Academic Dance Program

Carmel Catholic’s academic dance program has been directed by Mrs. Kacey O'Keeffe since its birth in 2013.


Course Offerings include Beginning Dance UCP, Intermediate Dance I Honors, Intermediate Dance II Honors, Advanced Dance Honors, Dance Leadership Honors, Orchesis Dance Company Honors, and Tap UCP. All Dance Students experience the following dance styles: Jazz, Ballet, Hip Hop, Aerial Dance, Lyrical, Zumba, Yoga and more!


Dance Performances throughout the school year including Hip Hop Pep Rallies, Honors Dance Showcases in the Black Box, Orchesis Dance Concerts each May.


Academic Dance Performance Opportunities

Advanced Dance (offered only in spring) will perform in the Stations of the Cross and in the annual Orchesis Dance Concert weekend in May. All Intermediate and Advanced Dance classes will perform student-choreographed works at their Academic Dance Showcase held at the end of each semester. Tap Classes will also be featured as guest performers in the Honors Dance Showcase. Additionally, all academic dance students will receive the opportunity to perform in a hip-hop production number in front of the entire Carmel Catholic community at one pep rally per semester.


The Orchesis Dance Company is a non-competitive organization under the direction of Carmel Dance Teacher, Mrs. Kacey O'Keeffe. Orchesis is open for freshmen–seniors to audition.  Auditioning all four years of high school is highly encouraged. Orchesis auditions are in August each school year and members commit to being a member of this after-school Honors course for the entire school year. The only limitations Orchesis members have in terms of involvement at Carmel is that they cannot participate in a Spring Sport or be cast in the Spring Musical. Otherwise, Carmel Orchesis Dance Company members can participate in any fall and/or winter sport, as well as any other extra-curricular club/activity that Carmel has to offer.

Orchesis hosts an annual Dance Concert weekend every May. The concerts present a variety of student-choreographed works in addition to professional, guest choreography and a few works choreographed by Ms. Valentine. Tickets are $5 at the door and all proceeds go to the Orchesis Dance Company and the Fine Arts Department for the upcoming school year.