall of 2006 from teaching at Taft High School in Los Angeles, California.  Originally from Minnesota, she earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in dance from the University of Minnesota and a Master’s degree in education from National University in Los Angeles.  Jessica was a member of the University of Minnesota Dance Team, president of the University Student Dance Coalition and a cheerleader/dancer for the Minnesota Timberwolves and the Minnesota Swarm.  She had the pleasure to work with a variety of groups including pop artists, bowl games, musical theater, half-time sporting events, commercials, videos, dance studios, professional cheerleaders and dance teams.  Jessica has been able to teach and speak at various dance conventions and dance camps across the country.

Jessica looks forward to teaching every day and really enjoys being a part of the Eastview Family!

Lightning Dance Team

Lightning Dance Team Website

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