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Royal Dance Academy in the Piazza Carmel Shopping Center of Carmel Valley has provided dance classes for thousands of children over the past 13 years. It is known as the dance studio many children call “their second home,” but has been bursting at the seams for a number of years.
Due to a high demand for more dance opportunities and additional performing arts programs, RDA is expanding and introduces Royal Academy of Performing Arts (RAPA) soon to be opened in Sorrento Valley area of San Diego. RDA will continue to operate from its very successful Carmel Valley Studios (next to Ace Hardware and Hallmark), and RAPA will be a new entity in Sorrento Valley.
RAPA will not only provide an extensive dance program incorporating all aspects and styles of dance, but it will also provide acting lessons, singing/voice lessons, musical instrument lessons, yoga, Pilates, Gyrotonics, nutrition, conditioning, life coaching and educational tutoring.
The new 15,000 square-foot facility will also host a juice/snack bar, five large dance studios, Pilates reformer studio, acting studio, three music/voice rooms, a large studio including an auditorium with retractable seating for in-house performances, homework room, large waiting area and a dance store.
RDA already offers many ballet classes for recreational dancers to pre-professional level dancers. RDA is the only studio in San Diego offering the world renowned “Royal Academy of Dance” ballet syllabus which trains dancers as young as 5 years of age. Dancers in the RDA program have an opportunity to take ballet examinations where an examiner flies in from anywhere in the world to assess them. The results have always been outstanding and the children love receiving their certificate from the Royal Academy in London.
RDA also has a competitive program with 30 teams of dancers competing in jazz, hip hop, tap, lyrical, musical theatre and contemporary. Students also have the opportunity to perform solos. Although RDA produces excellent dancers and winning teams, the whole experience is more important than just winning the trophy. RDA provides more than just a dance class and technique. Children learn life skills, build friendships and create memories to last a lifetime. That is what RDA and RAPA will always maintain as their mission statement.
As well as a thriving competition program, RDA and RAPA hope to provide the whole spectrum of performing arts opportunities for children of all ages and levels. RDA has been voted “Best Dance Studio” on the north coast for the last five years and is proud to be serving the community and surrounding region. u
• Royal Dance Academy, 3880 Valley Centre Drive, Suite 201, San Diego.
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