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"Is it in You?"

Come discover your passion for dance at San Juan Hills


The San Juan Hills Dance Department offers an exciting and enriching program to every individual. It provides our students all aspects of dance training and performance opportunities. It provides training in ballet, lyrical, contemporary, hip hop, and various styles of jazz including but not limited to character and stylized jazz. Each dancer will have the opportunity to experience proper stretching exercises, alignment, and strength and body conditioning. It also fosters the development of student choreography and encourages individual discipline, creative expression, and leadership. Students will experience working with various professional dance artists and will perform in the winter collaboration concert and the spring dance concert. They will also work collaboratively and showcase their own choreography in a concert early spring. It is our goal that individuals who graduate from the program will be confident in their movements and their training and will feel inspired to continue dance in college or at a professional level either in choreography and/or performance.


choreographer's Ball ticket link






Advanced Dance (21)

Abeyra, Ava  9

Apostolache, Alina  12

Apostolache, Jordyn  12

Burns, Natalia  11

Carney, Kendall 11

Cestone, Lexi  9

Fernandez, Thalia  10

Flowers, Hailey  11

Grande, Nyah 9

Greene, Jacey  10

Hansen, Sarah  11

Kowalski, Julia  10

Kreider, Alexa  9

Lewis, Skye  12

McCanna, Cali  10

Olsen, Ava  10

Phillips, Katie 11

Ramirez, Aileen  12

Sit, Allyssa 9

Tillotson, Megan  9

Walker, Holly  9


Intermediate Dance (29)


Abiang, Rylee  11

Aylor, Sabrina  12

Baggaley, Audrey  10

Ballew, Giselle  11

Bohn, Kempton  9

Cox, Grace  10

Dimler, Allison  12

Dostis, Jill  12 (Re-Eval for Adv in August)

Fernquist, Grace  11

Flake, Lily  10

Fortier, Francesca  11

Granese, Mercedes  9

Hansen, Noelle  12  (Re-Eval for Adv in August)

Hardin, Camden  9

Howes, Sydnee  11

Huynh, Kaylene  9

Jones, Isabella  12 (Re-Eval for Adv in August)

Koclanis, Ashley  10

Kurz, Avery  9

McCartney, Annika  10

McCartney, Briana  9

Norgaard, Riley  9

Paquette, Genevieve  11

Perlas, Emma  11

Sarayba, Una  12

Schultz, Victoria  12

Tabone, Jill  11

Weisinger, Juliana  10

Winger, Ella  9


Beginning Intermediate (44)


Abel, Ellie  11

Becker, Jennifer  12

Bottiaux, Sarah  9

Burnes, Bryana  9

Burns, Alexa  9

Chase, Emma  12

Contreras, Jamison  9

Crotti, Camryn  11 (Re-Eval for Int in August)

Defrance, Chloe  11

Desai, Shaili  9

Doezie, Eden  11

Engles, Alyssa  9

Finman, Julia  12 (Re-Eval for Int in August)

Frutos, Isabella  12

Glossbrenner, Jillian  9

Gonzalez, Jose  12

Gordon, Bella  10

Helsel, Emelia  9

Jackson, Angelie  12

Jones, Meredith  10

Kepple, Jason  12

Land, Sophia  10

Lynch, Megan  9

Magnelli, Jacqueline 11

Masarati, Camilla  10

McCay, Kate  9

McElroy, Claire  12

Metcalf, Mya  11

Monroy, Adriana  11

Mui, Mandi  9

Needleman, Taylor  10

Norgren, Amanda  10

Raubach, Isabelle  11

Rothman, Zach  12

Sanders, Morgyn  11

Severson, Sabrina  10

Smith, Grace  10

Swift, Alexa  9

Villar, Anna  9

Weintraub, Ivana  12

Wilson, Hayley  10

Yan, Alexis 10 (Re-Eval for Int in August)

Zamarripa, Jaqueline  10

Zielenbach, Taylor  9


Beginning Dance


For those who are 10th-12th graders, you will be put into beginning dance in the fall. If you are a 9th grader, the academic advisors will do a raffle from the names who came to audition for any available spots left in beginning dance. Thank you so much for your effort today and thank you for your interest in our dance program.


Bashforth, Quinn  10 (Re-Eval for BID in August)

Hahn, Melia  10  (Re-Eval for BID in August)

Knight, Renee  11 (Re-Eval for BID in August)

Lewis, Jamie 11 (Re-Eval for Int/Adv in August)




Homecoming 2018 Incredibles 2 Performance

Homecoming Incredibles

Clash of the Classes Pep Rally Performance 2018

March 2018 pep rally dance.

