Hello! I am Stefani Berger, Director of The Dance Department here at College Prep. I'd like to tell you about our program, and want you to know that we have an incredible Dance Department!
Anyone who wants to learn how to dance can find an opportunity to do so. Whether you are new to dance, or are a dancer with exceptional training, we have the level and performance opportunity to challenge and stimulate you to grow as a dance-artist. We work on a very professional level in class all the while creating a deep and meaningful dance community. Did I mention FUN? Oh and that we have guys who dance at all levels in the program? We laugh and sweat and work together in a supportive environment based on mutual trust and cooperation.
We have 3 levels of classes: beginning, intermediate, and advanced, plus an after-school audition-based performing dance group (PDG) for the most advanced dancers.
We perform all year long in every possible venue available: here at College Prep, at other schools, in high school dance festivals, at senior centers, and in theaters throughout the Bay Area.
The focus of the dance program is 20th century modern dance with an emphasis on African American choreographers. The techniques that I teach are those of Lester Horton, Jose Limon, Martha Graham, Katherine Dunham, and Alvin Ailey. My personal goal is to incorporate diversity in dance style, technique, culture, and music, and to work collaboratively with students and teachers alike. I bring in Guest Choreographers so that dancers have an opportunity to continually stretch themselves as dancers and artists alike.
I believe that engaging in dance is a deeply humanizing experience. It is fun, immensely challenging, and pushes us to discover who we really are. Through dance we connect and come home to our true self!
I invite you to come participate in our dance program. I look forward to meeting you and answering any questions that you may have. Please email me at: Stefani@college-prep.org or call me at school (510) 420-2358 and I will be sure to get in touch with you.
Student Comments 2013:
"The thought of dance class motivates me when I don't want to get up in the morning. (Really it does.) Stefani is such an inspirational teacher and person. She is the best! Dance is my favorite class and is one of the highlights of my day. She makes dance class amazing!"
"The dance room is such a safe haven for the stressed student. Stefani is always looking out for everyone- she checks in with all of us to see how we're doing. I love how she shows so much interest in our lives, and how she demonstrates her passion for dance on the daily."
"Dance class is so extremely supportive and caring. It is a place where I can begin to believe in myself, even when I didn't before."
"Dance class is the reason why we ever care about core/abs. Aside from that, this is the place where we can eat PB&J when we forget lunch, have a place to nap during free periods, have stretch class almost whenever we need, brew hot tea on cold days and have 45 minutes to de-stress everyday."
"The thing I admire about Stefani and dance class is her ability to be authoritative, artistic and encouraging all at the same time. She keeps her dancers stretching, and testing themselves and succeeding and full of joy."
"I'm so lucky to have dance teachers at College Prep who I can look up to as professional artists, and as kind and caring human beings. This is all to say nothing of how much fun I have challenging myself in dance class!"