Vanessa began her dance training at the age of six at the local Boys and Girls club. Realizing her passion to continue her dance education she then took her training to In Motion Dance Center in Bonita where she was able to participate in competitions and community events such as Sandcastles, And Bonitafest. During high school Vanessa was a part of the Coronado School of the Perforing Arts where she furthered her dance education adding modern to her repertoire on a daily basis under the direction of Betsy Roe. Upon graduation Vanessa attended San Diego State University where she joined the SDSU dance team. Also during this time she received a scholarship to train at the Academy of Performing Arts where she was able to audition for new company's. She has been a member of Vitality dance company performing in various venues in San Diego and Los Angeles county. She also became a member of Fire and Ice, a company that traveled the nation to perform at various sporting events mainly on the ice for semi-professional hockey teams. Also during this time was when Vanessa began to teach dance at the Boys and Girls club where she first started. It was here when she was
presented an opportunity to begin teaching at Chula Vista High School's School for the Creative and Performing Arts. She has now been part of the Sweetwater family for ten years and looks forward to many more!
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Attendance to class is mandatory. Students that are absent will be marked as "absent" and will need to be cleared through the attendance office. Class times are Tues/Thurs 2:45-5:00 and Wed from 2:45-4:00.
Jisselle Cardenas' background ranges from Band, to Dance and most importantly, Color Guard. She first joined Color Guard at the age of 12 as a Flag and Letterette and began playing the Flute at the age of 13 at Castle Park Middle School. At the age of 14, she was recruited to Olympian High School's Color Guard. Her Freshman year of High School was the second year of Olympian High School's existence. Throughout her years of High School, Jisselle was very involved in the Visual And Performing Arts. She became involved in the Band, Dance, and Color Guard programs. In fact, Eric Mabrey was her Wind Ensemble teacher! As a freshman, she auditioned for Olympian High School's Advanced Dance class and successfully remained in the class for all four years. During this time, she choreographed a number of dance pieces, solos, and duets and here discovered her love for the art. As a Junior, Jisselle was chosen to attend the Sweetwater Summer Fine Arts Camp for Band and Dance, but decided to go for Dance. She feels very fortunate to have been able to work with such amazing talents. From her Sophomore year to her Senior year, she proudly held the title as Captain of Olympian High School's Color Guard team. She learned many leadership skills during this time that she now applies to her coaching. Jisselle is currently attending Southwestern Community College, but plans to transfer in the near future. She trained with Kruciaal Element Hip-Hop Dance Company from October 2012-May 2013, and has been involved in the SWC Dance Program from 2011 to current. She is majoring in Liberal Studies Elementary Education, and minoring in Dance. She hopes to one day teach children overseas, and maybe even get a Color Guard Team started! Jisselle feels very fortunate to be working in a field that she has such passion for.
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