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For over fifty years, the Carmel Academy of Performing Arts, (formerly the Carmel Ballet Academy,) has been recognized as the premier dance, theatre arts and private music training facility on the Monterey Peninsula. Joanne Nix, the owner and director of the original Carmel Ballet Academy, concentrated entirely on ballet discipline and performance. In the eighteen years since Carol Richmond purchased the facility, the scope of classes offered has grown to include a complete dance and performing arts curriculum. In order to provide families with exciting and enriching programs for all ages, we continue to expand. We are pleased to balance our curriculum with our unique Little Arts School House and private instruction in instrumental music, voice and acting.
In 2005 we changed the name from the Carmel Ballet Academy to the Carmel Academy of Performing Arts in order to reflect the broad spectrum of our curriculum. We developed our Mission and Purpose Statements to embody the life- force we teach: “Dreams…Determination…Dedication”.
Why Choose Us?
Personalized, friendly service from our dedicated and professional staff. Our studio has office staff on hand during all regular class times so you can get immediate attention.
Family friendly atmosphere
Charming, established facility equipped with private music studios. Our studios have "sprung floors" and a vinyl composite called "Marley" which is accepted world wide as the best surface layer for recreational to professional dance.
Balanced program offering students of all ages a variety of dance styles, theater experience, music lessons & performance opportunities.
Dance, Music & Theater education for the whole family in 1 location - saves gas!
The instructors and staff of the Carmel Academy of Performing Arts attend nationally recognized seminars and conventions as well as regularly scheduled studio meetings to keep up-to-date on innovations in our industry. Our dedicated teaching professionals continue to study from, and contribute to, the expanding field of performing arts and dance through their professional projects and advanced education. These commitments ensure that we can continue to provide a wide spectrum of artistic guidance for our students-as their teachers and mentors.
Students of all levels enjoy year-round instruction in a friendly, caring, loving and creative environment. From the toddler to the beginner to the pre-professional, each student feels the excitement and energy in the air at the Carmel Academy of Performing Arts! We have a program to fit each student’s goals and aspirations…and we look forward to finding the perfect schedule for your family. Welcome to the Carmel Academy of Performing Arts!
Our Core Values
Physical, emotional, and spiritual safety is paramount in the pursuit of personal growth in a creative environment.
Determination and persistence outweigh the power of instantaneous gratification. TEAMWORK A dedicated group, striving towards a goal, is successful only when each team member is the best they can be.
LIFELONG LOVE OF THE ARTS
Whether dancer, singer, actor, musician, scientist, scholar…the life blood of a civilization is based on the importance it places in the arts. We contribute citizens of the world imbued with the love of the arts.
Staff, teachers, students and parents will be listened to with direct interaction, respectful thoughts and words and with the understanding each person is entitled to their thoughts, feelings and opinions.
Regardless of ability, all students will experience the joy of reaching his/her personal level of accomplishment, with their successes verbalized along side positive suggestions for improvement.
MORAL AND ETHICAL STANDARDS
The teachers and staff are sensitive to societal trends that might be detrimental to positive growth of young people. We will maintain affirmative behavior during the creative process.
NEW! iPhone App!
SayBallet, SayJazz & SayTap
We are proud to present our Pocket Video Arts' series of educational dance apps for iPhone.
These educational applications are based on years of success in teaching dance terminology to young students and their parents and can be used with dance students as young as five years old. You do not need an Internet connection to use the app, so your budding dancer can even practice on the way to class!
Children learn by saying, seeing, and doing. With this unique teaching tool, the child can say a dance term, hear the term spoken, watch the video of the step being performed and spronunciation.
Available in the Apple iTunes App Store: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/sayballet/id333408014?mt=8 http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/sayjazz/id379864911?mt=8 http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/saytap/id415352362?mt=8