Carmel Academy of Performing Arts
Mission & 8th Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA
Ph: 831.624.3729

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CAPA is celebrating its 60th year anniversary this year!

On Thursday January 8, 2015 TEAM CAPA performed at the Harlem Globetrotter's half time show in Salinas, CA. This introduction opened a five minute show with the entire competition team on the court! Congratulations TEAM CAPA!

"The Harlem Globetrotters are pleased to welcome members of the elite competition team, TEAM CAPA, to the court. With over 60 team members training at the historic Carmel Academy of Performing Arts, these committed dancers salute the 85 year tradition of Globetrotter excellence. They are proud to share this evening with friends and family and dedicate their performance to the continuation of sports and the arts in the lives of young people everywhere."



In Studio Dance began in 2013 and is an innovative workshop design under the direction of Stacey Hamada and Mikey Trasoras. This remarkable dance intensive goes beyond the one size fits all approach aiming for individualized service. In Studio Dance offers a stress-free, custom tailored event depending on each studio's needs including flexible workshop length, adjudication, choreography and the highly anticipated meet and greets. In Studio Dance offers competition preparation with constructive feedback and a hand's on approach. So that each dancer thrives, workshop classes are capped ensuring optimal instruction by professional dance educators who come with years of experience teaching dancers of all ages and levels. The In Studio Dance experience captures the excitement and energy of dance conventions bringing it right to the studio invigorating students to reach for their maximum potential.

Student Spotlight: Angela Cricelli

The high school sophomore competes with the Carmel Academy of Performing Arts Team in ballet, jazz, tap and contemporary styles. "I have my double life," she laughs. "My ballerina side and my riding side." The balancing act is tough time-wise, but beneficial. "Dancing gives me a lot of muscle control and balance and a good sense of rhythm." She loves both activities, but says it's a no-brainer which would go if she ever has to choose. "Riding is not budging! The only way that's going is up!"


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.

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.

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:

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