San Diego

School of Creative and Performing Arts

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.


National High School Dance Festival Gala Performance 2012 Joffrey Ballet, Fall 2011 Cleo Person (Class of 2013)
National Youth Arts Award 2011, Best Dance Production and Best Performance Cleo Person (Class of 2013)
National Youth Arts Award 2012, Outstanding Dance Production and Individual Dance Performance
Choreography by Jose Limon, Anna Sokolow, Donald McKayle, Fred Benjamin and Christopher Huggins 2009-2012
SCPA dance students have continued on to the following summer and year-round professional training programs and companies:
Ballet Hispanico
Bates College
Bolshoi Ballet
California Ballet
City Ballet
Complexions Contemporary Ballet
Hubbard Street
Idyllwild School of Music and The Arts
Jacob’s Pillow
Jean Issacs’s San Diego Dance Theater
Joffrey Ballet
The Julliard School
Limon Intensive Program
Malashock Dance
Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance
The Pulse
San Diego Academy of Ballet
San Diego Ballet
San Francisco Ballet
...and have graduated from the following higher education institutions as Dance Majors:
Alvin Ailey/Fordham University
Bennington College
Boston Conservatory
California Arts Institute
California State University Fullerton
California State University Long Beach
San Diego State University
University of California Irvine
University of California Los Angeles
University of California San Diego
University of California Santa Barbara
University of California Santa Cruz
University of The Arts


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
Andrea Lemaitre
Ext. 2114 

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