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DANCE


The LBHS Dance Program is affiliated with the College and Career Advantage (CCA) Program. All of our courses are based on a comprehensive, yearlong dance curriculum, and all of the students are required to participate in our annual Spring Dance Concert. Each course provides knowledge and experience in a broad range of styles including, but not limited to: Ballet, Jazz, Hip-Hop, Modern/Lyrical, Tap, Improvisation, and Composition. Depending on the level of study, there are also assignments and activities related to critically analyzing dance, learning about the history of dance, practicing improvisation skills, composing or choreographing original works, understanding anatomy & health from a dancer's perspective, managing dance productions, and pursuing dance as a college or career pathway. There are also opportunities for students to train with professional guest choreographers as well as create and present their own work.

Courses for 2019-2020

  • Dance 1 - Beginning; Open Access; VAPA or PE credit
  • Dance 2 - Intermediate; Placement Required; VAPA or PE credit; UC approved; CTE Concentrator Course
  • Dance 3  - Advanced; Placement Required; VAPA or PE credit; UC approved; CTE Concentrator Course
  • Dance 4 - Pre-Professional; Placement Required: VAPA or PE credit; UC approved; CTE Capstone Course
  • Dance Company - Pre-Professional; Audition Required; VAPA or PE credit; UC approved; CTE Capstone Course

2019-2020 Annual Dance Concerts

Tickets for our concerts are available at www.lbhs.booktix.com. Concerts are held in the Artist's Theatre located on the campus of LBHS.

Winter Dance Concert 2019
Thursday, December 5th, Friday, December 6th, and Saturday, December 7th @ 7:00pm

Spring Dance Concert 2020
Thursday, April 30th, Friday, May 1st, and Saturday, May 2nd @ 7:00pm 


LBHS Dance Boosters

Our Dance Boosters website is available here. Purchase a business ad or student tribute ad for our program and/or consider making a donation! Donations to LBHS Dance are tax deductible and help us provide a meaningful dance education experience for our students! 

Please make checks payable to LBHS Dance and send donations to:

Laguna Beach High School
Attn: Dance Program
625 Park Avenue
Laguna Beach, CA 92651 

Placement Information for Dance 1 - 4 

FOR STUDENTS CURRENTLY ENROLLED IN DANCE 1: To be eligible for Dance 2, a student needs to earn a passing grade of ‘C’ or higher for both semesters of Dance 1, and he/she may not have a ‘U’ or ‘N’ in citizenship. 

FOR STUDENTS CURRENTLY ENROLLED IN DANCE 2: Students who are interested in advancing to Dance 3 will have the opportunity during class to be screened at the end of the year. A screening assesses mastery and competency of the Dance 2 curriculum and ensures students are ready to move forward. To be eligible for Dance 3, a student needs to have a ‘B’ or higher for his/her first semester grade AND at the time of the screening. He/she may not have a ‘U’ or ‘N’ in citizenship. 

FOR STUDENTS CURRENTLY ENROLLED IN DANCE 3: To be eligible for Dance 4, a student needs to pass Dance 3 with a ‘B’ or higher both semesters, and he/she may not have a ‘U’ or ‘N’ in citizenship. 

FOR INCOMING FRESHMEN AND/OR NEW/TRANSFER STUDENTS: Counselors will automatically enroll you in Dance 1 because this is the only open access course that does not require placement. A student can bypass this course by attending a placement exam for Dance 2. Dance 2 is the highest course a student can enroll in aside from qualifying for the Dance Company. 

LBHS Dance Company Auditions 2020 

The Dance Company is audition only, and there are two opportunities to tryout. A completed application includes a general information sheet, a parent & student consent form to audition, a recent copy of transcripts, and proof of athletic clearance. Late and/or partial applications cannot be accepted. Students currently on the Dance Company tryout again to demonstrate progress and proficiency. 

Dance Company Applications Become Available
Saturday, January 18, 2020 

Dance Company Applications Due
Friday, May 22, 2020 at 3:30pm (No Exceptions) 

Dance Company Audition
Saturday, May 30, 2020 
4:30-8:30pm in the LBHS Dance Studio

Dance Company Audition
Saturday, August 22, 2020
4:30-8:30pm in the LBHS Dance Studio  

Information Sessions 2020

Info Session about Dance 2 Placement Exam 
Saturday, January 18, 2020
4:30-5:15pm in the LBHS Dance Studio 

Info Session about the LBHS Dance Company Audition 
Saturday, January 18, 20205:30-6:15pm in the LBHS Dance Studio 

All parents and students are welcome and highly encouraged to attend! 


About the Director

Estee Fratzke graduated Summa Cum Laude with a BA in Dance Science and a MA in Dance from California State University, Long Beach. She has a Single Subject Teaching Credential in Physical Education and a Career Technical Education Credential in Arts, Media, and Entertainment. Prior to studying dance in higher education, she trained for ten years on a competitive team at a private studio called Dancer’s Edge, located in her hometown of Visalia, CA. Her experience in a private studio coupled with her studies at CSULB led to her interest in a career as a dance educator, choreographer, and arts advocate. From 2010-2014, Estee was the Director of the Burbank High School Dance Program, and currently, she serves as the Director of the Laguna Beach High School Dance Program. Her mission is to use dance as an avenue to heal and inspire people, with an emphasis on helping her students develop into self-confident, happy, and healthy individuals. A fundamental principle of Estee's teaching philosophy is instilling a sense of lifelong fitness and dance appreciation in her students by teaching them how to move their bodies safely and efficiently. She choreographs for all levels of the LBHS Dance Program and produces two dance concerts a year. Administering a comprehensive curriculum that encourages versatility and adaptability in her dancers is a high priority for Estee, and she's committed to making waves in the dance community by pushing her students to think critically and creatively on a daily basis. When she isn't dancing, she loves reading, cooking, traveling, exercising, and spending time with her husband and their two dogs.

efratzke@lbusd.org
949-497-7750 x1378
@esteefratzke


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CONTACT US

625 Park Ave.  
Laguna Beach, CA 92651 
P:949-497-7750
F:949-497-7766
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