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The Carmel Academy of Performing Arts is an artistic space with a sacred history filled with memories linked indelibly to the arts on the Monterey Peninsula. It will continue to hold and nourish, instruct and expand the arts to all those who walk up the stairs for generations to come, as it has for the past sixty years.

-Carol Richmond -Studio Owner

Dance Classes Carmel, CA

Dance Classes

The Academy offers instruction in ballet, tap, jazz, modern, hip hop, and more!

Explore Dance

Music Lessons Monterey Peninsula

Music Lessons

We offer instruction in musical instruments, voice and acting for students from age 5-adults!

Explore Music

Theater Classes

Calendar of Events

Schedule of Recital Performances, Summer Classes, Intensives, Nutcracker Performances and more!

Calendar of Events



Why Choose Us?


  •  Personalized, friendly service from our dedicated and professional staff. Our studio has office staff on hand during all regular class times so you can get immediate attention.

  •  Family friendly atmosphere

  •  Charming, established facility equipped with private music studios. Our studios have "sprung floors" and a vinyl composite called "Marley" which is accepted world wide as the best surface layer for recreational to professional dance.

  •  Balanced program offering students of all ages a variety of dance styles, theater experience, music lessons & performance opportunities.

  •  Dance, Music & Theater education for the whole family in 1 location - saves gas!

  •  The Peninsula's ONLY studio offering Royal Academy of Dance Vocational Training!

    Royal Academy of Dance Registered Teacher


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    Our Mission

    Our Mission is to nurture, inspire, and encourage students to passionately pursue their dreams through self discipline and dedication.

    Our Purpose

    Our Purpose is to build an environment of committed caring, in a way that develops confident well-rounded people who can extend and realize their highest potential, so they can make meaningful contributions to life in any endeavors they choose.



    Philip Pegler, Royal Academy of Dance

    Registered Teacher

    Ballet Director

    Ashley Rutherford

    Team CAPA Director

    Nicole Costa

    Studio Manager

    Carol Richmond

    Studio Owner



    Contact Us

    Mission Street & 8th
    Carmel-By-The-Sea, CA 93923 
    Directions | (831) 624-3729

    Register NOW For Fall Classes!