Like with other forms of arts education, dance is shown to improve overall academic performance, particularly contributing to creative thinking and abstract thought. At Santa Fe High School, dance and other performing arts classes are electives. Dance can also be used to fulfill the graduation requirement for physical education.
The Dance Program offers three levels of technique classes. Students with little or no experience in dance can take Dance I and students who have previous experience or currently take dance classes outside of school can take Dance II. Students wishing to take Dance III must have instructor approval and must be in 10th, 11th or 12th grade. The Dance Repertory class is a choreography class and is open to 10th-12th graders. The Dance, Theater, Choir and Band programs work together on Musical Theater.
The Dance Program includes a Dance Club! The club meets during lunch once monthly and holds rehearsals as needed. Club members learn choreography that is presented at a Dance Concert in the Santa Fe High theater in January, open houses, middle school visits, the Capital City Dance Conference, and other public events. Any student at SFHS can join the club; they do not need to be enrolled in a dance class. Club choreography covers a wide range of styles, from serious contemporary pieces about important issues to just-for-fun crazy hip hop and break dances. Student choreographers and dancers are both welcome.
Dancers may also join the National Honor Society for Dance Arts run through the Dance Club. This is a nationally recognized society through which students earn points. Students who earn enough points through participation, leadership and collaboration in dance activities may choose to wear the NHSDA Honor Cord and Pin on their graduation gown. Membership is recognized by colleges nationwide. For more information, contact Donna Scheer.
Santa Fe, NM
Donna Scheer has performed, directed and choreographed throughout the country. Her principal roles include Anita (West Side Story), Velma (Chicago), Patsy (Always, Patsy Cline) and Katherine (The Taming of the Shrew). In New York, she appeared in the premiere of Dear Esther (Esther) and in the regional premiere of Angels in America: Perestroika (Harper). Her choreography for everything from dinner theater musical revues to modern dance pieces has been seen in regional and stock theaters across the United States. She has directed or choreographed, among some 35 major performances, Damn Yankees, And the World Goes 'Round, Carousel, and A Little Night Music. She has served as an adjudicator for the Tilles Dance Conference for high school students in New York and has been a guest teacher for the American College Dance Festival. She holds bachelor's and master's degrees in theater and dance, has been on the faculty at several universities, and has served as the director of the School for Performing Arts at the National Dance Institute-New Mexico. Contact Donna Scheer.
Bridgit Luján, who has been studying dance since age 2, has masters' degrees in dance and international business from the University of New Mexico and has directed her own flamenco touring company since 2003. She has taught at the University of New Mexico, Santa Fe Community College, and Albuquerque Public Schools and is currently teaching at Central New Mexico Community College in addition to Santa Fe High School. In 2013, she became the first American Flamenco dance teacher to be an endorsed member of the Asociacion de Profesores de Danza Española y Flamenco of Madrid, Spain. In 2016, she was honored as an alumnus of UNM’s Anderson School of Management and received the Inspirational Young Alumnus Award from the school's alumni association.
Donate to the Dance Program
You can donate to the Dance Program online by clicking on the button below. Donations to public schools are tax deductible. The Santa Fe High Dance Program also takes donations by mail or in person. Contact Dance Director Donna Scheer for more information.