California School of the Arts offers a unique set of elective courses to meet the needs and talents of our students and to give them the opportunity to explore a variety of art forms. Instead of offering more traditional physical education classes, students can register to take tap, jazz, Taekwondo, ceramics, and many more. At the end of the year, students in elective courses produce a culminating performance to showcase the skills they have been working on all year. The Elective Showcase is an exciting time for students to show off their skills and parents to see the work being done in elective classes.

Simon Harrison

Simon Harrison

Instructor

Simon Harrison is a dancer, choreographer, educator, and arts administrator born in Kawasaki, Japan, and now based in Southern California. He began formal dance training in Santa Cruz, CA at age eight, and attended the California State Summer School for the Arts (CSSSA) in 2012, where he was recognized as a California Arts Scholar.

He graduated Cum Laude from the University of California, Irvine (UCI) with a B.F.A. in Dance Performance, B.F.A. in Dance Choreography, and B.A. in Education Science. He earned numerous scholarships and awards at UCI including the Claire Trevor School of the Arts Award for Excellence in Dance Choreography, Donald McKayle Scholarship, Arts Ambassador Scholarship, Distinguished Anteater Scholarship, Kris & Linda Elftmann Scholarship, Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program Fellowship, and the Chancellor’s Award of Distinction for his commitment to research, leadership, and service.

He has performed and choreographed internationally at the University of Rome-Tor Vergata, Santa Ceceilia Conservatory of Music, and Teatro Forma in Bari, Italy with the DTM2 Ensemble (director Lisa Naugle), and taught dance to at-risk youth throughout Panama with the non-profit organization Movement Exchange. He has danced professionally with Tandy Beal & Company, MoveSpeakSpin, and Shakespeare Santa Cruz, and consecutively received first place at international Latin ballroom competitions for two years. Currently, Mr. Harrison teaches Dance in the Elective Program and School of Dance at the California School of the Arts—San Gabriel Valley, and works with Re:borN Dance Interactive (director Boroka Nagy) as Performer and Company Manager.

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Jordan Wentz

Jordan Wentz

Instructor

Jordan Wentz is an internationally recognized choreographer, educator, and dancer with more than 15 years of teaching and industry experience.  She has taught and choreographed at numerous academic institutions and studios across the U.S. and continues to remain immersed in the commercial dance industry as an acclaimed director, coach, and mentor. 

Ms. Wentz studied business entrepreneurship and management at Cal State Northridge and Missouri State University.  She continued her field training in the commercial dance scene in Los Angeles where she became an original member of Unity LA, the renowned company directed by Emmy Award-winning dance choreographer Tessandra Chavez. 

Today, Ms. Wentz’s work can be seen in music videos, commercials, films, and on television.  She has working credits in ten different countries with companies including Reebok, YouTube, Disney, “American Idol,” Fox, NBC, Heineken, Universal, and more.  Her music videos include DJ duo Autograf, Cody Simpson, Japanese legend Namie Amuro, Ray Quinn from “Britain’s Idol”, and more. She has appeared on “Parks and Recreation,” Disney’s “So Random,” “Bring It On: Fight to the Finish” alongside Christina Milian, Fox Atomic’s “The Comebacks,” TruTV's “Fake Off,” and The Dance Network's “Steady Mobbin.’”  Jordan has been in commercials for California Almonds, Tresemme, eHarmony, El Jimador, and HTV Network. She has also worked with Michelle Obama on her “Let’s Move Burbank” Campaign, The Giffoni Film Festival, The Probowl, The Orange County Film Festival, KROQ Radio, Coachella Music Festival, The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, The American Cancer Society, Bettis Richardson on his international tour, and popular rock band Lifehouse.

Ms. Wentz is a versatile artist with a background in numerous styles of dance, movement, fitness, theater, health, and wellness.  She has helped celebrity clients including singer/songwriter FKA Twigs, actor Charlie Nix, actor, writer, and comic Laura Kightlinger, and contemporary artist and actor Michael Chow.  Her specialties include Hip Hop, Urban, and Street Dance Styles, which she has integrated into her program of teaching at CSArts-SGV. 

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Annie Yee

Annie Yee

Instructor

Annie Yee loves teaching Jazz Dance at CSArts-SGV and being part of the CSArts-SGV family!  Most recently Ms. Yee choreographed “M. Butterfly” at South Coast Repertory Theatre directed by Desdemona Chiang. Other choreography includes “King of the Yees” at Baltimore Center Stage and at ACT Theatre in Seattle directed by Desdemona Chiang, “The Golden Dragon” at Boston Court Pasadena directed by Michael Michetti, where she won a Scenie Award and was nominated for an Ovation Award and Broadway World Los Angeles Award for Best Choreography, and a Stage Raw Group Award nomination for Production Design, “The World of Extreme Happiness” at Seattle Public Theater directed by Desdemona Chiang, “Made in Bangkok” at the Mark Taper Forum directed by Robert Egan and I Don’t Have to Show You No Stinking Badges at Los Angeles Theater Center directed by Luis Valdez. 

She was the Chinese dance consultant for Pearl at the Lincoln Center, directed and choreographed by Daniel Ezralow.  For television Annie choreographed the season finale of The Drew Carey Show.  She is a former Los Angeles Laker Girl and Los Angeles Rams Cheerleader. Ms. Yee was awarded a SDC Foundation Observership for Soft Power at the Ahmanson directed by Leigh Silverman.  Annie is a proud member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society.

Annie studied Chinese Dance with the renowned Cheng Pei-Pei.  She has received scholarships from Joe Tremaine and Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater.  She currently is a student of ballet with Jim Vincent.

Ms. Yee is the third female President of the Chinese American Citizens Alliance of Los Angeles in its 108-year history, serving 2016-2017.  She was awarded Women of the Year representing the arts from California State Senator Ed Hernandez in 2017.  She was chosen as Citizen of the Year from the Chinese Elected Officials in 2018.  Annie was a member of the KCET Community Advisory Board 2012-2018, representing Asian American issues, Theater Arts, and Education.  She has been awarded numerous Certificates of Recognition from the California State Senate, California State Assembly, City of Monterey Park, and the County of Los Angeles for her dedicated service and achievements in the affairs of the community for Asian Americans. 

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