Ms. Tanya Jones

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Ms. Tanya Jones

Westbury High School Dance Department is committed to teaching versatile, thinking dancers and visionaries who are ready to take on several different types of challenges. At the center of the program is a modern and global contemporary-based dance curriculum that fosters an intensive creative process, offers extensive performance experience, and promotes rigorous intellectual practices. Students join this program to embrace different styles which is essential to our dance program.  

The Dance Department offers ballet, pointe, modern, pas de deux, jazz, drill prep, and hip-hop. The dance departments dance levels ranging from beginner to advance placement. You do not have to have any previous dance experience to join the dance department. Westbury’s dance department is broken into three different sections which include Westbury Dance Ensemble, The Blue Diamond Drill Team, and our new Hip-Hop Company.

Westbury Dance Ensemble was established in 2010. You need at least 4yrs of dance experience to join Westbury Dance Ensemble. This dance company performs all over Houston those events include Dance Montage, Miller Outdoor Theater, our community feeder schools and much more. This ensemble continues the future there education in dance. We attend local theater performance, workshops, and master classes which is a requirement in the company.

The Blue Diamond Drill Team is an energetic dance team that provides the half-time entertainment for Westbury Varsity Football team. This team has a strong technical back ground in jazz, high kicks, and pom and hip-hip. The Blue Diamonds  are an award winning squad, who has brought home championship trophies for the past 7 years and traveled to numerous competitions in California, Florida,  Galveston, and Austin just to name a few.  This year we will be traveling to New York to compete. The dance department enjoys giving back by providing community service to our neighborhood organizations and annual functions. We also provide fun filled dance clinics and workshops to the community throughout the year.

Hip hop at Westbury has always been in existence. But this will be the first year our school will have their own hip hop company. The current name of the company is Bomb Squad. This team will focus on popping, locking, ticking, breaking dancing, a technique calling bone breaking and much more. We are excited the final get this company off the ground.

Tanya Jones has been the director of the dance program and drill team for 7yrs.She graduated from Sam Houston State University with a B.F.A in dance. Ms. Jones has studied with many professional dance companies in her career. Many of her companies including Houston Ballet Academy, Ad Deum Dance Company, Urban Souls Dance Company, and Alvin Ailey Dance Theater.  

If you are interested Westbury Dance Department please feel free to contact me: 713-723-6015 ext.377 or email me: tjones27@houstonisd.org.