Ms. Kastner, who majored in dance at UCI with minor in education, has an extensive dance background dating back to when she was five years old. Since then she had performed in various hip hop instructional videos, parades at the magical world of Disneyland and the Disney Channel Movie "Gotta Kick It Up". She also choreographs a high school show choir and teaches dance at a studio twice a week. Yet, with such a busy schedule she manages to find the time to put together new pieces of choreography for her students every week.
When asked why she decided to offer this class at Costa Mesa HS, Ms. Kastner said she had always planned on teaching dance and aspired to teach it to the high school level. "Dance is my life, it’s what I love to do" she says and is just glad to be able to give students the opportunity to dance instead of running on the field everyday without enjoying what they are doing. The purpose of the dance class is to keep kids active and having fun.
Her plans are to focus each month on a different style of dance and going through the various types of dance from hip hop, to jazz, to Latin dancing.
This past Friday, Sept. 23rd, the class performed two hip hop pieces that they recently learned exclusively for cmhsnews.com. Ms.Kastner also provided us with a brief clip of her performing to "Who's That Chick" by Rihanna. The class is currently up and running, consisting of more than 20 girls and one boy.
Currently, there are plans of expanding the class into sections of beginner, intermediate, and advanced as time progresses and more students take part in the course. Costa Mesa High School's Dance class could possibly very soon turn into a dance team, competing against schools such as Newport Harbor and Corona Del Mar.
by Jen Melendez