By Popular Demand new Angelina Ballerina classes
The newly established studio in Aptos houses a full recreational dance program and pre-professional dance program for ages three and up. The Academy’s “No Limits Dance Company” is a competitive team of individual and group award winning pre-professional dancers that fulfills the dance education commitment of AAPA to make you and/or your child an accomplished dancer.
Aptos Academy offers classes in the many forms of artistic performance – dance, music and theater! These include beginning Ballet/Tap for children 2 – 6 years old, Intro to Ballet/Tap, Ballet, Pointe, Tap, Jazz, Hip Hop, Creative Ballet/Tap, Gymnastics, Musical Theatre and Theatre Workshop fill the exciting Performing Arts schedule of the Aptos Academy.
Little Arts School House for preschool children will premier in August on weekday mornings. Kindermusik and dance classes round out this pre-kindergarten bilingual program headed by a California licensed preschool instructor. Small class atmosphere immersed in the arts is a wonderful beginning to your children’s lifelong pursuit of creativity!
Private musical instrument instruction in piano, violin, drums, strings, brass, woodwinds, electric and acoustic guitar in addition to private coaching in voice and acting, is taught in a private sound proofed room. The Aptos Academy of Performing Arts’ well-rounded curriculum is the only facility on the Central Coast to offer a one-stop arts education for families!
Carol Richmond purchased the Aptos Academy of Performing Arts (previously No Limits Dance Company) in December 2011. The AAPA moved into its new location at 7970 Soquel Drive in Aptos, in March of 2012. Carol has been the owner of the Academy’s sister company, the Carmel Academy of Performing Arts for almost 20 years.
“I want children to feel good about themselves,” said Carol, “And to build their self confidence while learning skills that will last them a lifetime. This is our second full year in Aptos and we have steadily grown to a student body for the dance of over 90, not including our adult students. Our music students learning piano, violin, guitar or voice now number 15. I’ve been teaching dance and music for over 30 years and the thrill of seeing a child or adult grow in his or her ability to perform never goes away.”
Carol believes strongly that learning dance and music is not just exercise, but teaches young people performance skills and attitudes that builds the self-confidence one needs to go on stage in front of family, friends and strangers. “There are few other activities that provide this kind of confidence-building opportunity for children.”
Here are just some of the opportunities for young people:
Intro to Musical Theater 5-7 year olds – This class is an introduction to musical theatre for younger children that are not old enough for private training. The students experience basic acting exercises, learn songs from musical theater shows and learn introductory dances and stage movements that will prepare them for future auditions and performances.
Young Dancers 3-4 year olds – The young ballet student is introduced in these classes to the joy of dance and movement through age appropriate stretching to begin class, introduction to French ballet terms and creative expression through dance/storytelling and tempo, shapes and speed of movement. The Academy adds a Tot Ballet class in January each year for dancers turning 3 mid-year!
Music – The Academy offers a complete program of private instruction in musical instruments, voice and acting for students from age five to adults! We have a staff of highly qualified instructors teaching beginning through advanced students. We can assist in renting or purchasing your instrument of choice. Instruments taught include Woodwinds, Strings, Drums, Electric and Acoustic Guitar, Brass, in addition to Voice and Acting.
Gymnastics – All gymnastic programs are open to boys and girls. Our programs are designed so every child may excel to their fullest potential in a non-competitive atmosphere.
All Aptos Academy of Performing Arts programs incorporate character and life building and fitness skills to help create a lifetime of healthy habits.
Aptos Academy of Performing Arts 7970 Soquel Dr., Aptos CA. Call today: 831-684-1800 or visit the AAPA Website: aptosacademyofperformingarts.org