Performing arts education has been linked to success in high school, college, career, and beyond. Students learn unique skills and values through participation in the performing arts, including creativity, collaboration, problem-solving, dedication, and empathy, all of which are necessary in our diverse and innovative culture.
Arts education develops thinking skills and capacities that are key to success in the 21st century workforce by equipping students with creative, problem-solving abilities; building collaboration and communication skills; and developing leadership skills and capacity. the arts education partnership
Laguna Beach High School's award winning performing arts programs offer comprehensive training and performance opportunities in music, dance, and theatre, led by accomplished faculty and staff members. The performing arts programs provide a safe, supportive community through which students flourish as artists and as individuals.
The Choral Music Department at Laguna Beach High School is dedicated to the development of each individual student's musical abilities and fueling each singer's personal passion for singing. The Choral Program does this by focusing instruction on healthy vocal technique, musicianship skills - including sight-reading and music theory, solo singing technique, and choral ensemble singing technique. The program is always growing and we are excited for the future for the department and each of these talented artists as they continue their musical education.
The LBHS Dance Program is affiliated with the College and Career Advantage (CCA) Program. All of our courses are based on a comprehensive, yearlong dance curriculum, and all of the students are required to participate in our annual Spring Dance Concert. Each course provides knowledge and experience in a broad range of styles including, but not limited to: Ballet, Jazz, Hip-Hop, Modern/Lyrical, Musical Theatre, Tap, Improvisation, and Composition. Depending on the level of study, there are also assignments and activities related to critically analyzing dance, learning about the history of dance, practicing improvisation skills, composing or choreographing original works, understanding anatomy & health from a dancer's perspective, managing dance productions, and pursuing dance as a college or career pathway. There are also opportunities for students to train with professional guest choreographers as well as create and present their own work.
Follow this link for the 2023-2024 Dance Company Audition Packet.
Follow this link for a Description of the LBHS Dance Program Courses.
IMPORTANT UPCOMING DATES
- DANCE 2 PLACEMENT EXAM: Friday, August 11 from 9-10am in the LBHS Dance Room
- DANCE CO APPLICATIONS DUE: Friday, May 12 by 11:59pm
- DANCE CO AUDITION WORKSHOPS: Tuesday, May 23 from 4-6pm in the LBHS Dance Room
- DANCE CO AUDITION DAY: Thursday, May 25 from 4:30-6:30pm in the LBHS Dance Room.
Follow this link for our Dance Boosters Website. Support the Dance Boosters by purchasing business and/or student tribute ads for our annual dance concerts. Donations to LBHS Dance are tax deductible and help us provide a meaningful dance education experience for our students!
Concerts are held in the Artist's Theatre located on the campus of LBHS.
Fall Dance Concert 2022, "Inspire"
Friday, November 18 and Saturday, November 19 @ 7:00pm
Spring Dance Concert 2023, "Perspective"
Thursday, April 27, Friday, April 28 and Saturday, April 29 @ 7:00pm
- Dance 1 - Beginning; Open Access; VAPA or PE credit; not part of the CTE Pathway
- Dance 2 - Intermediate; Placement Required; VAPA or PE credit; UC approved; CTE Concentrator Course
- Dance 3 - Advanced; Placement Required; VAPA or PE credit; UC approved; CTE Capstone Course
- Dance 4 - Student Leadership; Placement Required: VAPA or PE credit; UC approved; CTE Extra Offering Course
- Dance Company Honors - Pre-Professional; Audition Required; VAPA or PE credit; UC approved; CTE Extra Offering Course
Placement Information for Incoming Freshmen & New/Transfer Students
Counselors will automatically enroll you in Dance 1 because this is the only open access course that does not require placement. A student can bypass this course by attending a placement exam for Dance 2. Placement exams for Dance 2 take place on Breaker Day each year along with any Dance Company auditions for new/transfer students only. There are no placement exams for Dance 3 or Dance 4 since those courses are part of the Career Technical Education Pathway and require prerequisites.
