In 2006, Kristen Furino became the Head Coach of the Calabasas High School Dance Program. When she joined the family, there were only two levels of dance. In 2007, Mrs. Furino created a competitive level, giving dancers the opportunity to compete against local high schools. Fast forward to today, and Mrs. Kristen Furino has built an incredible program for dancers of all training levels - Dance 1, Dance 2, Dance 3, and Dance Team! The CHS Dance Program gives students a more intimate connection to their school, with performance opportunities during pep rallies, football games, basketball games, and Winter and Spring Concerts.
A N O T E F R O M M R S . F U R I N O
Dear Family, Friends, and Community Members,
For many years, the Calabasas High School Dance Program has been bringing the joy of dance to the CHS community. The longstanding goal of our program is to provide a well-rounded education for the beginning dancer to the advanced emerging professional. The CHS Dance Program aims to create motivated dancers who not only strive for technical excellence, but who are also creative and passionate about dance. Students from all four levels of dance take part in creating innovative choreography, developing an artistic eye by integrating technical skill with visual concepts. Students learn about hard work, dedication, communication, and determination as they additionally develop strong friendships that will last for years to come. Perhaps most importantly, students gain a sense of belonging at Calabasas High School by being a part of our “dance family.”
Thank you for your interest in the CHS Dance Program!
Thank you for your interest in the CHS Dance Program!
T H E T E A M
Kristen Furino - Head Coach
Mrs. Kristen Furino grew up in Thousand Oaks, CA and trained in multiple styles of dance at
Bobbie's School of Performing Arts. She
received her Bachelor’s Degree in Liberal
Studies at Cal Poly State University, San Luis
Obispo, where she danced with the Orchesis
Dance Company for four years. Mrs. Furino
began her teaching career teaching American
Sign Language at San Luis Obispo High School.
In 2006, her twin passions for education and
dance collided when she was offered a teaching position in the field of dance at Calabasas High School. She then went on to complete her
Master’s Degree in School Counseling at
California Lutheran University. Mrs. Furino is
dedicated to providing a top quality dance
program for the Calabasas High School
community. Along with her colleagues in the
Performing Arts Department, she is deeply
appreciative to the community and school
district for their support of the arts.
Christopher Babcock - Competition Coach
Originally from San Jose, CA, Chris Babcock now resides in Los Angeles and has trained to elite levels in many styles of dance, including: Jazz, Contemporary, Hip-Hop, Modern, Tap and Classical Ballet. He graduated Magna Cum Laude with a B.F.A in Dance Performance from Chapman University. Post-graduation, Chris was fortunate to travel and perform across Europe working theatres in Prague, Czech Republic in the historic National Theatre. He is currently being represented by one of the most prestigious talent agencies in New York City - McDonald-Selznick and Associates (MSA).
Chris was a featured performer for the opening number for Intel's Keynote Speaker at the 2015 & 2016 International CES Convention in Las Vegas, Nevada, and has also performed in the extravagant opening number at the 2016 CISCO LIVE EVENT at the Mandalay Bay Arena! He made his television debut on SEASON 6 of the Hit TV show GLEE!, as a member of Vocal Adrenaline. He had a blast filming episodes on season 2 of THE MARVELOUS MRS. MAISEL. He is a featured dancer in a new commercial for OPPO electronics.
Chris had the thrill of creating his version of a Dancing Avatar in the video game: JUST DANCE DISNEY, PART 2, and was also featured in Cirque du Soleil's production of THE BEATLE’S LOVE, at the Mirage Hotel and Casino. Additionally, Chris has appeared in STEVE WYNN'S SHOWSTOPPERS at the Wynn Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, and is often booked to perform in Mumbai, India for high profile private dance events. Chris’s recent New York bookings had him dancing in a SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE opening number, with the incredible Jimmy Fallon. He has also had the pleasure of dancing alongside the infamous rockettes in the RADIO CITY CHRISTMAS SPECTACTULAR, at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. Chris has just completed a contract at sea as an inaugural cast member of STEP ONE DANCE COMPANY, which is a state of the art guest entertainer dance company aboard Holland America Line.
Courtni Gidish - Assistant Coach
Courtni Gidish lives in Los Angeles, CA and is currently pursuing her dream of
becoming a professional commercial dancer. She fell in love with dance at the young
of 3 and hasn’t stopped dancing since. Growing up she danced competitively at her
dance studio as well as with the Calabasas Dance Team! Once she graduated from
High School in 2011 she continued this passion as she moved to Orange County to
attend Chapman University as a Dance Performance major. She graduated from
Chapman in 2015 and moved to Los Angeles. Since then, Courtni has been dancing
professionally in all styles, including jazz, hip hop, contemporary and much more!
Some of her highlights include, “Suicide Squad” Purple Lamborghini Video for
Warner Brothers Pictures, BodyselfieTV Online Fitness, as well as dancing with
professional dance company Karmagraphy doing Bollywood fusion dance. Courtni
LOVES working with the CHS Dance Program and cannot wait to see what her future
has in store!