We were in search of a dance program for our son and, after contacting several schools across the county, Scripps Performing Arts Academy (SPAA) stood above the rest in both vision and approach. Our son has always loved to dance and we knew he would need structure and guidance as well as flexibility to still be a kid. From the moment we first walked through their doors and still today, we have always felt warmly welcomed. SPAA provides quality education in all forms of dance as well as musical theatre and delivers it all in a way that supports whole person growth.
In our nearly two years as part of the SPAA family, we have witnessed the delight of the littlest ones as they learn ballet and tap technique while singing along to their favorite songs; others meeting up with their friends in the lobby and sharing how excited they are to begin their classes and rehearsals; and the older students walking in with confidence as they warm up for their next class and rehearsal.
Across age and skill level, students are met where they are each day. The emotional person is addressed along with the physical technique of each class. As for my son, he continues to be excited to go to his ballet classes and added musical theatre to his schedule this year. He is simply thriving there. We have watched him go from novice to showing promise and full of spirit.
More recently, our older son expressed interest after seeing how much fun our younger son was having, and is now participating in a musical theatre class. He, too, is thriving. He is now working with his voice and playing characters at home all of the time and we have already seen his confidence level improve. If there was one thing you could count on your child(ren) taking away from their experiences at SPAA, it is a myriad of skills they will use throughout their life, most especially confidence.
SPAA provides experienced and knowledgeable instructors who go out of their way to connect with their students, creating a warm environment for learning. In fact, it feels like a home away from home for both students and their families. SPAA does so much by way of classes, shows and productions, one would think they are a small army when, in reality, they are a tight-knit group, passionate about sharing their craft and educating young people through performance art. Their larger productions also give us families a wonderful way to get involved, helping with various parts of the shows, and allowing us to be part of our children’s fun.