About Us

Mission

Our Mission is to inspire dance artists to achieve academic and creative success through diversity and respect for dance as culture.

Dancers will graduate from McCallum Dance prepared to enter top university dance programs and pursue a career in dance. We also believe that the skills of the artist are transferrable into all areas of academic study and professional pursuits.    

​Our dance majors graduate with a broad range of movement capabilities along with social and emotional experiences that expand their ideas about art, dance, culture and community.  

​Enforcing a “learning how to learn” curriculum allows our dance majors to recognize design concepts and patterns of movements in order to create and solve problems in unique ways.  

​We believe that dance becomes even more important in a technological society. Our curriculum incorporates technological advances in art and education.

McCallum Fine Arts Academy Dance Program

The McCallum High School and Fine Arts Academy Dance Program offers a rigorous dance curriculum in a public high school setting to prepare students for both professional and academic excellence. The core dance curriculum has its foundation in the study of ballet, modern/contemporary, and jazz dance techniques, composition/choreography, performance, aesthetics, anatomy/somatics, cultural/historical studies and analysis. The program develops expertise in these areas that can be applied to the various creative and intellectual interests of the student. To this end, the program is committed to providing the study of global dance forms such as African dance, Latin dance, Hip Hop etc., in order to develop student leadership and learning in a 21st century context. The Dance Majors’ curriculum meets the requirements for the National Honor Society for Dance Arts.

Learning outcomes include artistic/aesthetic development, technical acuity, dance/movement theory: inquiry and application, creative process and dance design, performance intention and virtuosity, critical reasoning and analysis, and inter and intra-personal skill development. The Dance Department produces two main-stage productions each year with numerous other performance opportunities including student-run productions. Upon acceptance into the Fine Arts Academy, dance majors become part of the McCallum Youth Dance Company and are required to perform in both main-stage dance productions for all four years in order to maintain their status as dance majors in The Academy.

Principles of Dance I, II, III, and IV students have the opportunity to increase their dance knowledge by enrolling in dance classes through the comprehensive high school procedures. There is an annual dance concert for these students to provide the opportunity to perform. As well, students are invited to audition for specific projects and productions. Non-majors can decide to audition for the dance program provided they qualify based on the Academy requirements.

Pre-Professional Dance Group

Gaby Alvarado, Analise Bady, Azul Cepero Cortes, Sasha Grapko, Catherine Haikola, Olivia Hexsel, Clara Hopkins, Lucy Kuhn, Eli Lopez, Zalie Mann, Zoe Maxwell, El McGinnis, Ana Mejia, Leyla Molina-Lopez, Sovie Nance, Kitty O’Neal, JT Ofuatey-Kodjoe, Sofia Orton, Julia Rasp, Sofia Rayas, Kylie Reeves, Gabriella Smith, Spirit Smith, Eva Southerland, Courtney Swinney, Fiona Thompson, Perla Vela, Greta Wayman 

Intermediate Ensemble

Alix Buonodono, Marshall Clifton, Samari Davis, Sydney Dawkins, Sage Flowers, Mia Gonzales, Owen Griffin, Corinne Hampton, Jill Hoffman, Landry Houston, Eric Judge, Lilianne Kirby, Emma Ligarde, Selene Medina, Vivian Medina, Ana Mejia, Paige Mitchell, Ru Motwani, Tessa Pillette, Olivia Pittman, Hazel Reddy, Ollie Roberts, Elliana Rocap, Emily Spigner, Olivia Stewart, Ava Sylliaasen, Maya Tien, Lucas Wheeler 

Emerging Dance Troupe

Harper Binfield Maxwell, Annabelle Duhon, Delilah Grad, Fiona Kirsh, Emily Mosser, Mila Ostrovich, Peyton Robenhorst, Opal Rodgers, Davianna Rondero, Celia Sanchez Espinosa, Emma Simon, Pia Sosa 

Master Classes

Fosse Technique

Modern & Contemporary Dance: Limón Technique, Horton Technique

Jazz

Salsa

Flamenco

Language of Dance ®

Argentine Tango

Gaga Movement Language

Lectures/Workshops: portfolios, auditions, health & nutrition, somatics

Recent Guest Teachers

The Verdon Fosse Legacy

Ty Graynor, former dancer of the Limón Dance Company

Cheryl Copeland of the BHumn Dance Company

Alvon Reed, Professor of Dance at SMU

Olivia Chacon of Flamencura Dance Company

Alyson Dolan of Kathy Dunn Hamrick Dance Company

Amy Morrow of AMARTS

Tina Curran, Professor of Dance at UT Austin

Kelsey Oliver of KOgraphy

Rachel Meador, local dance journalist and dance professional, UT Professor

Brooke Schlecte, Baylor University, Out on a Limb Dance Company

Ashlee Langas, Season 3 So You Think You Can Dance

Jean Claude-Lessou, West African Dancing

Stephanie Keeton, Dancer and Teacher at Esquina Tango

The McCallum Youth Dance Company | Dance Majors

The Emerging Dance Troupe

The Intermediate Ensemble

The Pre-Professional Dance Group

Dance Curriculum

Ballet

Modern Dance

Jazz Dance: classic jazz, contemporary jazz, Latin jazz, Afro-jazz, tap

Hip-Hop Dance

Contemporary Topics in ballet, modern, jazz and hip-hop dance

Social Dance: vernacular and partner dances

World Dance Forms

Improvisation/Composition/Choreography

Laban Movement Analysis and Theory

Language of Dance ®

Dance History

Applied Anatomy and Kinesiology

Non-Major Courses

Lifetime Fitness Dance & Principles of Dance I

Principles of Dance II, III, and IV

Ballet

McCallum Fine Arts Academy Information

More information about the McCallum Fine Arts Academy, programs, and the application process can be found on the main AISD website.