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CEEB Code: 052358 PVPUSD


Teacher: Kathleen Mastan
Room: Gym
310-378-8471 Ext. 43387

Choreo and Intermediate Dance Auditions

Virtual Auditions 2020

Due to the Covid-19 school closure, the audition for Choreo and Intermediate dance will be held virtually. Here is the process for the audition:
  1. The link to submit audition videos will open on May 11, 2020 and close on May 18, 2020: 
  2. Fill out the Audition Application -2020 Virtual Audition and the student/parent acknowledgement form. Scan the documents and return via e-mail with a current headshot to In the subject line of the e-mail write - Name (first and last) Choreo and Intermediate Dance Auditions 2020. Submit any time prior to May 18, 2020.
  3. Learn the two pieces of choreography posted on this page.
    1. Lyrical- Rise Up by Andra Day
    2. Hip Hop- Body Movin’ by the Beastie Boys
  4. Submit your video on the following link by May 18, 2020:
Any further questions please direct them to:Kathleen Mastan

Audition Videos

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