California Academy of
Performing Arts is one of the schools in America with performing
arts curricula. Its performing arts programs have more emphasis in
dancing and theatre. The
academy teaches the art of theatre and dance in a professional
manner. Developing the life skills of each student is also part of
the school's philosophy.
California Academy of Performing Arts, simply known as CAPA, accepts
students age 7 years old and up. The academy offers classes in
ballet, jazz, tap, Pointe, hiphop and Pilates. The placement of
students as to what level they belong is at the discretion of the
The present director of California Academy of Performing Arts is
Joan Robinson Brochers. The director is one of the founders of the
academy, which was established in 1981. Ronn Guidi, which was then
the artistic director of the Oakland Ballet, also helped Joan
Robinson in founding the academy, which had 110 students during the
first phase of the performing arts
Joan Robinson Borchers was a member of Duquesne University
Tamburitzans. Her professional career in theatre started at the age
of 13. She became the first newswoman on the air of an NBC affiliate
in El Paso, Texas.
Ronn Guidi, after deciding to answer the demands of the Oakland
Company, handed over to Joan Robinson the full responsibility of
operating the academy. California Academy of Performing Arts'
current manager is Doyle Borchers, Joan Robinson's spouse.
Currently, California Academy of Performing Arts experiences over
1,200 student hours weekly. Its staff includes professionals that
are among the finest in the Bay Area.
California Academy of Performing Arts takes pride in having alumni
that have gone in college. The academy has had dancers that have
performed on Broadway and in Hollywood
movies and have belonged in American
Ballet Theatre. One of the school's alumni can be seen on
national television. Many of its products of performers have been
part of local theatre stages.
California Academy of Performing Arts has also produced ensembles.
Its dance teams have traveled to various destinations around the
world to showcase different performances. The academy with its dance
teams has performed on the Princess Diamond Cruise Ship and at
Disneyland. Its dance teams have become roving ambassadors
for the State Department and have traveled to different destinations
such as Japan, China, Australia, Fiji and Europe.
Moreover, California Academy of Performing Arts has also produced
winners. Some of its performers that have been sent to various
competitions have bagged the championship prizes.
California Academy of Performing Arts is one of the performing arts
academies in the Golden State of
the United States noteworthy for having efficient dance education
programs and for producing notable alumni and dance teams.
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