Music Department

Piano and Voice Lessons Available Now

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 Jr. Kindergarten through High-School students.

In our Children’s Division, students may start as toddlers, utilizing our creative Baby 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 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 !

What people are saying


"Our family has been involved with SPAA for over nine years. My daughter started dancing with SPAC when she was 10 years old after she saw a friend perform in the Nutcracker and she has loved every moment. As a parent, I loved that the dance instructors were wonderful role models for the young dancers. I particularly like the fact that the studio productions gave roles to dancers of all body types. The dancers have fun, but they learn excellent technique, as well. I'd recommend SPAA to anyone looking for a high quality dance studio!"
Vickie Reed
Mother of SPAA '09 graduate, Meredith, currently pursuing a Bachelors Degree at Westmont University

"Thanks again for offering these opportunities for the kids. These experiences have sparked such a growing enthusiasm for music and confidence through performing. I don’t know where else we could have found such a way to ignite their interests in the arts and seen such personal growth."
Susan Clarke
Mother of 3 Former Students