WELCOME, TO HEIGHTS DANCE
WHERE DANCERS ARE KNOWN, VALUED, AND INSPIRED.
HISTORY | 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.
ABOUT | At Arlington Heights, we believe that every student should be exposed to quality, fine arts dance training. Dance students at Heights take technique class as part of their daily schedule. This allows for consistent training, while also permitting dancers to participate in other extra-curricular activities. Students additionally learn classroom etiquette, choreography, critical analysis, and improvisational skills. Our students participate in community performances, service projects, and partner with Monnig Middle School through the FWISD feeder school mentor program. Exceptional dancers and guest choreographers from the Dallas/Fort Worth area are an integral part of the AHHS Dance Program as they are brought in throughout the year to provide supplemental training, teach master classes, and set repertory.
ALUMNI | 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, and Dean College. They have received scholarships and attended summer programs at Joffrey Ballet, Brockus Conservatory, The Juilliard School, Point Park University, The Glenda Brown Choreography Project and Bates Dance Festival.
2021-2022 Dance Department!
A Fine Arts Dance Program with a
Public School Experience
| MISSION |
The AHHS Dance Department is dedicated to inspiring young artists to lead with creativity and integrity. It is our goal to instill an appreciation for the arts and a belief in the power of movement to create change.