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CEEB Code: 052358 PVPUSD


Teacher: Kathleen Mastan
Room: Gym
310-378-8471 Ext. 43387
[email protected]

Choreo and Intermediate Dance Auditions
Auditions 2023
Choreo Dance AUdition flyer 2023
It is planned that this year auditions will be held in person at Palos Verdes High School. If there are changes to the environment that will not allow auditions to be held in person, auditions will then be held virtually. Auditions will take place April 25, 26, and 27, 2023 from 3:30-5:00 in the lower dance room.
The following forms will need to be filled out and returned prior to the audition. Dancers will not be allowed to participate in the audition if the forms are not filled out and submitted by April 24, 2023. Please note that the athletic clearance requires a physical exam form to be completed. This needs to be uploaded to the clearance website and turned into the athletic secretary by Monday, April 24, 2023 If you have cleared for another sport or tryout you will need to complete the athletic clearance process for “Dance”. If you are already in the system, your information should appear when you start the new clearance process.
Choreo and Intermediate Dance require students to be enrolled in the respective class for the entire 23-24. school year. Attending the audition is acceptance of your participation in the dance program.
Choreo and Intermediate dance are partly extra-curricular due to the performance requirement. Students must maintain a minimum 2.0 GPA as well as satisfactory marks in citizenship. If a student becomes ineligible during the year, the financial obligations are still pending.
Required Performances
There are two required performances during the school year for Choreo dancers, Eighth Grade Open House and the Spring Choreo Concert.
Intermediate dance is required to perform in the Spring Choreo Concert.
Any further questions please direct them to Kathleen Mastan e-mail: [email protected]

Kathleen MastanKathleen Mastan, a Palos Verdes native, earned her B.F.A. in Dance from the University of Arizona. She went on to earn a scholarship to The Dance Center in North Hollywood ,CA. As a professional dancer, Mastan performed nationally and internationally in music videos, as a Radio City Rockette, and at the Academy Awards. She has extensive teaching experience locally and as a master teacher and has received awards for her choreography. After earning her teaching credential, Mastan earned a M.A. in Education. Currently, she teaches Choreo, Intermediate Dance, P.E. Yoga, and P.E. dance for Palos Verdes High School.

Choreo Dance is an advanced dance class at PVHS that requires students to be an intermediate / advanced dancer in multiple dance disciplines. Styles of dance that are covered in class are jazz, ballet, tap, contemporary, modern, hip hop, and world dance. Choreo performs at pep rallies, community events, sporting events, and at their annual Spring Concert. As a fine arts class, the California Content Standards for Advanced Dance are followed. Not only do the students focus on dance technique and performance, but study the elements of choreography and create their own choreographic works. In addition, students learn about biomechanics and kinesiology, physics of dance, injury prevention, dance history, and production. Choreo has the opportunity to work with guest choreographers and teachers that are currently working in the industry. Students must audition for Choreo and auditions are usually held in May.

Intermediate Dance is a dance class that requires an audition. Students work to improve their dance technique in the styles of jazz, ballet, tap, modern, contemporary, hip hop, and world dance. Students need to be proficient in beginning and intermediate dance technique prior to auditioning for the class. The Intermediate Dance class performs in the Spring Dance concert and has the opportunity to work with guest teachers and choreographers. Auditions for Intermediate dance are usually held in May concurrent with the Choreo dance auditions.

P.E. Dance is a beginning dance class. The class is set up to be a survey of dance. During the first semester, students learn jazz, hip hop, tap and ballet technique and history. Second semester, students learn contemporary dance, musical theatre dance, and modern dance. Additional units include conditioning for dance and choreography. There is no audition for this class and no experience is required.

P.E. Yoga

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National Honor Society, Dance Arts

Palos Verdes High School chartered membership to the National Honor Society, Dance Arts in 2007. The purpose of this organization is to honor dance achievement and to encourage well rounded dancers to become productive citizens and leaders after high school. NHSDA is affiliated with the National Dance Education Organization ( NDEO). Students who meet the membership requirements will wear the NHSDA pin and Honor Cords at graduation.

For more information on NHSDA at PVHS, please contact at [email protected].