St. Ignatius


The St. Ignatius Dance Program offers opportunities for students through dance instruction and performance in three different areas: Dance IA, Dance IB, and Dance Workshop.

In Dance IA and IB students learn the “vocabulary” of dance – positions, terminology for steps, combinations and develop vital elements of dance including balance, posture, gesture, rhythm, space and breath. The class helps the student to discover new ways of moving and to communicate one’s artistic vision through dance.

Admitted by audition only, Dance Workshop offers dance as an academic performing art. Students will learn to further build technique, personal expression and work in a dance ensemble to gain choreographic experience as an individual by taking risks in creating new styles and ways of moving. Dance Workshop performs in the Fine Arts Assembly and Dance Concert.

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About Dance Director Emily Shick

Emily was born and raised in San Bruno, CA. After graduating from St. Ignatius College Preparatory in 2010, she attended Sonoma State University where she received her Bachelor's degree in Theatre Arts with an emphasis in Dance as well as a Minor degree in Early Childhood Education. Within her college years, Emily was a member of several hip-hop companies, The U.N.I.T. and UDC based in Santa Rosa, CA. She competed and showcased throughout the Bay Area in shows including World Of Dance, Collaboration, North Bay Dance Festival, Mission in the Mix, and opened for musical artists Kalin and Myles. She co-started Sonoma State's first hip-hop dance club on campus called Blue Baronz. Emily was a performer in The American College Dance Festival in Arizona. She was a Student Caucus University Speaker representing Sonoma State at the following American College Dance Festival in Long Beach, CA. Emily ended her career at SSU as a choreographer and assistant director for the university's dance program.

After graduation, Emily connected back with SI and joined their summer school program helping lead the dance and musical theater camps which soon was followed by a dance assistant position with SI's dance program. Simultaneously, Emily was a head classroom teacher for Forest Hill Christian Church Preschool and then transferred to West Elementary School in Hillsborough as a paraeducator/office assistant within their special education department. Gaining larger roles at SI, Emily remained at SI as a choreographer for Dance Workshop, moderator for Dance & Drill, director for SI's Cabaret, and an assistant choreographer for SI's musicals. She also founded the SIHI dance team on campus. Emily became SI's dance program director in 2019. She continues to moderate both dance teams and direct SI's Cabaret. In addition, she has led freshman/sophomore and senior retreats, choreographed for various SI fashion show events, and has been a liturgy speaker. Her work has been presented at Vision Series in SF and various concept videos.

Emily is a member of INQ Dance Company and co-director of their training team QTZ. Both teams are based out of Full Out Studios in Oakland. She has competed in competitions including Prelude and Complex. Emily is an executive coordinator for consecutive dance intensives in Oakland. She is a member of the National Dance Education Organization as well as their California chapter. Emily is currently a resident of San Francisco enjoying Golden Gate Park as her next door neighbor.