The History Behind Masquerade

Morgan Hill, photographer

February 5, 2020

For many years people have gathered together to celebrate different events. In these times of celebration a masquerade party or ball has been one of the most popular and persistent party themes. The idea of masquerade celebrations has evolved over thousands of years, but where did this themed idea begin? The...

Winter Formal Court Interview with Jacob Rodriguez

Jacob Rodriguez

Ashley Lewis, Social Media Manager

February 3, 2020

Frontline: “How does it feel to be on the court?” Jacob Rodriguez: “Honestly it had to be a mistake, robotics boy making winter formal court.” FR: “What clubs are you apart of?” JR: “I’m the president of the city robotics team, founder of SHPE, and the founder of Academic Decathlon....

Dance Rules

Dance Rules

Jenny Hamburg, Ads and Distribution Editor/ Photographer

January 23, 2018

   Winter formal is coming up on February 3rd at Fête the Venue in Costa Mesa and there are a few important things students need to remember. When one arrives to the dance, one must show his/her student ID to be admitted. The doors will close 90 minutes after the dance has begun, and no students will...

It’s “Another Day of Sun” at the Second Annual Fall Festival of the Arts

Ms. Keeley and the girls of the Vanguard Dance Company at the second annual Fall Festival of the Arts (Photo via Justin Luong).

Ashley Ramynke, Copy/Music Editor

October 30, 2017

Walking into the Nature Center on the sunny day of October 27, 2017, the tap of feet complimented the jazzy intro to “Another Day of Sun” from the Oscar winning film “La La Land.” The broadway-esque dance choreographed by Professional Dance and Art of Dance Composition teacher, Ms. Claire Keeley,...

Stud of the Month: Vanessa Carroll

Vanessa Carroll mid-air whilst doing a grand jeté at the Fall Sports Assembly on September 22, 2017 (Photo via Matthew Cortez).

Ashley Ramynke, Copy/Music Editor

October 30, 2017

As the Collaborative Technology Program’s junior class president, Vanguard Dance Company’s co-captain, and competitive dancer at South Coast Performing Arts, junior Vanessa Carroll finds a harmonious balance between academics and athletics amongst the chaos of life. Carroll began dancing at the...

Justis Pearce is Captain of Smurfkids and Kingsman All Male

Pearce alongside fellow members of Kingsman All Male after a performance at the San Clemente Fair on on August 13, 2017 (Photo via @smurfkidstustin on Instagram).

Ashley Ramynke, Copy/Music Editor

September 28, 2017

Sophomore Justis Pearce’s hard-hitting hip hop style has led him to become captain of Orange County-based dance crews Smurfkids and Kingsman All Male. Based on his advanced ability to comprehend all forms of hip hop dancing and aspirations to push himself and his fellow dancers, both hip hop crews ...

The New Face of the Vizion Crew

Members Ryan Takata(left) and Stephen Le(right), (Justin Luong not shown)

Toni Hernandez, Staff Writer

August 28, 2017

On August 18, at the Hello Assembly we were introduced to the new face of Vizion Crew. This is when the dancers performed for the first time as Vizion Crew.   Frontline: What made you three decide to join the dance crew? Stephen Le: It’s a cool hobby and I wanted to prove everyone wrong by a...

El Modena Dance Showcase

VDC and VC at Disneyland: (left to right) Kyle P., Justis Pearce, Dorian McHenry, Kayle Solis, Donna Gaytan, Francisco Flores, Julia Atkinson, Sophia Pracillio, Hayley Hoey, Mia Vasquez, Megan Formancowiz, Avery Miles, Kaylee Nguyen, Isabella Perez, Vanessa Carroll, Lilia Bour, Kate Ayala, Alyssa Farnsworth, Ashley Ramynke, Stela Martinez, Christian Bernard, Israel Rios, and Troy Nishimoto.

Ashley Ramynke, Feature Editor

May 5, 2017

The aroma of hairspray, blinding lights, and twirling costumes can only mean one thing—the El Modena Dance Showcase is just around the corner. The yearly event showcases dance routines performed throughout the 2016-2017 school year at assemblies and competitions, and features projects on the art of...

Vanguard Dance Company and Vizion Crew Place Third

Makenna Snow's lyrical small group (left to right): Vanessa Carroll, Mia Vasquez, Sophia Pracilio, Christian B., Kaylee Nguyen, and Kayle Solis

Ashley Ramynke, Feature Editor

February 12, 2017

   At West Coast Elite hosted by Beckman High School, Vanguard Dance Company and Vizion Crew came in tow with four dances ranging from lyrical to hip hop. The team's big wins of the night included the large hip hop co-ed dance placing third and Vizion Crew also placing third in the all-male division. ...

From Calculus to Choreography

First place winners at the fifth annual Dancing with the Teacher after their victory

Ashley Ramynke, Feature Editor

December 10, 2016

For weeks the El Modena campus was covered in a plethora of everything from flyers to pins to advertise the fifth annual Dancing with the Teachers, with the suspenseful tagline of, “Who will win?” We can now proclaim that calculus teacher Ms. Lissner alongside Megan Formanowicz and Sophia Pracil...

Midwest Mentality, West Coast Sass

Dancer Mia Vasquez showcases an acrobatic tricks in front of a beautiful lake sceneary

Ashley Ramynke, Feature Editor

September 30, 2016

Pursuing show business and a need for a change of scenery, sophomore Mia Vasquez moved from the Midwest to the West Coast. With proficiency in dancing and talents in acting and singing, this triple threat recently danced alongside "Dance Moms" star Maddie Ziegler on Nickelodeon's TV series “Nicky, Ricky,...

No Rest for the Fabulous

The Vanguard Dance Company grooves to

Ashley Ramynke, Feature Editor

September 2, 2016

What right do classically trained dancers have to reinvent their style to fit hard-hitting hip hop? The Vanguard Dance Company challenges this paradigm by producing choreography that includes moves from the roots of hip hop. Creating a better understanding and respect for one of the world’s most widespread...

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