Dance Department

  • The CVPA Dance Department, under the direction of Ray Parks, has become well known throughout the Midwest for being the “best public high school for dance”.  Students accepted into the CVPA Dance program receive training in a variety of dances from professional dancers and instructors. The CVPA Dance Department also has dance companies from all over the USA coming to CVPA as guest instructors and choreographers.  In addition, alumni who have made a career of dance, come back to guest instruct and lecture.  

    High school students wanting to begin a major in dance or plan to have a career in the dance field are encouraged to audition for St Louis’s longest-running, public high school’s, dance program at Central Visual & Performing Arts High School.


    Addendum: COVID 19 Pandemic:

    Beginning April 6th, there will be assignments and resources for dancers uploaded to the homework section, and online learning will take place on the Microsoft Teams platform. Keep dancing! 

    Virtual Office Hours: Monday 10am - 2pm, Tuesday 10am - 2pm, Wednesday 10am - 2pm, and Thursday 10am - 2pm through May 29, 2020.


    Virtual Summer Programs will be added to TEAMS In June 2020.   (Refer to individual class pages for REMIND codes and use your school email).


    For additional info, check out the SLPS website at



    Department Director: Ray Parks

    Ray Parks

    Department Assistant: Debbi Rosenberg Cox

     Debbi Rosenberg Cox

    Instructor Ballet: Octavio Nieto-Jacobo


    Instructor Advance Tap: Susie Morgan

     Susie Morgan