Moreau’s Dance Program boasts five levels of full-year, University of California (UC) accredited courses, including the first honors dance class on the West Coast, plus semester-long courses in social dance and jazz dance. Dancers of all technical experience are welcome and encouraged to join the program.
Students with little or no formal dance training can enter the program at the dance focus level, where they will develop their technical skills while building knowledge of dance as a performing art. Students with one or more years of experience are invited to audition into higher-level classes, where they can continue to hone their artistry.
The Dance Department produces three concerts each academic year, which include, a winter concert, a spring concert and a student choreographer’s showcase in February. All students can perform in our winter and spring concerts.
Started in Fall 2016, the dance program continues to offer a year-long evening dance class. This UC-eligible course is designed for advanced-beginning and intermediate students. It is geared toward students who are interested in gaining the benefits of dance, but who otherwise would not be able to take the course in a traditional course schedule. The course focus is on building strength, flexibility, functional alignment, and coordination. Performance in the concerts is optional and encouraged, but not required.
Dance Focus • Concert Dance • Concert Dance Evening • Dance Ensemble I & II • Honors Dance • Social Dance • Intermediate Social Dance
VAPA Department Chair and Director of Dance Angela Demmel is an artist educator whose work is deeply rooted in the Bay Area dance community. She has developed and teaches a four-tiered dance program that has been honored by the University of California Regents and the Association of Holy Cross Educators. She choreographs in a broad range of styles, including contemporary, musical theatre, jazz and dance theatre. In addition to her work at Moreau, Demmel’s choreography has been featured in several seasons of the Vision Series, the Dance IS Festival, the Renaud-Wilson Dance Festival, Works in the Works, and ODC’s Pilot 56 among other events.
Her choreography has also been shown at CSU-East Bay, University of Oregon, Mills College and with Golden Thread Theatre in San Francisco and Cairo, Egypt. She has danced locally in the works of Margaret Jenkins, Eric Kupers, Kimiko Guthrie, Laura Elaine Ellis, Nancy Lyons, Nina Haft, Shinichi Lova-Koga and Molissa Fenley. Angela is an alumna of CSU-East Bay’s Department of Theatre and Dance, where she is also a lecturer. She completed her Masters of Fine Arts in Choreography and Performance at Mills College.