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The SDSCPA Dance Department Faculty are professional dance artists and educators. Our curriculum is sequentially designed to prepare our students with the technique, skills, and knowledge necessary for postsecondary and professional pursuits. We are committed to preserving the lineage of classical, contemporary, and theatrical concert dance forms. 


The Dance Department of the San Diego School of Creative and Performing Arts is dedicated to providing a broad education that challenges the students artistically, intellectually and physically to prepare students for college, conservatory and professional careers in dance and related professions.


The mission of the Department of Dance is to provide a diverse, nurturing, and creative environment conducive to the highest caliber of dance training. Our curriculum features a rigorous scope and sequence with foundations in classical ballet and modern dance. We cultivate the individual creative voice and performer with exposure to professional artists, and by providing choreographic and performance opportunities for every student at every level in the dance major program. This professional environment supports the highest artistic and academic expectations while also fostering excellence in our dancers as citizens and professionals to support their success beyond SCPA in postsecondary, collegiate endeavors in the arts.

High School Scope and Sequence

Required: Ballet 1/2, Modern 1/2
Recommended: Artist in Residence Course
Required: Ballet 3/4, Modern 3/4
Recommended: Dance Elective (Jazz/Tap 1/2)
Required: Ballet 5/6, Modern 5/6, Choreography
Recommended: Dance Elective (Jazz/Tap 3/4)
Required: Ballet 7/8, Modern 7/8, Artist in Residence: Dance Portfolio
Recommended: Jazz/Tap 5/6 By Audition Only
*Every semester students will be adjudicated by dance faculty using a departmental rubric and will be placed appropriately according to their level.

ABT Program

ABTSDSCPA is proud to include the AMERICAN BALLET THEATRE® National Training Curriculum, a breakthrough 9 level program that combines high quality artistic training with the basics of dancer health and child development. The ABT® National Training Curriculum consists of a comprehensive set of age-appropriate, outcome-based guidelines to provide the highest quality ballet training to dance students of all ages and skill levels. Ballet classes at SDSCPA are taught by ABT® Certified Teachers, Annette Barcelona and Ellen Warkentien.


Annette Barcelona
B.F.A. Brenau University
M.F.A. Florida State University
Ext. 4706
Jessica Curiel
B.A. University of California, San Diego
M.Ed. National University
Ext. 4702
Erin Fetters
B.A. California State University, Fullerton
M.A. Nova Southeastern University
Ext. 4715
Andrea Lemaitre
Department Chair
B.A. San Diego State University
Ext. 4703
Ellen Warkentein
B.F.A. and M.F.A. University of California, Irvine
ABT Curriculum Primary to Level 7
Ext. 4704