1. Mateo Motion XII

    Mateo Motion XII showcases our dance students in beginning, intermediate, and advance dance classes. The performances include choreography by Robyn Tribuzi, our award winning Dance Director, as well as dances created by our talented students.

    Friday, May 1, 2015 • Saturday, May 2, 2015 @ 7:30 PM
    San Mateo Performing Arts Center
    600 N Delaware Street, San Mateo, CA 94401

  2. Beginning Dance

    In this yearlong course, students learn beginning dance techniques in the areas of Jazz, Tap, and Ballet. This class is recommended for students with little or no formal dance training and who are interested in studying dance as an art form.

    In the Jazz/Ballet portion of the class, students learn:

    Dance Terminology (plié, relevé, tendu, battement, retiré, coupé)

    Basic Dance Steps (chassé, pivot, pas de bourrée, kick ball-change, lindy, jazz square, back-side-front)

    Basic Dance Technique (spotting, setting a turn, single pirouettes, chainé turns

    Stage Terminology (upstage, downstage, stage right and left, procenium)

    In the Tap portion of class, students learn:

    Beginning Tap Moves (shuffle, flap, stamp, stomp, brush step)

    Basic Tap Steps (carry over, carry back, waltz clog, rhythm roll, single time steps

    All students enrolled in Beginning Dance perform in the Spring Dance Concert, "Mateo Motion". This class fulfills the Fine Arts graduation requirement and satisfies the Visual and Performing Arts requirement for the University of California and California State University systems.

  3. Intermediate Dance

    In this yearlong course, students continue to develop the dance skill and techniques they have learned in the Beginning Dance class. Students are exposed to a variety of dance styles including Traditional Jazz, Latin Jazz, Theatre Dance, Lyrical/Contemporary Jazz, Hip Hop, and Tap. Students have the opportunity to experience further skill development and creativity as they create their own choreographic piece to possibly be performed in the Spring Dance Concert, "Mateo Motion".

    This class emphasizes more advanced dance techniques. Students learn:

    Dance Terms (développé, attitude, dégagé, rond de jambe, jeté)

    Basic Choreographic Concepts (energy, force, suspend, sustain)

    Dance History (famous dancers and choreographers)

    In Tap, the students will continue to refine their basic skills and also learn:

    Intermediate Tap Terms (Flap Change, Riff, Slam)

    Intermediate Tap Steps (double buffalo, traveling cramp roll, stomp time steps, scissors, tap chassé, breakout, triple back, paddle)

  4. Advanced Dance

    In this yearlong course, students study advanced choreographic techniques in Traditional Jazz, Latin Jazz, Contemporary Lyrical, Tap, Hip Hop and Musical Theatre. Students are required to learn a wide variety of choreographic styles and are also asked to incorporate these styles into the creation of their own performance piece for the Spring Dance Concert. In the Advanced class, dance performance is emphasized. Students perform at various school and community events throughout the school year.

    In the Advanced Class, students continue to improve their dance technique and also learn:

    Advanced Jazz/Ballet Terms and Techniques (saut de basque, pas de chat, cabriole, triple pirouettes, tour jeté, assemblé, rond de jambe)

    Advanced Tap Steps (grace taps, grace tap changes, cramp roll time steps, pull backs)

    An Advanced Tap Warm-Up (The Bill Robinson Routine: Doin’ the New Low Down)

    Choreographic Principles and Staging

    Students enrolled in the Advanced Dance class are encouraged to audition for San Mateo High School’s musical theatre productions.

    Audition for Advanced Dance will be on Thursday, May 7, 2015.

  5. New York

    Our trip to New York is from February 10th – 15th, 2015