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November 29, 2022
Jackie Sacks
Dance Festival Video
Such a wonderful experience to host the first ever Northwest Regional High School Dance Festival. Fortunately, we host again in Feb 2022!
Dance at VSAA 2018-19
Take a look at what we accomplished!
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, Lauren Cannon (alum), Briley Jozwiak, J. Elaine Marcos, Barbara Lima, Tremaine Bean (alum)
AMDA alum and Broadway star, J. Elaine Marcos visited VSAA. Dance students learned an excerpt from A Chorus Line and were able to audition for AMDA (NY/LA).
Barbara Lima  Barbara Lima
Dance Foundations (B), Intermediate and Ensemble classes had the pleasure of discovering momentum on the floor with guest artist Barbara Lima.
VSAA Alum Lauren Cannon  VSAA Alum Lauren Cannon
Ensemble students had a wonderful Wicked inspired master class with Lauren Cannon!

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!

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.
Alignment, Rotation, Dance Terms Information

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)
How Ballet Helps You Succeed in Business
Check out this article about the skills developed in a dance classroom translating into life skills.
Ice vs. Heat (Injury Relief and Healing)
Rehearsal and Performance Benefits
21st Century Skills and Habits of Mind Plus More!
VSAA Dancer - (alum) Sienna Ballou, Photographer - Megan Holt VSAA Dancer - (alum) Sienna Ballou, Photographer - Megan Holt