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June 21, 2019
Jackie Sacks
NHSDF Presents Northwest Regional High School Dance Festival NHSDF Presents Northwest Regional High School Dance Festival
VSAA was thrilled to host the first ever Northwest Regional High School Dance Festival February 15-18, 2019! Spectrum Dance Theater, under the direction of Donald Byrd performed at the Opening Ceremony. Twenty six college programs and students from thirteen high school dance programs danced together and discussed college/career possibilities. The performances inspired us to all embrace our creativity and share it with others. The National High School Dance Festival is at Point Park University in 2020, and VSAA hopes to host another Northwest Regional in 2021.
Dance Festival Video
Dance at VSAA 2018-19
Take a look at what we accomplished this year in our program. Thank you all for your support!
VSAA Dance Guest Artists:
NDT2, Joffrey Ballet School, Cal Arts, Cornish College, Point Park, Pacific College, Hubbard Street, Graham Company, Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company, Cedar Lake Contemporary Dance Company, Dayton Contemporary, Pilobolus, Lar Lubovitch Dance Company, Joffrey NYC staff, BodyVox, Nii Ardey Allotey, Laura Haney, Darryl Thomas, James Heeley, Mariecella Devine, Michelle Davis, Eowyn Emerald Barrett (alumni), Franco Nieto (alumni), Spenser Theberge (alumni), Mary Hunt, Eric Nordstrom (alumni), Kumari Suraj, Kota Yamazaki, Prashant Kakad, Tracey Durbin, George Caceres, Sekou Walker, Renee Adams, Felicia Ball-Garcia (alumni), Les Watanabe, Marty Ervin, Minh Tran, Steven Goforth (alumni), Dar Vejon Jones, Kyle Abraham, Abraham.In.Motion, Jermaine Spivey, Cheryl Willis, Oluyinka Ankinjiola, Meghan Bjerke (alumni), Anna Hooper (alumni), Walter Kennedy representing U of Oregon, AMDA, Dr. Victoria Watts representing Cornish College of the Arts, Shivy Vanka-Bharatanatyam, Anna Hooper
Former VSAA student, Anna Hooper, sets a new work on Extended Day Dance Ensemble Students! Former VSAA student, Anna Hooper, sets a new work on Extended Day Dance Ensemble Students!
Anna attended VSAA and recently graduated from SUNY Purchase as a dance major. Her work is thoughtful, explores a dynamic range, and encourages individuality yet delights us with ensemble spatial design.
Guest Artist Shivy Vanka with VSAA Dancers Guest Artist Shivy Vanka with VSAA Dancers
The wonderful Shivy Vanka taught Bharatanatyam to VSAA dancers. Such a pleasure to experience her wisdom and explore a new cultural dance form!
VSAA Alum Franco Nieto and EDDE VSAA Alum Franco Nieto and EDDE

Theme Connections 18-19
Foundations and Explore students
Dance Ensemble Theme Inspired Choreography- Winter Concert Dance Ensemble Theme Inspired Choreography- Winter Concert
Photo by Abby Harris-Davis
  Me With Abraham.In.Motion!  So Grateful for a Wonderful Experience!  Me With Abraham.In.Motion! So Grateful for a Wonderful Experience!

Written Dance Assignments - Participation Credit #1
Written Dance Assignments for Participation Credit #2
Central Washington University Credit Registration Form (11th/12th grade)
Juniors and seniors enrolled in any of my dance classes are able to earn physical education credit from Central WA University.
What Dance Clothes Do I Need and Where Do I Buy Them?
There are several ways to obtain dance clothes for class. Visit The Leotard in Portland, Target, or online sites. I have created an easy dress code shopping list at Discount Dance which then kicks back a small amount of money to the VSAA dance program. They offer great prices and quick shipping. Click on the link then pull down Students then Find My Teacher where you will enter either my email (Jackie.Sacks@vansd.org) or TP102816 to pull up the shopping list dress code for VSAA dance classes. Click on the blue title to go directly to their webpage.
Dance Make Up Assignment - Nutrition
Dance Class Written Make Up Assignments (Any Level)
Alignment, Rotation, Dance Terms Information
Dance Make Up Assignment - "Best Stretches"
Dance Program Dates 2018-19 School Year
Get these on your calendar!
Guest Artist Reflection Questions
Reflection Assignment
Rehearsal and Performance Benefits
21st Century Skills and Habits of Mind Plus More!
Performance Reflection Assignment
National Standard Essential Questions and Goal Setting Resource
Dance Explore Syllabus Spring 2019
Includes Dress Rehearsal and Performance Dates to Get on Your Calendar!

National Dance Educators Organization - Teaching Dance Standards
The History of Modern Dance in the US
Follow this link to discover a great overview of modern dance history in the USA!
Ebb and Flow Dance Film (featuring former VSAA students)
It is all about rhythm! Check out this fabulous tap performance!
Interview with VSAA dance alum Franco Nieto
Ice vs. Heat (Injury Relief and Healing)
VSAA Dancer - (alum) Sienna Ballou, Photographer - Megan Holt VSAA Dancer - (alum) Sienna Ballou, Photographer - Megan Holt