10 "Marvel"ous years homeocming performances

September 23, 2016 - Theme: Marvel Comics

The pep rally performance

The pregame performance

Basketball Game Half Time Performance

Basketball half time Febraury 11th 2016

Fantasy Vs. Reality Student Choreo Show Award Winners

ATLANTIS Winter Pep Rally 2016

Peter pan homecoming 2015

Dance Production 2017-18
Back Cover Pic
Dance Production 2016-2017
Dance Production 2016-2017
Dance Production 2015-2016
2015-2016 production
Dance Production 2014-2015
Dance Production 2014-2015
Dance Production 2013-2014
Dance Production 2013-2014
Dance Production 2012-2013

Homecoming on the Range 2014

Harry Potter Homecoming 2013

Here are the videos from our Homecoming performances. Kaiden Gerlach as Harry Potter. Jackie Ward as Hermoine. Greyson Hanson as Ron. Taylor Block as Voldemort. Kenley Farace as Snape. Jackson Harper as Cedric. Alexis Macadam as Dumbledore.

Dance Production Pregame Performance

Dance Production Pep Rally Performance

Harry Potter Homecoming Dance Production
Harry Potter Homecoming Dance Production

Battle of the classes pep rally routine

Winter Pep Rally Routines

Sensei-tional Homecoming 2012 Pep Rally Video

Choreographer's Ball 2012 Video

Disney "Imagination" Dance Recital 2012 Video

Dance videos 2011-2012

Our Disney Imagination Dance Recital was held on February 9 and 10. Thank you to everyone who came to support us and made the show a success!

Winter Pep Rally 2011 Video

SJHHS Dance Program Movie

50 dancers attended the Saddleback Dance Symposium Field Trip on November 17, 2011. They took 2 master dance classes and watched the winter dance show.

Advanced and Intermediate Dance Production performed a "Wizard of Oz" themed dance at the Homecoming pep rally.

Dance Production participated in the 1st SJHHS Lip Dub Video on October 29, 2010. It is produced by the advanced video production students and will be used to promote the SJH performing arts department. Joined by the dancers were the students from the departments of theater, music, vocal, video, drawing & painting, ccp and photo. Everyone wore fun costumes and sang and danced to "Bang on the drums." The message is simple....."JOIN THE ARTS!"

OC Register Article about lip dub video.

Advanced Dance Production performed at the homecoming pep rally on September 30, 2010 in the SJH gym. The dance was titled "Mario's World Adventures" directed and choreographed by Mrs. Calder. Some dancers from Intermediate Dance Production and beginning dance helped crew the production. It started in Mario's world where Mario and his crew played and danced. Bowser and Donkeykong entered the scene and kidnapped Princess Peach. Now Mario will have to go through the fire world, water world, mario kart and finally get to Bowser's castle to rescue the princess. It was a bang of a performance and thoroughly enjoyed by the staff and students.

Winter Show "FUSION" 2010

Our winter show Fusion was held in December in the Collaborative Arts Theater. It was a collaboration concert with guest performers from dana hills dance, aliso niguel dance, ladera ranch dance academy and south coast freestyle. Great job to everyone who performed in the show and thank you to all the volunteers who helped us backstage in the dressing rooms, the crew and the lobby helpers too. Thank you to Laura Slye for organizing the volunteers.. Thank you to all the family and friends who came to see the show and supported us. Here are some links to our dances.

Fusion Dance 1

Fusion Dance 2

Fusion Dance 3

Fusion Dance 4

Fusion Dance 5

Fusion Dance 6

Fusion Dance 7

Fusion Dance 8

Fusion Dance 9 

Clash of the classes pep rally 2011

Dance production was invited to perform at the annual San Clemente Cinco De Mayo Festival on May 7, 2011. They performed 5 high enery routines in front of a big crowd of people.

Our recital was held on February 19, 2010. It showcased all student choreography. Dancers collaborated for a month and half and created original works of art. This show was a sell out! Great job dancers!  

Dance Program Director/Choreographer

Kristine Calder

Captains 2018-2019

Advanced: Lindsay Backer, Nikki Baker, Jenna Hartstein

Intermediate: Hannah Carlson, Noelle Hansen, Dakota Huckabaa

Beginning Intermediate: Rylee Monaghan, Luis Moreno, Kaitlin Ord

Beginning Dance: Aisline Barrientos, Kenyi Bucio, Iridiana Farias, Ariana Quinonez, Alanis Smith, Jessica Yaccino

2018-2019 Events and Performances

Updated February 4, 2019

Please reserve a few  days before each concert for tech, dancer's preview, and dress rehearsal. Choreographer's Ball (Dance production: reserve 1 1/2 weeks for this concert to include tech/light rehearsals, BID & BD Dance: reserve the 2 days before, Fusion Show (DP: 4-5 days before for tech)

ADP = Advanced Dance Production, IDP = Intermediate Dance Production, BID = Beginning Intermediate Program, BD = Beginning Program, ALL = Beginning, Beg/Int, Intermediate and Advanced


ADP n IDP n BID - Winter Concert "Fusion"Auditions - August 23 sign up on dance board

