Kristen Grippo

Kristen Grippo



Dance
Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced
Beginning & Intermediate Athletic Movement
Pulse Dance Company

Room:3116

kristen.grippo@gilbertschools.net


Welcome! 

Beginning Dance is an introductory level course that explores basic concepts in dance as an art form, studies its history and the importance of dance in society and culture. The students are exposed to many forms of dance, including but not limited to ballet, modern, jazz, hip-hop and contemporary dance. The creative process is also a large part of each of the technique units that are taught. The students are required to dance in the spring concert, which requires a few days of after school commitment, and they will also have the opportunity to audition for one after-school extra dance in the spring.

Athletic Movement (Beginning & Intermediate) concentrates on developing functional movement patterns for the male mover/athlete.  This course focuses on increasing one's mobility, agility, strength, flexibility and endurance while studying the following disciplines of movement: Tumbling, Capoeira, Hip-Hop (b-boying, locking & popping), Muay Thai, Contact Improvisation/Wrestling and Parkour.  Students are required to perform in the spring dance concert, which requires a few days of after school commitment, they will also have the opportunity to audition for an after-school extra dance in the spring. (Intermediate Athletic Movement may be repeated for credit)

Intermediate Dance concentrates on technique and furthers the exploration of dance history, choreography, kinesiology, body awareness, and performance, in the dance styles listed above. Students are expected to research and choreograph a group piece spring semester and required to adjudicate it for the Spring Concert.  Intermediate students are required to perform a class dance in both the fall and spring concert and also have the opportunity to audition for one after-school extra dance in the fall and two in the spring.  Intermediate dancers have the opportunity to adjudicate an after-school extra dance for the Spring Concert. All students—regardless of previous training or prior enrollment in Intermediate Dance—must audition in the spring every year. (Course may be repeated for credit.)

Advanced Dance concentrates on technique and performance while studying the various styles and modalities of dance training. Students are required to perform in two or more class dances in both the Fall and Spring Concerts. Students are expected to research, choreograph and adjudicate a group piece for both semesters. Advanced dancers have the opportunity to adjudicate work and audition as a dancer for two after-school extra dances in the fall and three in the spring.  All students—regardless of previous training or prior enrollment in Advanced Dance—must audition in the spring every year. (Course may be repeated for credit.)

Pulse Dance Company—This elite course goes beyond Advanced Dance and concentrates on performance. It is designed for the technically advanced dancer who wishes to gain a professional dance experience at DRHS and within the dance community. PDC is designed to develop versatile dancers, sound choreographic artists and strong advocates for the arts by providing valuable and diverse performing experiences. In addition to a 1-hour class during the school day, PDC requires after school commitments throughout the year. Members are required to adjudicate choreography throughout the year as part of their grade. Members may audition to be in two extra dances in the fall and three in the spring concert. All students—regardless of previous training or prior enrollment in Pulse—must audition in the spring every year. (Course may be repeated for credit.)

About Me

Kristen Grippo is the 2015 Katherine Lindholm-Lane Arizona Dance Educator of the Year. She is the Artistic Director of Dance at Desert Ridge High School (since 2004), where she directs the Pulse Dance Company, created Athletic Movement (the first all-male dance class), and  co-founded a chapter of the National Honors Society for Dance Arts. Kristen is a past-President of the Arizona Dance Education Organization, former director of Summer Arts Academy, and has performed throughout the Valley with Movement Source Dance Company and Rayn Dance Theatre. She earned a B.F.A. in Dance and Secondary Education from Arizona State University and her M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction and Bilingual/Multicultural Education from Northern Arizona University. 

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