Dance Department

Dance Teachers: Ms. Meredith Lazzaro, Mr. Cristian Lemus, and Ms. Corinne Luetje

Telephone: 301-649-8205


Teacher Bios

Meredith Lazzaro

Meredith Lazzaro attended high school at the Baltimore School For the Arts and then attended The University of Maryland, Baltimore County on a full four year dance scholarship. She lived in Manhattan for several years, performing with the LKB dance company and continued her dance studies at Broadway Dance Center, Paul Taylor Dance Company, Steps on Broadway and Dance New Amsterdam. Ms. Lazzaro performed with Cross Currents Dance Company(a DC based company) and was the co-founder of the dance company Movement/Addiction. She has been teaching dance in MCPS for over 9 years and has taught at James Hubert Blake High School and A. Mario Loiederman Middle School. Ms. Lazzaro's choreography has been comissioned and presented at the Joyce Soho(NYC), American College Dance festivals, MAPHERD conventions, Dance Place(DC), and numerous dance studios/summer intensives throughout the Baltimore, DC, and Virginia area. She is very excited to be a part of the Northwood Dance Department and Academy of Music, Theatre and Dance.


Cristian Lemus

Cristian Lemus is a teaching artist, dancer, and choreographer. He has been performing and teaching for eight years, focusing in several genres including Ballet, Modern, Jazz, and Latin dance styles like Salsa, Bachata, Flamenco, and the Cha-Cha. He has worked with various dance companies and artists in the Washington Metropolitan area including VF Dance Theater, Melder Dance Theater, and has performed in venues like the Kennedy Center, the Dixon Place (New York City), and Give Kids the World. After graduating as a student in MCPS, he decided to pursue a dance education. He has achieved an Associate Degree from Montgomery College, a Bachelor Degree in Dance from the University of Maryland College Park, and returned to obtain his Master of Education in Dance with a K-12 Teaching Certification in June 2017. Lemus believes that everyone has the ability to learn, explore, and produce through creative movement and the arts. He hopes to teach and inspire students through the art of dance, and is excited to be a part of the support that drives students to rise to success at Northwood High School.


Corinne Luetje

Corinne Luetje enjoys sharing the versatile art of dance with others, and believes in encouraging all students to aim high, to travel in positive directions, and to treat themselves and others with respect. Ms. Luetje received a Bachelor of Arts in Dance with Certification in Education from the University of Maryland Baltimore County and also holds an Associate of Arts degree in Teacher Education from Carroll Community College. She is a Maryland Distinguished Scholar in the Performing Arts and has a long history of studying and performing various genres of dance, having participated in membership with several dance companies in Maryland. She has been teaching dance in the private sector for 6 years and has assisted and choreographed for dance companies and festivals in both the private sector and public school systems. Ms. Luetje is looking forward to working with the students at Northwood High School and offering them new discoveries through dance education.


2017 - 2018 Course Offerings

9th Grade PE Dance Courses

Dance as PE - No prerequisite - This course is for students new to dance. All grades - Dance Pathway entry course for 9th graders. PE Credit.
Dance as PE explores movement as a creative art form. Student learning includes opportunities to develop kinesthetic awareness, proper body alignment, physical strength, flexibility, endurance, and care of the dance instrument while exploring improvisational and expressive movement and various forms of dance technique. Dance elements and basic principles of composition are studied and practiced. Through the study of dance in various cultures and historical periods, students broaden their understanding of dance as an art form. All students will perform in the Semester Dance Concert.

Level 1 Courses - Courses for the beginning dancer - grades 10-12. Fine Arts credit.

Dance as Fine Art - Level 1 Dance Course (also open to Level 2 and Level 3) - 10-12 Grades. Fine Art Credit.
Dance as Fine Art is a beginning course in dance (modern, jazz, ballet, and choreography) with an emphasis on technical development, aesthetic, historical, and cultural appreciation and the development of criteria for dance criticism. Students will be introduced to basic choreographic experiences as the means for communicating dance ideas and concepts. The historical, social, cultural, and aesthetic significance of dance will be interwoven throughout the study of each dance discipline. All students will perform in the Semester Dance Concert.

