Dance Department

About Ms. J

Marta Keeney-Jiacoletti received her BFA and MFA in Dance from California Institute of the Arts. She has an extensive background in modern dance, jazz, ballet, musical theatre, and stretch/alignment dance techniques. In 1999 she began developing the dance program at Grossmont High School and was department chair from 2000-2012. She holds a CLAD credential in Physical Education. Professionally, Ms. Jiacoletti has danced with Patricia Sandbank and Dancers, Isaacs and McCaleb, Ellen Segal, and the Harry Partch Ensemble. Ms. Jiacoletti is actively involved with CAHPERD and the Dance and Movement Workshop for Dance Educators. Currently, Ms. Jiacoletti teaches full-time at Grossmont High School, part-time at Grossmont College and continues to choreograph for students at various technical levels.

The Class

 

As a student in the Dance program you will work on developing strength and flexibility, cardiovascular fitness, dance vocabulary, dance history, and choreographic principles for solo, duets, and small groups. Throughout the year, you will also learn production skills relating to music, costumes, lighting, and program design.

All students are given the opportunity to perform in our dance concerts. We perform in evening concerts and school assemblies. There are 4 to 6 yearly concerts. You may work on your own choreography or be involved with dances choreographed by Ms. Jiacoletti. The concerts explore different themes and various dance styles. You will be learning cultural dances and dances in the styles of jazz, modern, ballet, musical theatre, and hip- hop. ALL levels of dance meet 2nd year PE requirement.

Department Courses

 

BEGINNING DANCE (L334) - Open to all students.

INTERMEDIATE DANCE (L336) - Open to all continuing Beginning Dance students

ADVANCED DANCE (L338) - Open to all continuing intermediate dance students who pass intermediate dance with a B or better. 2nd year PE credit is available.