Academy of Performing Arts (APA) strives to provide students with the type of instruction that benefits the individual. We offer both recreational dance and pre-professional level instruction.
In recreational dance, the focus is on the sheer enjoyment of learning a skill and dance itself, and to prepare the budding student for pre-professional study, if that is the goal. Classes are offered for all ages, from age four and up, including adults, and include ballet / tap, ballet / barre fitness, muscial theatre, and Irish step dance.
Recreational dance students perform in an end-of-season revue, where they can demonstrate their hard-earned skills to family and friends.
While recreational dance students are not expected to be as driven as the pre-professional students, rest assured that the quality of instruction they will receive will be on par with that received by the pre-professional.
For the pre-professional student, the concentration is on perfecting technique and preparing students to enter colleges with a dance/theater major, auditions, and participation in competitive ballet programs across the USA. Classes offered in the pre-professional segment include Ballet II to Ballet VI, as well as pointe classes for beginners and advanced students. APA is introducing a new-to-the-area ballet class called “Partnering,” or pas de deux, where students are paired and work on dancing with a partner, such as the traditional male and female roles in classical ballet.
This year, APA continues a transitional process to bring the pre-professional ballet program compatible with Vaganova school, to include all eight levels found in Vaganova instruction, exams, etc. We are excited at the opportunities this will bring our more serious students.
Other pre-professional classes include competitive Irish step-dance, offered through the auspices of the renowned McCafferty School of Irish Dance, based in Arkansas; and beginner and advanced ballroom dance, taught by a southern Russia ballroom champion.
Pre-professional students compete and perform throughout the year and are offered the opportunity to participate in studio-sponsored performances for the public.