SCPA Dance The Dance Department of the San Diego School of Creative and Performing Arts is dedicated to providing a broad education that challenges the students artistically, intellectually and physically and to prepare qualified students for college, conservatory and professional careers in dance and related professions.
The department develops artistic and creative potential through a sequentially developed curriculum in both technical and theoretical dance courses. Students acquire the basic principles of choreography and a broader understanding of other arts forms and their relationship to dance. Students are provided with numerous performance opportunities including community involvement.
ABT Program

ABTSCPA is proud to include the AMERICAN BALLET THEATRE National Training Curriculum, a breakthrough 8 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. Primary through level 5 will be taught by ABT Certified Teacher, Ellen Warkentien, who successfully completed the ABT Teacher Training Intensive in Primary through level 7 of the ABT National Training Curriculum.


Aida Anderson
B.A. University of California Irvine
M.F.A. University of Utah

Ext. 2305

Erin Fetters
B.A. California State University, Fullerton
M.A. Nova Southeastern University
Ext. 4706

Cynthia Morales
Department Chair 
B.F.A Juilliard
M.A. University of California - Los Angeles
Ext. 4703

Ellen Warkentein
B.F.A. and M.F.A. University of California Irvine
ABT Curriculum Primary to Level 5
Ext. 4705