Dance Teacher: Kathleen Mastan
Phone: 310-378-8471 ext. 811
Choreo Dance is an advanced dance class at PVHS that requires students to be an intermediate/advanced dancer in multiple dance disciplines. Styles of dance that are covered in class are jazz, ballet, tap, contemporary, modern, hip hop, and world dance. Choreo performs at pep rallies, community events, sporting events, and at their annual Spring Concert. As a fine arts class, the California Content Standards for Advanced Dance are followed. Not only do the students focus on dance technique and performance, but study the elements of choreography and create their own choreographic works. In addition, students learn about biomechanics and kinesiology, physics of dance, injury prevention, dance history, and production. Choreo has the opportunity to work with guest choreographers and teachers that are currently working in the industry. Students must audition for Choreo and auditions are usually held in May.
Intermediate Dance is a dance class that requires an audition. Students work to improve their dance technique in the styles of jazz, ballet, tap, modern, contemporary, hip hop, and world dance. Students need to be proficient in beginning and intermediate dance technique prior to auditioning for the class. The Intermediate Dance class performs in the Spring Dance concert and has the opportunity to work with guest teachers and choreographers. Auditions for Intermediate dance are usually held in May concurrent with the Choreo dance auditions.
P.E. Dance is a beginning dance class. The class is set up to be a survey of dance. During the first semester, students learn jazz, hip hop, tap and ballet technique and history. Second semester, students learn contemporary dance, musical theatre dance, and modern dance. Additional units include conditioning for dance and choreography. There is no audition for this class and no experience is required.
PV Competition Dance Team
Kathy Magee Thorne
Kathy started dancing at an early age receiving numerous awards and titles in the competition circuit.
By age 15 she was awarded a scholarship at Broadway Dance Studio in NYC, assisting master teachers and starting to teach on her own. Her professional career consists of numerous Videos,TV shows, Commercials,Sporting events such as NBA All Star games, Extreme games, Stage productions ranging from dancer for Lee Ann Rimes to American Superstars in Vegas.
Kathy has been the coach for the award winning PV Dance Team for the last 4 years. Dance team is a P.E. and Fine Art credit class.
All students must audition for this class usually taking place in May. This team emphasises in Jazz, Lyrical and Hip Hop. Master teachers as well as Kathy set pieces on the team to compete four weekends a year locally and one in Palm Springs.
A Ballet background is important and two dance classes a week are mandatory.There is a Varsity (Int/Adv) and a JV ( Beg/Int) team.
Both perform at pep rally’s, school events, and our annual show in February. Students not only perform the latest styles of choreography but get a chance to choreograph their own pieces for the show. This includes editing music, lighting design and costumes (mandatory for Seniors). The Palos Verdes Dance Team has won 1st place at many competitions and special awards such as “Best Performance” ” Highest score Hip Hop and Jazz” “Best Costume” and ” Best Energy”.