The Dance program at SFHS is a full program of classes and opportunities to perform. We offer dance technique in jazz, tap, contemporary/modern and ballet in Levels I, II and III. In addition, we have a Choreography class open to any student who has passed Dance I or has the equivalent experience. Dance classes are co-ed and one year of dance class fulfills the school and state PE requirement for graduation.
Amy Compton is inspired by transformational learning and making art for positive social change. As a facilitator she tries to empower herself, her students, and her audiences through the work of artistic expression and exploration. She relocated to Santa Fe, New Mexico from Cleveland, Ohio where she spent two decades as a performer/choreographer/educator. Amy has taught and created with inner city youth, Jewish senior citizens, NCAA dance teams, children of Mexican migrant workers, survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault, public school children, Parkinson's patients, rock bands, film and opera productions, dance and theater companies, as well as her students at Cleveland State University, Lake Erie College, and Lakeland Community College. She's been a performer with The Cleveland Orchestra, The Cleveland Opera, The Dance/Theatre Collective, Antaeus Dance, Verlezza Dance, Marquez Dance, The Repertory Project, Cleveland Public Theatre and The Ohio City Theater Project. Her choreography has been seen at The Cleveland Play House in "Bell Book and Candle" and "Yentl"; at Playhouse Square's Allen Theater in “Cabaret” and her contemporary flamenco solo "La Llorona"; as well as at Cleveland Public Theatre for "Neverland", "And One Night", "The Gay Marriage Plays" and her own multimedia one woman show “The Dreamer”. Amy holds a B.F.A. in Dance Performance and Modern Foreign Languages as well as an M.Ed. in Adult Learning and Development. Currently she creates curriculum and teaches dance for ArtWorks, Santa Fe High School and The National Dance Institute of New Mexico.
Ms. Scheer has been at SFHS since 2010 and has been on university faculties in both New York and California teaching theatre dance and musical theatre courses in performance and history. In addition, she has been sought out for master classes at universities nationwide as well as teaching Fosse repertory classes at the American College Dance Festival.
She has former students in off-Broadway, regional and touring productions and has had her former high school students admitted to the most selective musical theatre and dance programs in the country.
Her own choreography and direction has been seen in regional theatres and her major roles have included Velma (Chicago), Anita (West Side Story), Katherine (Taming of the Shrew), and many others.
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Dance I is the introductory movement at SFHS. This class emphasizes movement training using the National Core Arts Standards. We study Jazz , Contemporary/Modern, Ballet, and Tap. Students are expected to improve movement technique and their ability to think creatively in the Dance language. Jazz and Ballet classes use shoes that the students purchase at the beginning of the year (despite when those units may be covered). Tap shoes are provided by SFHS Dance for the unit. Contemporary is done barefoot. Public performance is not required of Dance I students.
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Dance II is the second of four levels at SFHS. This class emphasizes movement training using the National Core Arts Standards in Dance. We study Jazz , Contemporary/Modern, Ballet, and Tap. Students are expected to improve movement technique and their ability to think creatively in the Dance language. Jazz and Ballet classes use shoes that the students purchase at the beginning of the year (despite when those units may be covered). Tap shoes are provided by SFHS Dance for the unit. Contemporary is done barefoot. Public performance is not required of Dance II students.
**Some students with prior dance experience can enroll in the Dance II level without having taken Dance I. Please see Ms. Scheer for more information.
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Dance III is the advanced movement class. This class places emphasis on technique and choreography. We have three major objectives in Dance III: (1) Students will develop the more sophisticated skills and technical requirements of this level; (2) Students will contribute to the artistic community through public performance(s); and (3) Students will demonstrate an understanding of the creative process. These are taken from the National Core Arts Standards. We will approach these goals by studying Jazz, Arts Administration/Production, Composition and Contemporary. Students further develop creative thinking skills in the Dance language.
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Dance Repertory is the catalog name for the Beginning Composition (Choreography) class. This class places full emphasis on choreography and not movement technique skill building. In this class, the objectives are: (1) Students will develop choreographic skills through improvisation; (2) Students will learn about the creative process from idea through execution and development to “final” product; and (3) Students will contribute to the artistic community through performance. These are taken from the National Core Arts Standards in Dance. We will approach these goals by studying Composition skills in their most basic forms and then developing them into fuller works.
SFHS Sponsors a Dance Club for students interested in all kinds of dance. Students do not have to be enrolled in a dance technique class to join the club. The club meets monthly at lunch to organize activities such as: the full Dance Concert performance in January; a Thriller FlashMob at Halloween;
a Teach-Your-Parent-to-Dance night and others.
National Honor Society
for Dance Arts Membership
SFHS is the only school in the state of New Mexico to be recognized with a chapter of the NHSDA. Students are inducted annually and are recognized with a cord and/or pin for their graduation gown. Points are accrued through participation in both on and off campus dance activities.
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Can You See It?
SFHS 6th Annual Dance Concert
This year's show includes dances developed from the concept of Perceptions and Realities. Pieces are choreographed by students as well as professional guest choreographers. The show is in the SFHS Theatre November 22 and 23 at 7:30pm and November 23 at 5pm.
All seating is General Admission, there are no reserved seats. The theatre opens one half hour before the show.
$10 Adult Ticket $9 Student Ticket
ALL PAID TICKETS ARE HELD AT THE BOX OFFICE UNTIL SHOW START TIME.
If you purchase for 7:30pm, the 1st line of your receipt may say "5pm". Click on MORE, and you'll see"7:30". This is a coding issue. Your ticket IS for 7:30.
Online ticket sales end 4 hours prior to the performance. All remaining tickets can be purchased in person at the Box Office beginning one hour before the show.