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Department Overview | Course Descriptions

Department Overview

The South Orange County School of the Arts (SOCSA) offers not only technical training for the serious dance student, but practical training as well. Students will be trained formally in the major of dance through the genres of ballet, tap, jazz, and modern dance. Training is also offered in musical theatre and technical theatre. Once students successfully enter their third year of training, the studentÂ’s jury to become a member of the SOCSA Dance Company. Thus, the students acquire two years of experience in dancing choreographed works in a company environment, which will include not only dance training and choreographic experiences with guest artists and dance faculty, but also practice and execution of theatrical design in the areas of lighting, costume, makeup, and scenery. The committed faculty and staff of SOSCA know how important it is to be a flexible and diverse performer. SOCSA’s dance program addresses all the needs of the student directly entering into a career in dance, a program or institution of higher learning, or just simply for the appreciation and love of the art of dance.

Brittany Casey is the Head of SOCSA’s Dance Department.  She can be reached at bhcasey@capousd.org

Course Descriptions

SOCSA Dance Class

The South Orange County School of the Arts (SOCSA) offers the serious dance student both technical and practical formal training in the major genres of dance, including: ballet, contemporary, hip-hop, jazz, lyrical, modern, and tap. Preparing dancers for a career on stage, film, or even within a classroom setting, the SOCSA Dance department gives a technical overview of many styles, pushing students to work as a company, yet allowing them to find their own style of movement, which they will use when entering the professional dance industry.  The dance program addresses all the needs of the student for directly entering into a career in dance, a program or institution of higher learning, or just simply for the appreciation and love toward the art of dance.

SOCSA Dance Production

All SOCSA Dance students will be encouraged yearly to audition to become a member of the SOCSA Dance Production, an elite dance company at Dana Hills. Dance Production prepares students for the professional world, giving them extensive opportunities to explore their personal craft by performing as a working company. Dance Production students spend a minimum of 8 hours per week in dance and technique classes in addition to their rehearsal schedules. The SOCSA Dance Production dancers are also given the opportunity to choreograph not only their own solos, but both small and large group numbers, used in numerous shows throughout the year. Members of this group represent the SOCSA program on the Dana Hills campus during school-wide Pep Rallies, where they perform 4 times a year!