Departments & Staff


Mission Statement

The Dance Department offers a variety of classes focusing on educating dancers in ballet, modern, and jazz technique, history, improvisation, and choreography. Other styles such as hip-hop, ethnic, salsa, etc...are also experienced throughout the year. We have an excellent relationship with the Arizona Dance Community, ASU and touring dance artists for master classes that are integrated into the curriculum.

2018-2019 Performances

  • April 4th - Frosh Dance Concert
  • April 11th - Intermediate and Advanced Concert
  • April 9th - Performance and Advanced Concert (senior solos at 6:30 pm) 
All performances begin at 7 pm, admission is $5.00 and tickets can be purchased at the Jackson Box Office in Xavier's Virginia G. Piper Performing Arts Center, by calling (602) 240-3150, or online with the link provided on the Xavier homepage. 

Department Highlights

List of 3 items.

  • Dance Club

    Dance Club meets one Wednesday a month during 8th hour and offers students the opportunity to dance together! All students are welcome, if they are part of the dance department or not, if they are experienced dancers or if they have never danced - all are welcome! Dance Club usually consists of guest teachers presenting fun short classes in various styles such as; Zumba, Swing, Salsa, Hip Hop etc... Some dance club sessions are informational about NHSDA and some are performances from various dance classes. Generally dance club is a fun movement experience to bring together dancers of all levels, and any students interested in moving!

    See Ms. Herding or Mrs. Scovel for more information. 
  • Liturgical Dance

    Liturgical Dance is an opportunity for students to learn reverent movement for masses. Generally we do two masses a year that include Liturgical dance, one in fall and one in the spring. Mature students who are interested in participating in this can ask Ms. Herding and Ms. Scovel about being part of this. There are a few lunch rehearsals and an early morning rehearsal prior to mass to create the presentations. 
  • National Honor Society for Dance Arts

    National Honor Society for Dance Arts is offered as an opportunity for dancers in our dance department to participate in our chapter. Seniors may receive an award for hours they dance during high school, on and off campus through this chapter. Students who take dance at Xavier and who  dance in the community, are encouraged to come to dance club to create enough hours participating in dance through classes, community service and performances to be awarded the NHADA Award for achievement. Students who are dedicated dancers can be part of this organization. See Ms. Herding and Mrs. Scovel for more information. 

Yearly Showcase

    • 2017 Showcase

Guest Artists/Residences

    • INT: Academics-Dept-Dance(Cuba)

On Our Stage

In Our Classroom

Meet Our Department

Mary Anne Fernandez-Herding, M.A. '81
Dance Department Chair 
Mary Anne Fernandez Herding Chairs the Dance Department at Xavier College Preparatory, since creating and implementing the program in 2002. She holds a Masters degree from the University of Arizona and a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Dance and Education from Arizona State University. Mary Anne is the founder and director of Movement Source Dance Company, a non-profit, professional dance company, bringing dance into various settings for performance and education since 1988. In 2015 she established a mentorship program, guiDANCE for serious young dancers to connect with professional touring artists. She is part of Arizona Dance Educators Organization and a member of National Dance Educators Organization as well as Arizona Local First, Arizona Dance Coalition, and is active in the Arizona Dance Educators Action Research Project as a contributor and presenter. She is a Xavier alumna and so pleased to be able to share her passion for dance with the students and community here at Xavier! She is the current Dance Club moderator as well. 

Currently Mary Anne Fernandez-Herding teaches:
Intermediate Dance
Advanced Dance
Performance Dance
Kelly Scovel 
Kelly Martell Scovel earned her BFA in Choreography from ASU with a Post-Bac in Secondary Education. At ASU, she was named an Arts-Bridge Scholar, allowing her to instruct English literature in public schools through the art of dance. Her interests include integrative, issue-based curriculum and technology-enriched dance education.  She has presented at several National Dance Education Conferences and in 2011, her work, as part of the Arizona Dance Educators Action Research Project was featured in Dance Teacher Magazine.  Kelly has a vast dance background which encompasses many styles and has taught in studios throughout the valley for the past 20 years.   She dances professionally with the Movement Source Dance Company and has been teaching dance at Xavier since 2003, and is the current Dance Club Moderator. 

Currently Kelly Scovel Teaches: 
Freshman/Level I  Intro to Dance and Dance Basics

Xavier College Preparatory

4710 North Fifth Street
Phoenix, Arizona 85012
P. (602) 277-3772
F. (602) 279-1346

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