Children's Division

General Information

The Scripps Performing Arts Academy is a quality professional training facility for dance, theatre and music. We promote the understanding that ballet is the foundation for all the performing arts and most sports. Gymnasts, ice skaters, even professional football players, utilize ballet to obtain 
personal excellence.

We provide a creative and nurturing environment that instills; core-strength, mental focus and emotional intelligence by developing confidence, and practiced teamwork without sacrificing the core values of dance as an art form. Our Academy offers a full dance curriculum including Ballet, Pointe, Contemporary, Lyrical, Modern, Jazz and Tap for beginning students through pre-professionals. Our Musical Theatre department offers workshops and productions for the young aspiring thespian through advanced film and stage actors. The Music Department too, offers a wide variety of both vocal and instrumental instruction and we will continue to develop our academic conservatory for Junior Kindergarten through High-School students.

In our Children’s Division, students may start as toddlers, utilizing our creative Toddler n’ Me Classes. By 3-years-old children may participate in our Creative Dance Foundation program before being promoted to our primary divisions.

For the recreational and serious dance student, we offer professional ballet training featuring additional dance disciplines necessary for success in the field. The Ballet program at the Scripps Performing Arts Academy accommodates every type of student from 3 to 93 years old. For students looking to pursue a professional collegiate dancing career, whether it be ballet or jazz, or for children, teens, and adults who want to give ballet a try, we have a class that can accommodate your needs.

We encourage you to view our class descriptions page to learn more about our curriculum and why we are called Southern California’s finest training facility for young people.

Performance opportunities are optional. We do not use class time to rehearse for “annual recitals”. We offer three major ballet productions each year, one tap and jazz production and a variety of musical theatre workshops, theatre productions and musical concerts for students who choose to develop their performance skills. We do not participate in competitions for students under 16-years of age.

We have trained students that have been accepted to programs with New York City Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, Houston Ballet, The American Ballet Theater, The Ailey School, Boston Ballet, the Kirov Academy, and The Rock School, Harid Conservatory, Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet and The Joffrey Ballet School, Chicago and New York and several other prestigious and well-respected programs across the country.

We have also had students go on to successful academic careers at Yale University, Boston Conservatory, Vassar College, New York University, Boston University, Northwestern University, Fordham University, Stanford University, Claremont McKenna, Scripps College, Elon University, UCLA, UCSD, University of California at Irvine and more!

What we know

Inspiring our students to be "great performers and great people" has taken our student philanthropy to a new level. Through the creative performances of our talented students we have helped to raise and generously donate thousands of dollars and volunteer service hours to worthy organizations throughout San Diego County. We are most proud that our efforts to help raise funds for UCSD Medical Center's Neonatal Intensive Care Unit with Isabella's Giraffe Club that has reached over $500,000! When we can be of service through the creative vehicle of the performing arts we are confident that our children’s children will know that the Real Beauty in humanity is all about the Dance !

Jennifer Huerta performing in Ben Stevenson's Sleeping Beauty as a soloist with Texas Ballet Theatre

What people are saying


" I first fell in love with the idea of becoming a ballerina at the age of three or four because it seemed exciting and glamorous. After convincing my parents to enroll me in Angela Amoroso's creative movement classes at Mission Bay Montessori, I was hooked. I soon followed Angela over to her studio at Scripps Performing Arts Academy where I continued to cultivate my love of dance. (Fast forward 24 years later, and here I am at the height of my professional dance career as a Soloist with Texas Ballet Theater).

Looking back on my childhood and the beginnings of my early development as an artist and individual, I realize how fortunate I was to start my dance training with Scripps Performing Arts. It quickly became like a second home and family to me, because it was a safe place where everyone could share their love of live theater while being encouraged to be our true individual selves. I will forever be grateful to Angela and Scripps Performing Arts because they were responsible for helping ignite the life long passion within me to dance. It was through their extremely nurturing, positive, fun, and more importantly non competitive program, that I never lost sight of my own personal reasons for dancing and never became tired of it.

One of the most important things the Academy instilled in its students was that even though we were children, we could make a difference in the world. After all of the countless performances of performing in honor of Earth Day, and in public libraries and high schools around the community, the most valuable lesson I learned, that I still try to apply to my life as a dancer to this day, is to always dance from my heart and for the pure joy that it may bring to others. Although I am just one small being in this universe, I too can make a difference by sharing my passion and talents with the world."
Jennifer Huerta
SPAA '98 graduate, Soloist with Texas Ballet Theatre