The Dance Program at Oaks Christian School challenges our students' minds and bodies by developing and focusing on technique, creativity, physical capabilities, personal expression, endurance, rhythm and choreography.We teach students to effectively express themselves through dance, and help nurture the growth of their confidence through performance opportunities in class and within our community.
Dance class is offered in middle school (levels 1 and 2) and in high school (levels 1 - 5). Each course provides knowledge and experience in a broad range of styles including, but not limited to, ballet, jazz, hip-hop, contemporary, modern/lyrical, tap, improvisation, choreography and composition. Students may also audition to be on the award-winning Oaks Christian Dance Team which performs at football and basketball games, chapels, pep-rallies and also competes at local dance competitions.
All students within the dance program will have an opportunity to perform in the Advanced Dance Showcase, the annual OCS dance production, the choreography showcase, the spring bare bones production, participate in master classes, be encouraged to attend other dance productions, and choreograph their own dances.
The dance program aspires to introduce, educate, and foster an appreciation of the art of dance in the hearts and minds of all students.
Caitlin Klipp is the current Oaks Christian High School Dance Teacher and Director. She teaches the high school dance class levels one through four and produces the annual dance show, spring bare bones and student choreography showcase. Caitlin has received her B.S. in Kinesiology with an emphasis in exercise science from California State University Northridge, a M.A. in Education Technology and her teaching credential from Azusa Pacific University. She has been a member of the dance crews Mischief Makers, directed by Beau Fournier, Asylum Dance Company, and CSUN Hip Hop Team. Caitlin has danced professionally for many years, performing for KIIS-FM, and can also be seen in the movie Jump the Broom, a musical. Caitlin has worked with and choreographed for local high school dance programs and dance teams, and has also been on faculty at dance studios with classes ranging from recreational to competition/pre-professional. Caitlin has a serious passion for dance and for sharing that love with her students. She strives to create dancers who appreciate dance and she desires to challenge them in performance, choreography and technique, and to help them to grow as performers and artists.
Ashley Paige Gomez is the current Oaks Christian Middle School Dance and High School Dance Team Director. A graduate of Loyola Marymount University with a B.A. in Dance, she has been professionally dancing since the age of 18 when she was signed with the Los Angeles agency McDonald Selznick and Associates. Since then she has worked commercially with Gladys Knight and the Pips, Nip/Tuck, MTV, Tina Landon, Les Girls, Wayne Brady, and Rihanna, amongst others. Ashley was a principal dancer with BARE Dance company directed by Mike Esperanza for six years. She is currently a principal dancer with ENTITY Contemporary Dance Company directed by Marissa Osato and Will Johnston. Working professionally since 2004 has taught her multitudes about passion, consistency, and preparation. She is constantly performing and training so that she can pass on her growing expertise to her dancers. Ashley’s desire is to encourage students to grow deeper in their art and find the connection between dance and faith. Her dance lessons, camps, and teams are a combination of technical training, performance enhancement, chorographic instruction, and improvisational direction.