Our Mission: Here at Saint Augustine High School, we offer a variety of performing arts courses within SJCCA. In the dance department, our goal is to expose students to many styles of dance by ways of technique, terminology, history, and choreography. We will be exploring the foundations of many genres of dance throughout the entire school year while simultaneously preparing for our 1-3 performances per year. Dance students will get the opportunity to create their own work, constructively critique themselves as well as others, and perform in front of live audiences. The students will receive a wide range of dance knowledge by keeping up with current events in the world of dance, watching clips to grasp movement concepts of professionals, learning from guest artists, as well as visiting dance groups in our community.
Ms. Schippani’s Philosophy: Ms. Schippani’s method of teaching dance is centered on confidence. She wants to harness all of the dancers’ potential and improve on their self-worth by the relationships she forms with her students and the environment she creates in each of their classes. It is then that dancers step out of their comfort zone and explore parts of their practice that they have never discovered before. When a dancer learns “the basics” of dance and proper technique for each genre, they can learn to try anything and find out what they are truly capable of.
Kaila Schippani Dance Director
For more specific information about dance, please visit the SJCCA Dance Page:
There is a yearly Fair Share Fee for the following:
Beginning and Intermediate Dance $150.00; Advanced Dance $200.00; The Collective (Honors Dance) $600.00; These fees are assessed to each student in that group.
- Students should arrive to the audition in appropriate dance attire. Females: Leotard, Tights (pink or flesh-colored), Ballet shoes or Jazz shoes, Hair in a bun; Males: White T-shirt, Black shorts, Ballet shoes or Jazz shoes;
- Students will be taken through a dance class for the audition which will include ballet, jazz (across the floor) and a short combination which will be taught at the audition. This combination will then be performed in small groups.
- Each dancer will receive a number when they arrive at the audition to wear throughout the audition process. It is encouraged that you bring water with you to the audition.
- Keep up with other information about SJCCA Dance by:
Facebook: follow St. John’s County Center for the Arts or by following Ms. Kaila Schippani