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Weiss Dance Classes

Dance 1-4, Dance for Athletes, Dance Team Prep, Scarlets Dance Team

About

Weiss High School offers dance classes to all students for fine arts or PE credit. Dancers of any level, ability, gender, or background are welcome in our studio! 

We currently offer Dance 1, 2, 3, and 4 as well as Drill Team Prep, and Dance for Athletes. No audition is required for Dance 1, Drill Team Prep, or Dance for Athletes. Students wishing to enroll in Dance 2-4 must have prior experience and director approval. See our flow chart to see how you can become a part of our program.

Weiss high school dance program

Which class should I be in?

I would like to try different styles of dance, and I have little to no previous dance experience. 

Dance 1

I would like to try different styles of dance, but I have previous dance experience. 

Dance 2 & Dance 3-4

I am in Weiss Athletics and would like to learn more about stretching and injury prevention

Dance for athletes

I would like to audition for the Scarlets Dance Team

dance team prep

I would like multiple opportunities to perform at pep rallies, sporting events, on stage, and at competition. 

scarlets dance team

No audition necessary
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PE or Fine Arts Credit
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Studies Jazz, Ballet, Modern, Hip Hop, World Dane, Choreography, Kinesiology, and Production
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Performs twice per year. Howliday Festival (December) and Spring Dance Showcase (April/May)

No audition necessary
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Can be repeated sophomore-senior year if passed first course
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Studies Foundations of Dance, Injury Prevention, Yoga, Leadership
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Performs once a year at Scarlets Spring Show Spectacular

No audition necessary
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Can be repeated sophomore-senior year if passed first course
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Studies technique, performance quality, and skills for auditions
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Performs twice per year. Howliday Festival (December) and Spring Dance Showcase (April/May)

Audition only; open to rising freshman-seniors
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This course is only for those that auditioned and made the team. Scarlets must abide by the PfISD Dance Handbook in order to become and remain a member. 
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Double-blocked course (meets everyday)
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Requires multiple costs including clothes, travel, meals, etc. 
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Performs year-round in multiple venues and genres

Requires Dance 1-3 experience and credit and/or director approval
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Advanced placement auditions are usually held the first two weeks of school (for new students without Dance 1 credit)
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Studies advanced Jazz, Ballet, Modern, Hip Hop, World Dance, Choreography, Kinesiology, and Production
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Performs at least twice per year. Howliday Festival (December) and Spring Dance Showcase (April/May)

Teachers

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Elise Padilla

Director

Ms. Padilla was born and raised in Austin, TX. She was a Trojan Belle for three years at Anderson High School. After graduating high school, Ms. Padilla attended Kilgore College where she was a Kilgore College Rangerette for two years on the 76th Line. During her time as a Rangerette, Ms. Padilla performed in The 90th Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, The 75th Pearl Harbor Commemoration, The Cotton Bowl, Texas State Fair, and Rangerette Revels. Ms. Padilla was also a member of Industry Dance Company, a pre-professional dance company at Kilgore College. After graduating from Kilgore with her Associates in Fine Arts, she attended Texas State University and graduated with the highest of honors in Dance Education. Ms. Padilla served as Assistant Director for the Weiss Scarlets for two years and is excited to continue working with the Weiss Dance Department and Scarlets Dance Team as the Director in her third year of teaching. While Ms. Padilla is not teaching dance, she enjoys spending time with her son Kai and German Shepherd, Akela.  

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Cellise Brown

Assistant Director

Cellise Brown is from Katy, Texas.  She is a recent B.F.A Dance Major  and Educational Psychology minor graduate from the University of Texas at Austin. During her time at UT, Cellise participated in several guest and faculty works, had the honor to create a collaborative work in 2020 for the Fine Arts Cohen New Works Festival, and created a main stage work for the Dance Repertory Theater Fall Concert 2021 that was chosen to be shown in the informal concert at the American College Dance Association Convention. Cellise also is Certified to teach R.A.D and Cecchetti Ballet. After graduation, Cellise plans to use both her knowledge and skills she acquired as part of UT's UTeach Program as well as her passion for dance to inspire the next generation of artists.