What We Are
Inertia is a program consisting several ensembles of the Westside High School Fine Arts Dance Program. The Inertia Dance Company consists of girls trained in the traditional dance forms of ballet, modern and jazz, with boys who specialize in the street styles of breakin' (breakdance), house, popping and locking. The Company displays a style and feel all their own.
Inertia is under the direction of Amberly Altamirano, with the assistance of Christopher Thomas.
While dance training and experience is important, the real goals of Inertia are to encourage and facilitate the tools for students to be successful in “Grade 13”, the steps all former students take following graduation. Inertia has a 100% graduation rate and continues to be an expectation. Alumni have gone forward to UT, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, Oklahoma U, Oklahoma State, SHSU, Baylor, TCU, LSU, Boston, Chapman, Arizona, UH, Texas State, Colorado, Texas Women's University and etc.
The Inertia Dance Company is nationally recognized with 42 National Championship titles, numerous choreography and technique awards, as well as invited presentations for the NDA National Dance Gala, the National High School Dance Festival, the NBA's San Antonio Spurs and Dallas Mavericks, the BCS National Title Game Halftime Show, the Houston Symphony, DanceHouston, Dance Source Houston, and the ERJCC's Dance Month. Inertia has been featured in People Magazine, Dance Teacher Magazine, Southern Living Magazine, Houston Chronicle, Houston Press, and Houston Business Journal. Television credits include The Tony Danza Show, CBS Early Show, HEB Holiday Parade, with Naturi Naughton, FedEx Orange Bowl with Kool & The Gang as well as spots on all local affiliates. Inertia has performed in New York City for People Magazine, Chicago, Miami, Baltimore, New Orleans, and all across Texas.
In October 2010, Inertia members and alumni dancers represented the United States at the 8th China Folk Art Festival in Shanghai, Shuzhou and Beijing China.
Inertia is proud to be long time partners and featured performers for the Houston Symphony, Dance Houston, and DanceSourceHouston.