OUSD DANCE TEACHERS
Degrees and Certifications:
BA in Political Science and minor in Russian Language, Lincoln University of Pennsylvania; Ma. Ed in Creativity in Education San Francisco State University Credentials include: Social Studies Single Subject Credential, San Francisco State University; Dance Credential Supplementary Credential, San Francisco State University; (CTE) Career Tech Ed credential emphasis on Arts, Media and Entertainment, U.C Berkeley
Sonja B. Travick
Sonja was born in Pennsylvania where she began dancing at the age of six.l and became the youngest apprentice (13yrs) with the Joseph P. Cooksey Chameleon dance Company. Sonja continued her studies at Lincoln University, Lincoln University Pa, where she became a member of the University Dance ensemble. She graduated with a BA in Political Science and a minor in Russian language in 1988. In 1992 Sonja relocated to the Bay Area. Under the tutelage of bay area dance masters such as Carolyn Himes, Allasane Kane, Molonga Casquerlourd Jacque Barnes and Alseny Soumah Sonja soared in her mastery of dances of the African diaspora. In 1993 Sonja traveled to Brazil for a month long study of the dances of the Orixass, in 1995 she then traveled to Paris for a month long study of modern techniques fused with dances of Senegal and the Conga and most. In 1997 Sonja then traveled to Jamaica to study traditional Caribbean folklore and dance. In 2005, Sonja’s intensive study of West African Dance and culture sent her to Guinea, West Africa for an intensive study with the countries national dance company. Sonja’s goal is to restructure, review, and revive the communities’ connection to traditional African music and dance.
School: Oakland Technical High School
This class is designed to introduce students to basic dance terminology, technique, and dance class etiquette. Through barre and centere floor exerrcise alignment principals, weight shifts, level changes, and the elements of dance such as body, space, time, and energy will be explored. Students will be exposed to Jazz, Modern, Ballet, West African, and other World dance techniques. In addition to their introduction to dance terminology through praxis, student will also read about dance, write about dance, and observe both live and videoed dance performances. Our final goal is to provide students with the tools to integrate what they have learned and compose their own group and individual choreographic works.