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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

Birthday Parties Carmel Monterey

Birthday Parties Here!

Choose from Princess Party, Pajama Jam,      Hip Hop or Create Your Own Theme.  Click for more information.

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Special Summer Events

Dance Kids Peter Pan Camp

Enrollment is now open! 

July 16-27th, 9:00-3:30PM

Cost: $375

For students previously or currently enrolled at CAPA, just click on the "register now" button, enter your login information in the parent portal and select your classes.  For new students, click on "register now" and then create a new login on the CAPA parent portal.  If you have any questions, give us a call at 831-624-3729.

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Contemporary and Hip Hop Lab, 

Enrollment is now open!

Ages 10 & Up

July 30-Aug. 3rd, 11:00AM-4:00PM

Cost: $435

Come join us for a one week intensive designed to give the students an opportunity to work with some of the best instructors from Los Angeles and the Bay Area! Dancers will learn several styles including contemporary, lyrical, hip-hop, heels, improv and yoga! 

Daily drop ins  are welcome, please call or email the front desk for this option:

July 3th: 

11:00-11:15 Welcome/Registration

11:15-12:45 Lyrical w/Kiara Brown

12:45-1:15 Lunch

1:15-2:15 Jazz Funk w/Kiara Brown (heels optional) 

2:15-2:30 Break

2:30-4:00 Contemporary with Shauna Noland

July 31st:

11:00-12:30 Technique with Kimi Huckaby

12:30-1:00 Break

1:00-2:30 Contemporary with Shauna Noland

2:30-4:00 Lyrical with Kat Kalotkin

August 1st: 

11:00-12:30 Hip-Hop with David Bortnick

12:30-1:00 Break

1:00-2:30 Contemporary with Haley Jonae

2:30-3 Industry Q&A with Haley Jonae and Macy Swaim3-4 Jazz Funk with Macey Swaim

Aug 2nd: 

11:00-12:30 Contemporary with Macy Swaim

12:30-12:45 break

12:45-2:00 Jazz Funk with Haley Jonae (heels optional)

2-2:30 Lunch

2:30-4 Body Conditioning with Kelly R

Aug 3rd: 

11:00-12:30 Stretch, Strength and Improv with Ashley Rutherford

12:30-1:00 break

1:00-2:30 Lyrical with Nadia Hinds

2:30-4:00 Contemporary/Dance Tricks with Kimi Huckabee



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


    In The News

    Exciting News!

    The Carmel Academy of Performing Arts is honored to be in the top five nominees for Best Dance Studio for 2017!  Please take a moment to vote in at least 20 categories to be counted! 

     http://mcweekly.wehaaserver.com/survey-12-2018-best-of-monterey-county%25C2%25AE-readers-poll-finals-round.html
     As we enter our sixty-fifth year we recognize the staff and teachers of CAPA and their dedication to the students with continuing excellence in training.  It truly is the Best! yet we are keenly aware without your support and trust, we would not be here.  We sincerely thank you.
    We are reaching out, once more for your support!
    Please vote for Carmel Academy of Performing Arts...  Voting is open until February 21!
     With love and thanks,
    Carol

    ~Carol Richmond



    Award-winning Choreographer Will Lead New Dance Class

    Award-winning Venezuelan choreographer Trina Frómeta will lead a new dance class, Dance for Healing, Dance for Parkinson’s, every Monday at the Carmel Academy of Performing Arts in Carmel.Classes will be held from noon to 1:15 p.m., at CAPA, Mission Street and Eighth Avenue, in Carmel. There is a $10 donation for each class. The class is inspired by the methods and approaches of the Mark Morris Dance Group’s Dance for PD program.The renowned choreographer was recently awarded a full scholarship from Mark Morris Dance Group in Brooklyn, New York, and its Dance for PD program to become certified as a dance teacher for Parkinson’s disease.Born in Caracas, Venezuela, to a conductor, arranger and composer father and an author mother, Frómeta draws inspiration from visual art, language, poetry, contemporary music and nature for the creation of her work.Frómeta‘s work is lucid, visually sophisticated, and speaks with emotional clarity to a broad audience. Since 1990 her artistic, cultural, and teaching activities have earned her worldwide recognition through over 50 acclaimed international choreographic presentations, from Cuba and Germany to Spain, Greece and the U.S.In 1995, Frómeta founded two contemporary dance and community training companies in Venezula, Proyecto Movimientos and Taller de Movimientos, and continues to serve as artistic director of both organizations.



    Carmel Pine Cone

    CARMEL VALLEY natives Gwyneth Rider and Tenaya Long have been dancing and dreaming of becoming professional ballerinas for as long as they can remember. Yet neither imagined getting accepted into prestigious dance academies that could get them to the professional stage so soon.





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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



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    Mission Street & 8th
    Carmel-By-The-Sea, CA 93923 
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