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One of the things that you would never expect to see at a high school is a dance studio - but Parkview is one of the only high schools in Central Arkansas that has one. Dedicated teachers Megan Bettis, M'Shay Callicott, and Department chair Michael Tidwell gently guide their students from novice dancers to a professional level during their four years at Parkview. To see honor cord requirements, click here.
Dance engages the body, mind, emotions, and spirit. Parkview's dance program has been in its current format since 1998. It is designed for students with a desire to pursue dance at a post seondary level as a career, or as a life enhancing experience. Students who study dance explore dance technique, styles, composition, history, performance, and cultural heritage.
Dance teaches decision making, problem solving, critical thinking, and cooperative learning. It is a cross curricular "body lab" for English, Science, Math, Art, and History. Students can explore career opportunities as dancers, choreographers, critics, university teachers, studio teachers, certified dance educators, exercise instructors, arts manager, dance therapists, or dance documentation and reconstructionists. Students who chose dance as their area of study must take two classes per year in addition to the regular required high school curriculum. Those classes include:
- Dance Techniques I, II, III, IV
- Young Men's Dance
- Dance History
- Tap Technique I
- Musical Theater Dance
- Dance Ensemble (by audition only)
- All dance techniques classes will follow the same general format:
- 1st nine weeks Ballet Technique
- 2nd nine weeks Jazz Technique
- 3rd nine weeks Show Choreography
- 4th nine weeks Student Choreography
Michael Tidwell, Dance Department Chair
Teaches: Dance Technique IV, Men's Dance Technique, Choreography, and Dance Ensemble
Education: University of Arkansas at Little Rock
Professional experience and honors: Toured with Buddy Simpson Dancers of Dallas; studied under Manolo Agullo, Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo, Lorraine Cranford, founding director of Ballet Arkansas; Dot Callanan UALR; Maureen Migden and Peter Fairweather of The Royal Ballet Academy; Luigi at the Dance Center in New York. Tidwell was a principal dancer with Ballet Arkansas for 10 years. He created and founded the dance magnet program at Horace Mann Middle School and has served as department chair for the celebrated dance program at Parkview Arts/Science Magnet High School. He has taught at both UALR and Philander Smith College. In 1990, he founded the Tidwell Project Dance Ensemble, a dance performance company; in 1994 he opened the Center for the DansArts, Inc. a dance school founded to provide exposure of the arts to youth who might otherwise not have these experiences; and in 2015 he was inducted into the Arkansas Black Hall of Fame.
Megan Bettis: Dance Instructor
Education: Southern Methodist University
Honors: Bettis performed and choreographed both classical and contemporary works with professional companies scattered throughout the southwest before turning her focus to teaching dance in 2005. As the Academy Director of TexARTS in Austin, TX and Ballet Director of Studio B Dallas she produced full-length youth ballets, and directed and choreographed several musicals. Her students have been accepted to prestigious dance programs including Joffrey Ballet School, American Ballet Theatre, Ballet Austin, Texas Ballet Theatre, AMDA in Los Angeles and New York, Studio School in Los Angeles, Broadway Theatre Project, Texas State University, Ryder University, and Cincinnati Conservatory of Music.
M'Shay Callicott, Fine Arts, Dance Specialist
Education: BSE Dance Performance, Oklahoma City University; MSE Secondary Educational Leadership, University of Central Arkansas.
Honors: Callicott is a National Board Certified Teacher in Physical Education and Health. Her work is a featured example in the National Academy Advisory for future NBCT Candidates. Callicott has served as educator in Speech, Communications, Drama, Career and Technical Education, Dance Theory, Dance Technique and Dance History for over 20 years. She is a recipient of the Arkansas Arts Council's Artist's Fellowship Award for Choreography and received national awards for her dancing. Callicott has served as a judge, director, and production crew for Miss America preliminary and state competitions as well as coached and choreographed for individual dancers. In her younger years, Callicott performed in two international tours, on cruise ships, and stages across the nation.