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 Carmel Catholic Orchesis Dance Company consists of individuals bonded together through their mutual love of dance. Carmel Catholic Orchesis Dance Company members experience a plethora of performing and educational opportunities, develop artistic and personal growth, and cultivate strong connections and lasting friendships. For an after-school 1.0 Honors credit, each dancer rehearses and performs a variety of dance styles including Jazz, Lyrical, Modern, Hip Hop, Bollywood, and more. The entire school year builds to the anticipated Orchesis Dance Concert weekend where a blend of choreographed works by students, professional guest artists, and Artistic Director, Mrs. Kacey Valentine O'Keeffe, are performed in Carmel Catholic's newly renovated auditorium. Orchesis Dance Concerts are scheduled for May 6 and 7, 2022, at 7:00 pm. All are welcome