ADP n IDP - ASB pep rally homecoming rehearsal, call time TBA, September 27

ADP n IDP - Pep Rally - Homecoming 2018 - September 28

ADP n IDP - Homecoming Football Pregame 2018- September 28 call time 5:30 pm

ADP n IDP - Disney workshop field trip - TBA call time 8:00 am

ADP n IDP - Little Stallions workshop - November 9, 3:00 - 6:15 pm

ADP IDP BID - Winter Concert "Fusion"  - November 16 and 17 call time 6:00 pm

ADP- Winter Pep Rally - TBA

ALL - Spring Choreographer's Ball Auditions - January 10 sign up on dance board

ALL - Dance Recital Showcasing All Student Choreography - February 8 and 9

ALL - Stallion Showcase - chosen groups will perform - February 9

ALL seniors - Senior Showcase Auditions - January 31

ALL seniors - Senior Showcase Filming day - February 14

ALL seniors - Seniors in Dance Program - Senior Dance Showcase - February 22

ADP - Spring Pep Rally - March 22

ALL -  "Choreographer's Ball" Spring Dance Concert  - May 24 and 25 (Dance production-start afterschool tech on May 16 for production number and upper/lower class dance. Run through May 21, dancer's preview  May 22, dress rehearsal May 23 Beginning/Int and Beginning Dance - May 22 and 23 for dancer's preview and dress rehearsal

8th graders - Alternate audition date for 8th graders - April 23, 2019 from 3:15-4:15 in small gym

2018-2019 Adv and Int Dance Production Auditions -April 24. See below for full details.

ALL - Dance Program Awards Luncheon - May 31 at lunch

ADP, IDP, BID - 2019-2020 Orientation meeting, May 29 at 6:00 p.m. in F08

Attention Incoming Freshmen Interested in the dance progam!

As our program continues to flourish, it has become impacted. You may have noticed in your schedule options that dance has become unavailable to incoming freshmen as an option. However, if you are someone who is really interested in our program and want to learn how to dance but have no previous dance training, please still attend the production auditions, so that the judges and I may take a look at your potential, work ethic and movement quality, as exceptions can be made if justifiable. You may be put on the recommended list and might be filled into the available spots left after upperclassmen registration. Please see below for audition information. Thank you and Good Luck!!!

advanced dance production, intermediate dance production, & beginning/intermediate audition 2019-2020

Open to ALL Males and Females attending SJHHS 2019-2020

  • When: April 24, 2019, for all grade levels
  • Where: Main gym
  • Time: Advanced Registration starts at 3:15. Audition will begin at 4:00.
  • Intermediate and Beginning/Intermediate Registration starts at 5:15. Audition will begin at 6:00.


Can I tryout for both levels? Yes you can. If you come try advanced and it's too challenging or you feel that you didn't do your best, you may stay and audition for intermediate as well and vice versa.


Please fill out an application and attach a current photo to the form. You can pick up an application from the dance board in the dance hall or you can print it out from the top right of our dance page.


The day of auditions:

  1. Arrive early. You need to warm up and stretch on your own before we start.
  2. Bring your completed application and photo.
  3. Wear ALL black dance attire. Any color shoes that you can turn in.
  4. Pull hair back. Remember, judges can tell how disciplined you are as a dancer by how you present yourself.Some NO-NO tips:  Loose bra straps showing, runned down tights, very low cut tops, tube tops, boxers hanging out, athletic shoes, etc. You get the idea
  5. Learn an across the floor combo which will include but not limited to, a variety of turns (pirouettes, chaine, pique, al a seconde, fouette, floats, attitude, around the world), a variety of flexibility components (such as kicks, extensions, splits, leg holds, leg hold turns, illusions, pitch), a variety of jumps (such as grand jetes, jumps in second, single stag, switch leaps, switch seconds, toe touch, firebird). Optional: Perform specialties such as pointe, tap, break, pop, lock, gymnastics/acro (more than cartwheels and round offs), any special tricks you can do. This is your time to show off who you are as a dancer. You are welcome to bring a couple of 8's of a combo to showcase your style. No music necessary. Any genre o.k. ONLY 2 counts of 8 max please!!!
  6. Results will be posted on our dance website the next day or two after auditions. This audition is for level placement. Please do your best! =)

If you are unable to attend your audition date due to a school activity or an out of state transfer, please email me ASAP so that arrangements can be made. Your make up auditions need to be made before the actual audition day.

Good Luck To All The Dancers!

Alternate Audition Day

Alternate Audition Day is April 23 at 3:15-4:15pm for 8th graders or SJH school activity conflict. You will need to bring proof of the reason of your absence for the actual audition day. Examples of allowable excuses are 8th grade dance, 8th grade school trip, 8th grade graduation, middle school musical/play etc. Work schedule, appointments, detention, etc. are not considered allowable excuses. You will be recorded and the recording will be shown to the judges on the audition day when they arrive, where you will then be possibly placed somewhere in the program. Please email Mrs. Calder to schedule an appointment for make up day. Don't just show up, there night be no one there.

Have Questions? Need more info?

Please contact the director, Mrs. Calder, at

visit the performing arts booster website

Parents! Do you want to get more involved with our department and be in the loop? Join P.A.B. (performing arts boosters) today. Visit their website for more information.