The Brush & Palette (May 2019): Celebration Rocks the Laguna Artist's Theatre
The Indy (Oct 2017): Laguna Beach High School Dance Company Entertains NFL Fans
Laguna Beach Magazine (Sept 2016): Center Stage
OC Register (Apr 2016): Upcoming ABT test keeps Laguna Beach dancers on their toes
The Indy (Dec 2014): Dance Makes A "Shift" with New School Director
Coastline Pilot (Dec 2014): Laguna Beach High's new artistic director for dance steps in, in style
About the Director
Estee Fratzke graduated Summa Cum Laude with a BA in Dance Science and a MA in Dance from California State University, Long Beach. She has a Single Subject Teaching Credential in Physical Education and a Career Technical Education Credential in Arts, Media, and Entertainment. Prior to studying dance in higher education, she trained for ten years on a competitive team at a private studio called Dancer’s Edge, located in her hometown of Visalia, CA. Her experience in a private studio coupled with her studies at CSULB led to her interest in a career as a dance educator, choreographer, and arts advocate. From 2010-2014, Estee was the Director of the Burbank High School Dance Program, and currently, she serves as the Director of the Laguna Beach High School Dance Program. Her mission is to use dance as an avenue to heal and inspire people, with an emphasis on helping her students develop into self-confident, happy, and healthy individuals. A fundamental principle of Estee's teaching philosophy is instilling a sense of lifelong fitness and dance appreciation in her students by teaching them how to move their bodies safely and efficiently. She choreographs for all levels of the LBHS Dance Program and produces two dance concerts a year. Administering a comprehensive curriculum that encourages versatility and adaptability in her dancers is a high priority for Estee, and she's committed to making waves in the dance community by pushing her students to think critically and creatively on a daily basis.
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- Wind Ensemble
- Marching Band
- String Ensemble
- Jazz Band
- AP Music Theory
About the Director
Jeremy Chung is a graduate of the University of Southern California and earned a Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Music Education. He has been the instrumental music director at Laguna Beach High School since the fall of 2010. Under his direction, his instrumental music groups have received “superior” ratings at every music festival attended since 1997 and have won many competitions at local, state, and national events.
As a performer, he was a member of the world renowned USC Trojan Marching Band and the Disney “All American College Band”. He was also a member of Disneyland’s “Trash Can Trio” percussion group. In 2010, Jeremy received “Teacher of the Year” while teaching in the Capistrano Unified School District. He was also given the L.A. County “Apple Award” for his teaching and dedication to young musicians in Southern California in 2000. He currently is an active musician in southern California as a performer, adjudicator, and clinician.
LBHS Theatre courses challenge students to develop their artistic initiative through study of dramatic literature, refinement of acting, playwriting, and directing techniques, and stimulation of high-level thinking skills. Students will reinforce these skills through applicable reading and writing tasks, monologue and scene study, improvisational exercises, and preparation for and performance of theatrical works. Our coursework is designed for students who are genuinely interested in improving their theatrical skills and developing their ability to analyze, appreciate, create, design for, and actively participate in theatrical projects. Challenging classwork, reading, writing, research, and rehearsal both in and out of class are necessary to achieve growth. Student learning is evaluated by several methods, including but not limited to writing, performance, and self-assessment.**Students should approach their studies with an open mind as well as a desire to collaborate and learn**
Auditions for the fall play take place in the first or second week of school, and auditions for the spring musical take place in the weeks leading up to winter break. These auditions are typically for LBHS students only. If a director is seeking younger actors and wishes to audition EMS/TOW/TMS students, you may expect those dates to be announced separately. For upcoming audition information for our current and future seasons, please visit our Instagram page @lbusdtheatre or the Boosters Website.
Donations to the Theatre Booster organization are tax-deductible and help defray production expenses, support educational field trips, allow us to bring in guest artists, and support the students in many other ways. The Theatre Boosters operate under the umbrella of The Laguna Beach Schools Performing Arts Boosters.
To make a donation online, please visit the Boosters Website.
You may also make a donation by check, payable to LBHS Theatre, and mail to:
Laguna Beach High School
Attn: Theatre Boosters
625 Park Avenue
Laguna Beach, CA 92651
2022-23 Performances & Events
**titles, dates, & times subject to change**
LBHS Spring Musical
LBHS Artists Theatre
March 24-26 & March 31-April 2
Fridays & Saturdays at 7:00pm
Sundays at 2:00pm
LBHS Spring Musical Theatre Concert
LBHS Artists Theatre
Friday, May 19 TBD time
LBHS Theatre Spring Showcase
Friday, May 26 at 7:00pm
LBUSD Celebration of the Arts
March 14 at 6:00pm
About the Director
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