Dance courses at Northwood High SchoolBallet - Level 1 Dance Course (also open to Level 2 and Level 3) - 10-12 Grades. Fine Art Credit.
Ballet I is a beginning course in dance with an emphasis on technical development, aesthetic, historical, and cultural appreciation and the development of criteria for dance criticism. Students will be introduced to basic choreographic experiences as the means for communicating dance ideas and concepts. The historical, social, cultural, and aesthetic significance of dance will be interwoven throughout the study of each dance discipline. All students will perform in the Semester Dance Concert.

Level 2 Courses - Courses for the Intermediate Dancer - grades 10-12. Fine Arts credit.

Intermediate Dance - Level 2 Dance Course (also open to Level 3) - 10-12 Grades. Fine Art Credit.
Intermediate Dance is an extension of the dance concepts and techniques studied during Dance as Fine Art and Dance as PE. Dancers experience the role of both choreographer and dancer and have opportunities to present their work. Students are challenged technically through body alignment, critique and self-assessment. Through the study of dance in various cultures and historical periods, students broaden their understanding of dance as an art form. Students will explore connections with other art forms and subject areas. All students will perform in the Semester Dance Concert.

Hip Hop II- Level 2 Dance Course (also open to Level 3) - 10-12 Grades.
Hip Hop II is an intermediate course in dance with an emphasis on technical development, aesthetic, historical, and cultural appreciation and the development of criteria for dance criticism. Students will be introduced to basic choreographic experiences as the means for communicating dance ideas and concepts. The historical, social, cultural, and aesthetic significance of dance will be interwoven throughout the study of each dance discipline. All students will perform in the Semester Dance Concert.

Modern II- Level 2 Dance Course (also open to Level 3) - 10-12 Grades.
Fine Art Credit. Modern II is an intermediate course and is an extension of the dance concepts and techniques studied during Level 1 courses. Students experience the role of both choreographer and dancer and have opportunities to present their work. Students are challenged technically through body alignment, critique and self-assessment. Through the study of dance in various cultures and historical periods, students broaden their understanding of dance as an art form. Students will explore connections with other art forms and subject areas. All students will perform in the Semester Dance Concert.

Level 3 Courses - Courses for the Advanced Dancer - grades 10-12. Fine Arts credit.

Advanced Dance - Level III Dance Course - 10-12 Grades. Fine Art Credit.
Advanced Dance is an extension of the dance concepts and techniques studied during Intermediate Dance. Students experience the role of both choreographer and dancer and have opportunities to present their work. Students are challenged technically through body alignment, critique and self-assessment. Through the study of dance in various cultures and historical periods, students broaden their understanding of dance as an art form. Students will explore connections with other art forms and subject areas. All students will perform in the Semester Dance Concert.

Jazz III- Level 3 Dance Course- 10-12 Grades. Fine Art Credit.
Jazz III is an advanced course and is an extension of the dance concepts and techniques studied during Level 2 courses. Students experience an emphasis on technical development, aesthetic, historical, and cultural appreciation and the development of criteria for dance criticism. Students will continue their study in choreographic experiences as the means for communicating dance ideas and concepts. Students are challenged technically through body alignment, critique and self-assessment. The historical, social, cultural, and aesthetic significance of dance will be interwoven throughout the study of Jazz Dance. All students will perform in the Semester Dance Concert.

Audition Only

Dance Company – Audition only for 10-12 Graders - all levels. Fine Art Credit.
This audition only Dance Company provides students with the opportunity to develop an advanced level of dance technique and refine their skills as both choreographer and performer. Students apply their creative and technical knowledge and skills through a variety of production and performance opportunities. Using expanded aesthetic criteria students analyze, synthesize, and evaluate their own choreography as well as works of others. The Dance Company will perform in the Winter and Spring Dance Concerts in addition to attending Dance Festivals and other dance related trips. They will also participate in Dance Residencies with guest artists.


Video

Greg Fountain Hip Hop Residency - May 2014

"Justin Timberlake Tribute"

Video courtesy of John Gunnison.

Winter Dance Concert - January 2015

"In My Tribe" - https://youtu.be/B_nqJxrXj3w

Video courtesy of John Gunnison.

Spring Dance Concert - May 2015

"Immortal" - https://youtu.be/zYNpFhlExyU>

Video courtesy of John Gunnison.