For those born to dance, the desire to challenge their bodies, explore movement and push boundaries is undeniable. From novice to advanced, FWAFA students are encouraged to work diligently to improve their craft – while being inspired to follow their dance dreams.
Beginning in elementary school, students participate in dance class every other day, focusing on ballet and jazz techniques. Students have the opportunity to work on vocabulary, choreography and improvisation while being exposed to dances from different cultures. These young dancers perform twice a year in dance concerts.
Middle and High School
Dancers can place into one of three levels of dance: Beginner, Intermediate, or Advanced, with all classes meeting each day. These courses focus on ballet, jazz and modern techniques, while further developing skills learned in earlier classes. These students perform at least twice a year.
FWAFA Dance Companies
In addition to the dance electives offered, there are three dance companies at FWAFA that afford advanced students extra performance opportunities.
- Junior Dance Company and Company II meet after school on a weekly basis to rehearse, and both companies perform in the annual Dance Company Concert as well as the full-length ballet.
- Academy Dance Company is the most advanced company at FWAFA, with these students dancing in a second full class period every day. These dancers have the opportunity to travel and perform frequently as representatives of the dance department at FWAFA.
Sheyna Ferraro received her early training at Eastside Ballet Centre in Arizona. In August 1998, she moved to Fort Worth to attend Texas Christian University. Ms. Ferraro graduated in May of 2002 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Ballet. In December of 2002, she received her Secondary Teaching Certification for Dance. In 2012, Ms. Ferraro was the recipient of the Bates Dance Festival Teacher Fellowship which allowed her to attend their professional level program this past July. This is Ms. Ferraro’s tenth year as dance faculty member at the Fort Worth Academy of Fine Arts where she teaches 6th - 12th grade dance and directs the Academy Dance Company and Dance Company II.
As a proud member of the Actor’s Equity Association, Nicholas brings two decades of musical theater experience to the production process. His background as an actor, director, and choreographer enables him to have a keen insight into the performance world. Nicholas has choreographed over 30 musicals and operas at regional theaters, Texas Christian University, Dallas Baptist University, and for several show choirs throughout the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex. His training is in classical ballet and Nicholas has danced with the Dallas Metropolitan Ballet Company since 1996. Nicholas is a part-time professor of communications at Dallas Baptist University where he graduated with honors with a Master of Arts in Christian Education, Concentration in Communication. He also holds the Bachelor of Arts in Theatre and Speech Communications with Teacher Certification from Midwestern State University.
Mrs. Torres has taught a variety of styles of dance to ages 2 and up to adult in the Waco and Fort Worth community. She has Texas educator certification in dance, physical education, as well as English as a second language. Mrs. Torres has a love for teaching dance to all levels of students and believes the art of dance can lead to lifelong healthy activity, as well as instill leadership skills, creativity, and confidence in young people. Mrs. Torres strives for positive growth within her classroom, and has the expectation that all students can achieve more through dance than they thought possible. She endeavors to have her students present themselves with poise and professionalism no matter what level of dancer they may be. Mrs. Torres is overjoyed to be at FWAFA for her second year and is looking forward to a fantastic year with her students and colleagues.