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; Yearlong; VAPA or PE credit
- Dance 2 - Intermediate; Placement Required; VAPA or PE credit; UC approved
- Dance 3/4 - Advanced; Placement Required; VAPA or PE credit; UC approved
- Dance Company - Pre-Professional; Audition Required; VAPA or PE credit; UC approved
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 20th, Friday, May 1st, and Saturday, May 2nd @ 7:00pm
LBHS Dance Boosters
Placement & Audition Information
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. She's trained in ballet, jazz, hip hop, modern/lyrical, improvisation, dance composition, and Pilates. 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. In her personal time, she loves reading, cooking, blogging, traveling, exercising, and spending time with her husband and their three dogs.