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I danced at Scripps Performing Arts Academy my entire life, and they helped me grow as a dancer and as a person. It's nice to be able to go into a dance class knowing that everyone there is on your side trying to help you become the best you can be. At SPAA everything is very professional, but in a very nurturing environment which is pretty rare to find at a ballet studio. The teachers at SPAA are not only great dance teachers, but also great mentors who are more than willing to help any student with any problems they have. I highly recommend SPAA to any dancer that is looking for a fulfilling dance training experience.
-- Rachel Irelan
SPAA '09 graduate, Pursuing BFA in dance at the Boston Conservatory '13


I started dancing at the Scripps Performing Arts Academy when I was eight years old and continued to train there until I graduated from high school. SPAA has always been a great environment to grow up in. The teachers are encouraging while instilling discipline at the same time. They pushed me to work hard at all times, and I was constantly being challenged. Although there were times when I got tired of going to class everyday, I realized it was only for my good. My dancing improved so much thanks to all of the long hours I spent training. Miss Miah, was my main teacher through all of my dancing years, and she really knows her ballet. She was always the teacher who focused on the technicality of ballet before she moved on to making the dancing look good. She gave my classmates and I a solid background when we were young, so we could excel when we got older. I am currently attending Westmont College and I always love to come back to the studio on breaks to dance.
--Meredith Reed
SPAA '10 graduate, Pursuing a Bachelors Degree at Westmont University.


I am so impressed with the improvements I see each year. You are doing a wonderful service with the young people not only teaching them to dance, but teaching them how to discipline their lives. These are things they will benefit from throughout their lives. These young people are so blessed to have the opportunity to work in a disciplined environment with such talented instructors.
-- Sylvia Danner
Grandmother of a Former Pre-Professional Student


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 persuing 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 Three Former Students


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