• Our Dance Program is one of five programs that make up the SCPHS Fine Arts Department. It consists of several entities in which our Dance students can  participate. This includes four levels of Concert dance Instruction; Introduction to Dance, Beginning Dance, Intermediate Dance, and Advance Dance. Though not required, students audition for selection, and are trained and strongly encouraged to remain in Dance throughout their high school career. 

    Together, our Professional Dance Instructors, Mrs. Gloria L.Chatman and Mr. Ricky Davis bring a wealth of experience and enthusiam to Southland, leaving the students fully enriched and prepared to persue a Dance career in college, should they choose. Students are required to learn Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Modern, Contemporary, Ballroom, and Folk Dance, as they matriculate throughout this four-year program. Additionally, we offer a Dance Appreciation class to students who desire to understand the history of Dance through didactic and non-performance, experiential instruction.

    Dance Appreciation I This class is geared towards the students who are interested in understanding the Appreciation of Dance. Students’ will learn about the history, various styles, and dance pioneers, through the vehicle of basic individual and group assignments, class research projects, exploratory excercises, and didactic instruction.

    Dance Appreciation II For 11th and 12th Grade. This class is geared towards the students who are interested in understanding the Appreciation of Dance. Students’ skills in critiquing, writing, and public speaking, will be strongly reinforced, as they learn about the history, various styles, and dance pioneers, through the vehicle of research presentations, exploratory excercises, and didactic instruction.

    Introduction to Dance is a class for all students who are interested in dance but have little to know previous experience. Students will receive instruction in Dance appreciation, history, and theory, along with an introduction to basic dance technique in Ballet, Jazz, Contemporary, and Modern, as a preparation for Dance 1. This class is by audition along with SCPHS Dance Teacher recommendation, for future assessment/placement purposes into Beginning Dance.

    Beginning Dance is a class for all students who are interested in dance and  either have taken Introduction to Dance and/or some  previous basic dance training in one or more dance genres. Students will receive instruction in Dance theory, along with dance technique in Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Contemporary, and Modern, as a preparation for Intermediate Dance. This class is by audition for assessment/placement purposes only. 

    Intermediate Dance is a class for all students who have had some previous dance experience and formal Dance training in one or more dance genres. Students will receive instruction in Dance theory, along with dance technique in Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Contemporary, and Modern, as a preparation for Intermediate Dance II, III, or IV, and/or Advance Dance. This class is by audition for assessment/placement purposes only.

    Advance Dance is a class for all students who have had a minimum of two years of previous formal dance training in at least one or more Dance genres, along with SCPHS Dance Teacher recommendation. Students will receive advanced level Dance technique instruction and choreography, in Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Contemporary, and Modern, as a preparation for Advance Dance II, III, or IV, and/or Competitive Dance. This class is by audition for assessment/placement purposes only. 

    The SCPHS Dance Program also consist of a high performance rigor:

    Our Marching Lady Eagles are our Marching Dancers who perform along with our Ambassador Marching Band, at all performances, parades, and several atheletic events.

    Our SCPHS Legacy Dancers are our newly added competetive Advances Performing Dancers. These Dancers travel throughout the country to perform and compete locally and nationally. In 2022, the Legacy Dancers were selected to perform at the National High School Dance Festival, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, as well as the 2023 NAACP Gala, in Downtown Chicago,Il. Legacy Dancers are always welcome return, once graduated, and join us to perform as our guest alumni.

    This year, we will add more competitions to our program, beginning with the Chicago Classic, "Battle of the Bands in September 2023, and the Illinois High School Dance Festival in April 2024.

    Our Dance students rehearse Monday through Thursday, 3:30pm-6:00pm, and Saturdays, 9:00am-1:00pm. Performances include three major performances per year; Winter Concert, Black History Concert, and Spring Concert. Additionally, we receive several invitations to perform throughout the year, providing the Dancers with a plethora of performance enrichment.