Dance Spring Showcase: Amalgamation

Members of the Vanguard Dance Company and Vizion Crew at the Spring Sports Assembly: (bottom left) Sohel Bagai, Dustin Nguyen, Ryan Takata, Stephen Le, Justin Luong, Mia Vasquez, Kate Ayala, Isabella Perez, Avery Miles, Vanessa Carroll, Elizabeth Raburn, Alondra Sanchez, Julia Atkinson, Lilia Bour, Donna Gaytan, Ashley Ramynke, Hayley Hoey, and Catheryne Bernal.

Ashley Ramynke, Copy/Music Editor

May 7, 2018

   Amalgamation is commonly defined as the action, process, or result of combining or uniting; a fitting theme for the dance department’s annual spring showcase on May 24 and 25, to represent the integration of first-year teacher Ms. Keeley into the dance department.   Born and raised in Orang...

Spring into the Arts Festival

Junior Vanessa Carroll does an arabesque  in the Nature Center  (Photo via Justin Luong).

Ashley Ramynke, Copy/Music Editor

May 7, 2018

   The 2018 Spring into the Arts Festival occurring on May 30 in the Nature Center during periods one through four and after school beginning at 4 p.m., is a collaboration between the different branches of the performing and visual arts department.   Integrating the themes of rebirth and the jubilation of spr...

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...

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...

El Modena’s Third Annual Cheer Showcase

A group photo of all of the 2017 showcase participants: El Modena Cheer, Vanguard Dance Company, Vizion Crew, Mini-Cheerleaders, Santiago MS Cheer, Foothill JV Cheer, Northview Varsity Cheer, and Orange Varsity Cheer

Scarlet Edwards, Copy/Style Editor

February 13, 2017

  The El Modena Cheer Showcase has been a fixture to the cheer program ever since the addition of coaches Hayley Curtis and Melissa Bickler in 2014, and the addition of cheer advisor Mrs. Mull in 2015. This event is the biggest fundraiser for the cheer program the entire year, having drawn in a crowd o...

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. ...

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...

Champions of Dance

The Vanguard Dance Company after their win at Sharp International Dance Competition.

Mackenzie Watkins, Advertising Editor

May 1, 2016

This weekend, El Modena’s Vanguard Dance Company got to take their beautiful leaps, pirouettes, chasses, and precision filled performances to the big stage at Sharp International Dance Competition. The team came home with smiles plastered on their faces coming away from a clean sweep. Senior Kelsey M...

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