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Where Dancers are Known, Valued and Inspired
The Arlington Heights High School Dance Department was established in 1994 under the direction of Elizabeth Gillaspy. The program was established to provide excellent dance training to high school students in order to prepare them for dance at the collegiate level and beyond. The Dance Department at Arlington Heights High School consists of approximately 200 dance students and two full time and one part time dance faculty. While focusing on Ballet and Modern Technique, students are also provided opportunities to experience Jazz, Tap, Hip - Hop, Musical Theater, African, Folklorico and Repertory; and are also required to study dance history, kinesiology, dance production and performance.
Exceptional dancers from the Dallas/Fort Worth area are an integral part of the AHHS Dance Program and are brought in throughout the year to provide supplemental training through master classes as well as repertory experiences with guest choreographers.
Since 1994, students have received much local and national recognition including performances at National High School Dance Festival, Youth Dance Festival of Fort Worth, and Center for Educator Development in Fine Arts. Upon graduating from Heights, students have gone on to dance at Long Island University - Brooklyn, American Musical and Dramatic Academy Los Angeles, Texas Christian University, Texas A&M University, University of Texas, Jacksonville University, Sam Houston State University, Texas State University, Texas Woman’s University and Columbia College Chicago. They have received scholarships and attended summer programs at Joffrey Ballet, Brockus Conservatory, The Julliard School, Point Park University,The Glenda Brown Choreography Project and Bates Dance Festival.
"Dancing in the Arlington Heights Dance Department gave me a more broad perspective on what was in the dance world. I was more prepared for college dance because I was able to experience things that I didn’t get at a studio. I am so thankful for that because I went into college knowing what to expect and I knew I was well prepared!"