The Elizabeth Seton High School Dance Program provides students with the opportunity to develop their skills, coordination, and knowledge of dance through classes within the school’s curriculum. As part of the class requirements, each student who takes a dance class will perform at the Dance Showcase, giving them an opportunity to understand all aspects of the art form. Within the dance program, the students have choices to learn the basic technique in ballet, modern, jazz, and hip hop based on the class in which they have enrolled.
Within the Seton community, girls are challenged to step outside their comfort zone and are taught to thrive in all situations. They are supported as they discover new territory, new ways of thinking, and new concepts and movements. This program emphasizes the importance of using the body, learning choreography, and retaining terminology while encouraging the students to take risks and challenge their perceived limitations. The Dance Program then takes all this new information and translates it into life skills that apply beyond the classroom.
The possibilities within the arts are endless. And the ESHS Dance Program gives young women the opportunity to engage themselves outside the typical classroom setting by educating them about the arts, their body, and technique. This leads to discussions about what makes for effective dance, critically thinking about what art is, why it is relevant and so vital to our culture at Seton and in the world today. Between igniting new passions, and training those already involved with dance, this program gives the young women of Seton an opportunity to be engaged creatively both in and out of the classroom.
Instructor: Mackenzie Rawls
Mackenzie Rawls joined the faculty in 2014, shortly after graduating magna cum laude from the Boston Conservatory with a Bachelor of Fine Arts. Mackenzie grew up being trained in classical ballet and modern at Berrend Dance Center, American Dance Institute, and knew at a young age the direction she wanted to take with her life. Ms. Rawls has knowledge of the sacrifices young women make for their passions and provides guidance to those looking to take their art form to the next level. She has played a vital role in the redevelopment of the Performing Arts Department at Seton and the growth of the dance department. When not working with the Seton community, she teaches at dance studios all around Maryland and is still professionally dancing in the area. Mackenzie was named one of the Top 5 Artists to watch in Washington, DC in 2016 and looks forward to sharing her life's passion and journey with Seton students.
ESHS Dance Team
The Elizabeth Seton High School Dance team has become a well-recognized and much sought-after group of talented individuals for their technique, grace, and mesmerizing dance abilities. The Dance Team allows serious dancers the opportunity to get involved, perform on and off campus, and compete. Between pep rallies, open houses, dance showcases, assemblies, competitions and other seasonal performances (games, shows, etc.) – these dancers work three days a week on their technique, choreography skills, and dance in general. Aside from performing given choreography, another skill that is developed through Dance Team is how to collaborate to create choreography that they perform at many of these events.
Dance Team News and Accolades:
• Performed in the first Spring Dance Showcase presented at Seton
• Mid-Atlantic Pom and Dance Competitions:
- Oakdale Competition : 1st place Lyrical, 1st place Hiphop, 2nd place jazz - 3 out of 3 captain awards
- C.H. Flowers Competition: 1st place Lyrical, 1st place Hiphop, 2nd place jazz, 3 out of 3 captain awards
- Gywnn Park Competition: 1st place Lyrical, 1st place Hiphop, 2nd place jazz 2 out of 3 captain awards
• MAPDA Championships: 1st place lyrical, 1st place hiphop, 1st place jazz 3 out of 3 captain awards
ESHS Open House
School Assemblies and Pep rallies
Please Come Home for Christmas, a Broadway on Harewood production
DeMatha Stag Madness