The SDSCPA Dance Department Faculty are professional dance artists and educators. Our curriculum is sequentially designed to prepare our students with the technique, skills, and knowledge necessary for postsecondary and professional pursuits. We are committed to preserving the lineage of classical, contemporary, and theatrical concert dance forms.


The Dance Department of the San Diego School of Creative and Performing Arts is dedicated to providing a focused education that challenges students physically, artistically, and intellectually to prepare students for collegiate, conservatory, and professional pursuits in the dance industry and in the 21st century creative economy.


The mission of the Dance Department is to cultivate an inclusive, nurturing, and creative environment conducive to the highest caliber of dance training. Our curriculum features a rigorous scope and sequence with foundations in classical ballet and modern dance. In addition, our program features training and performance opportunities with industry professionals for every student at every level. All students will complete a culminating capstone project encompassing their learning demonstrating portfolio readiness. Throughout the course of Dance Major program, students are guided toward successful completion of a capstone project in either choreography, performance, or historical review.

High School Scope and Sequence

Required: Ballet 1/2, Modern 1/2, CCTE: Ballet Training & Conditioning 1/2

Required: Ballet 3/4, Modern 3/4, CCTE: Ballet Training & Conditioning 3/4
Recommended: Dance Elective (Jazz/Tap 1/2)

Required: Ballet 5/6, Modern 5/6, CCTE: Choreography & Composition 
Recommended:CCTE: Ballet Training & Conditioning 3/4, Dance Elective (Jazz/Tap 3/4)

Required: Ballet 7/8, Modern 7/8, CCTE: Senior Dance Portfolio

ABT Program

ABT LogoSDSCPA is proud to include the AMERICAN BALLET THEATRE® National Training Curriculum, a breakthrough 9 level program that combines high quality artistic training with the basics of dancer health and child development. The ABT® National Training Curriculum consists of a comprehensive set of age-appropriate, outcome-based guidelines to provide the highest quality ballet training to dance students of all ages and skill levels. Ballet classes at SDSCPA are taught by ABT® Certified Teachers, Annette Barcelona, Annie Boyer, and Ellen Warkentien.


Annette Barcelona
Department Chair
B.F.A. Brenau University
M.F.A. Florida State University
ABT Curriculum Primary to Level 5
CCTE credential in Arts, Media & Entertainment
Ext. 4706

Annie Boyer
B.F.A. Boston Conservatory
ABT Curriculum Primary to Level 3
CCTE credential in Arts, Media & Entertainment
Ext. 4702

Jessica Curiel
B.A. University of California, San Diego
M.Ed. National University
CCTE credential in Arts, Media & Entertainment
Ext. 4702

Erin Fetters
B.A. California State University, Fullerton
M.A. Nova Southeastern University
Ext. 4715

Andrea Lemaitre
B.A. San Diego State University
CCTE credential in Arts, Media & Entertainment
Ext. 4703

Ellen Warkentein
B.F.A. and M.F.A. University of California, Irvine
ABT Curriculum Primary to Level 7
Ext. 4704

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