Faculty:   Rachel Murray & Natalie Uehara

The McCallum High School Fine Arts Academy Dance Program offers a rigorous dance curriculum in a public high school setting to prepare students for both professional and academic excellence. The core dance curriculum has its foundation in the study of ballet, modern/contemporary, and jazz dance techniques, composition/choreography, performance, aesthetics, anatomy/somatics, cultural/historical studies and analysis. The program develops expertise in these areas that can be applied to the various creative and intellectual interests of the student. To this end, the program is committed to providing the study of global dance forms such as African dance, Latin dance, Hip Hop etc., in order to develop student leadership and learning in a 21st century context. The Dance Majors’ curriculum meets the requirements for the National Honor Society for Dance Arts.

Learning outcomes include artistic/aesthetic development, technical acuity, dance/movement theory: inquiry and application, creative process and dance design, performance intention and virtuosity, critical reasoning and analysis, and inter and intra-personal skill development. The Dance Department produces two main-stage productions each year with numerous other performance opportunities including student-run productions. Upon acceptance into the Fine Arts Academy, dance majors become part of the McCallum Youth Dance Company and are required to perform in both main-stage dance productions for all four years in order to maintain their status as dance majors in The Academy.

Principles of Dance I, II, III, and IV students have the opportunity to increase their dance knowledge by enrolling in dance classes through the comprehensive high school procedures. There is an annual informal dance concert for these students to provide the opportunity to perform. As well, students are invited to audition for specific projects and productions. Non-majors can decide to audition for the dance program provided they qualify based on the Academy requirements.


Modern & Contemporary Dance




Language of Dance ®

Argentine Tango

Gaga Movement Language

Lectures/Workshops: portfolios, auditions, health & nutrition, somatics


Olivia Chacon of Flamencura Dance Company

Alyson Dolan of Kathy Dunn Hamrick Dance Company

Amy Morrow of AMARTS

Tina Curran, Professor of Dance at UT Austin

Kelsey Oliver of KOgraphy

Rachel Meador, local dance journalist and dance professional

Brooke Schlecte, Baylor University, Out on a Limb Dance Company

Ashlee Langas, Season 3 So You Think You Can Dance

Jean Claude-Lessou, West African Dancing

Stephanie Keeton, Dancer and Teacher at Esquina Tango


I Our Mission is to inspire dance artists to achieve academic and creative success. Dancers will graduate from McCallum Dance prepared to enter top university dance programs and pursue a career in dance. We recognize that not all dancers want to become professional artists but we believe that the skills of the artist are transferrable into all areas of academic study and professional pursuits.    

II We build an artistic community through diversity and respect for dance as culture. Most of our dance majors come into the department with a movement style preference, we encourage them to branch away from their norm to study and understand dances different from their own. Our dance majors graduate with a broad range of social and emotional experiences and movement capabilities that expand their ideas about art, dance, culture and community.  

III Enforcing a “learning how to learn” curriculum allows our dance majors to recognize design concepts and patterns of movements in order to create things and solve problems in unique ways.  

IV We believe that dance becomes even more important in a technological society. Our curriculum incorporates technological advances in art and commerce and education.



Aerobic Dance A/B & Principles of Dance I

Principles of Dance II, III, and IV*


World Dance

*Any general dance class above Aerobic Dance A/B and Dance I requires teacher approval.

<Dance Majors, The McCallum Youth Dance Company>

The Emerging Dance Troupe

The Intermediate Ensemble

The Pre-Professional Dance Group



Modern Dance

Jazz Dance: classic jazz, contemporary jazz, Latin jazz, Afro-jazz, tap

Hip-Hop Dance

Contemporary Topics in ballet, modern, jazz and hip-hop dance

Social Dance: vernacular and partner dances

World Dance Forms


Laban Movement Analysis and Theory

Language of Dance ®

Dance History

Applied Anatomy and Kinesiology

Program Facebook

Dance Guild Support