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Mrs. Corriston loves teaching dance at HHS!  From the beginning student, to the advanced performer, to the students she works with in the HHS musical, she enjoys watching students grow in their ability to move and create.  As well as being the Dance Specialist at HHS, she also runs Corriston Movement and Dance (CMAD), a dance studio with classes for children ages 3-12.

Mrs. Corriston holds a B.A. from the University of Washington, where she double majored in Dance and Communications.   While at the UW, she studied ballet, modern, anatomy, and teaching methods.  She also has extensive training in jazz, tap, lyrical, and creative movement.  

She and her husband, an Assistant Prof. of Dance at JMU, lived in NYC for 10 years.  While there, Ms. Corriston took classes, performed, taught in various schools through out Manhattan, and was the director of the Jazz and Kinder Kids programs at the Walter Schalk School of Dance.  

Prior to relocating to Harrisonburg in 2013, Mrs. Corriston and her family lived in Seattle, WA.  There she choreographed middle school musicals, coached dancers auditioning for college, and taught all levels and age groups, as well as serving as the Creative Ballet Faculty Lead, at All That Dance.  

She is thrilled to be bringing dance into the public schools and loves the community here in Harrisonburg!

Mrs. Corriston--DANCE

CONGRATULATIONS to Ana Hart, Noelle Warne, Trista McIlvain, Olivia Kasidiaris, Jane Wyatt, and Karina Vazquez-Murillo who were inducted into the National Honor Society for Dance Arts last May!


2017-2018 Performances:

Dance & Percussion Concert at 7pm on Nov. 30, 2017

HHS Holiday concert during the school day on Dec. 20, 2017

Valley Dance Showcase at 7pm on May 9, 2018


Please feel free to email me if you have any questions:

Classes Offered:

Dance 1:   A survey class for the beginning dancer.  We explore many genres of dance through choreography, history, and dance elements.

Dance 2:   Dance 1 or prior dance experience necessary for this class.  We continue the exploration many genres while strengthening our technique and choreographic ideas.  Out-of-class performances are required.

*Dance 3:   Dance 3 focuses on technique, performance, and student-based choreography.  

*Dance 4 Honors: This is for the serious dancer who wants to grow in their ability to learn choreography quickly, and perform both teacher and student choreographed pieces.  

*Dance Company Honors: This class focuses on performance and knowledge of the dance world beyond HHS! 

*Honors credit requires a greater level of committment outside of the classroom which includes things such as: attending dance concerts in the community, watching dance documentaries, volunteering at dance events, taking outside dance classes, etc.).

Fine Arts Academy Community Learning (FAACL):  A community-based learning environment with students in other strands of the fine arts (visual art, creative writing, drama, vocal & insturmental music).

Whether you are just taking your first dance class, or have been dancing for years, the Dance Program at HHS has something for you!  Please email Mrs. Corriston if you have any questions.






Last updated:  Aug. 23, 2017