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American Leadership Academy, Gilbert North is proud to have one of the largest Dance programs in ALA!  Over one-third of ALA GNHS students participate in one form of dance each year! Our dance classes start at the beginning level for both Dance and Ballroom (or Social Dance as it is called in Junior High,) quickly moving on to intermediate and advanced levels, and then on to dance teams.  Students learn about all genres of dance movement throughout the year and eventually learn to choreograph their own routines in both the Junior and Senior High School beginning Dance and Ballroom classes.  Students showcase their hard work during our school performances!

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Meet Gilbert North 7-12's dance teachers

Chelsea Buss

Sydney Graff

Sydney Graff

My name is Sydney Graff, and 2019-2020 is my 5th year teaching.  I have taught every grade level ranging from Kindergarten to seniors in High School. I've taught PE, Health, Weights, Social Dance, Dance, Yearbook, and Study Skills. I also coach cross country and track. I love ALA and I feel so lucky that I get to interact with such excellent young people every day. 

I graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Education and minor in Dance Education from Utah Valley University in 2014. In college I was the recipient of several scholarships, including scholarships earned from competing in pageants. As a title holder, my service hours were spent volunteering as a Movement Specialist at local elementary schools, tutoring middle school and high school students, and teaching at a local Boys and Girls club. I  also worked as a gymnastics coach during those years.

Growing up I loved competing in lacrosse, track, cross country, dance, gymnastics, figure ice skating, and our famous town ATV rodeo! I am married and have two adorable Cavalier-Maltese dogs. We love outdoor adventures like boating, trail running, skiing, and four-wheeling.

Chelsea Buss

Hi, my name is Ms. Buss and I am one of the dance teachers here at ALA Gilbert North. I am in my 4th year teaching. I am excited to motivate your children to learn, demonstrate, and pursue their enthusiasm for dance!  Outside of teaching, I love spending time with my family, friends and puppy.  I enjoy outdoor activities, shopping, and traveling the world.  I also teach Pilates a few days a week at a local studio. 

I began dancing at the age of two and was a participant of a performing dance team for several years.  As I grew older, I was invited to join an elite, competitive dance company, which enabled me to travel all over the country.   I recently graduated from Grand Canyon University with a Bachelor's Degree in Dance Education.  I have both trained and taught in a multitude of styles including Jazz, Musical Theatre, Ballet, Contemporary, Ballroom, and Modern.  While attending college, I have taught at several dance studios in the East Valley and enjoy working with students to discover their passion for dance! I am so excited to join the journey into the ALA dance program!!!

2020-2021 Dance Production Schedule

  • December 3rd & 4th-Advanced Dance Concert
  • December 12th-Beginner Dance Concert
  • May 6th & 7th-Advanced Dance Concert
  • May 15th-Beginner Dance Concert

Dance news, events, and resources

Sydney Graff

Due to the state mandated closure, Spring concert dates needed to be changed. These dates are still tentative and contingent upon state regulations for school closures. 

Advanced Dance Concert (Advanced, Advanced Ballroom, Dance Company, Ballroom Team)

May 12-13: Dress and Tech Rehearsals 3-9pm

May 14-15: Advanced Dance Concerts at 7pm

Beginning Dance Concert (Dance 1 and Social Dance)

May 16: Rehearsal 9am-2pm and shows from 4pm & 7pm

We will keep you updated if things change. Thank you!

Sydney Graff

This will be an exciting year in dance. Dance students will be learning several different techniques, choreography tools, and getting performance experience! 

Mark your calendars for the concerts: 

Fall Dance Concert December 5th and 6th

Advanced Dance Spring Dance Concert  May 7 & 8

Beginning Dance Classes Concert April 30th and May 1st (mandatory after school rehearsal on April 29th)

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