Friday, January 25, 2013

Fun stuff coming up!!

Hello APA folk!! 

Next week we've got guest teachers coming into town and we'd love to have you join us.


Friday February 1, 2013 at 7:00pm

Sarah Reich (Performer, Choreographer, Instructor) has emerged as one of the new leaders in the Art Form of Tap Dance. At the young age of 15, this Los Angeles native was featured in Dance Spirit Magazine’s article, “20 Hot Tappers Under 20” and has since been sought after to perform, choreograph, and teach in over six countries including France, China, Costa Rica, Honduras, Canada, and Sweden. Recently Sarah was seen as a guest performer on FOX’s Hit Television Series, So You Think You Can Dance with Emmy-Award Winner Jason Samuels Smith’s tap company, Anybody Can Get It (ACGI). She is also a member of Chloe Arnold’s Syncopated Ladies and is the Artistic Director of her own company, Tap Con Sabor with the goal to expose tap to the Latino community throughout Los Angeles and abroad. For eight years, Sarah has worked alongside her mentor and tap legend, Harold Cromer teaching at numerous tap festivals and events. Previously she extensively trained with Cyd Glover, Paul & Arlene Kennedy, and Becky Twitchell studying technique, performance, musicality and improvisation, making Sarah one of the most well-rounded tap dancers in the business. In addition to her vast international travels and countless television appearances, Sarah has had the honor to perform at some of the most prestigious venues back home in Los Angeles such as The Hollywood Bowl, The Ford Amphitheatre, the Greek Theater with Mexican Pop-Star, Cristian Castro and the Kodak Theater with the great Herbie Hancock. Currently Sarah is developing new exciting works, Tap Music Project and Sole Sisters – a collaboration with Melinda Sullivan. Sarah produces a weekly class/tap jam for the Los Angeles tap community, Monday Night Tap Experience. She also frequently performs around the city with popular local bands, Magnolia Memoir, Oskar Cartaya's Latin Jazz Band and Dessy DiLauro.

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Nathan began dancing and choreographing in Greenville South Carolina. He has trained at The Juilliard School under the direction of Lawrence Rhodes. His performance experience includes the works of Alexander Ekman, Nacho Duato, Jerome Robbins, Bronsilava Nijinska, Eliot Feld, Sidra Bell, Jose Limon, and Victor Quijeda.

In December of 2010, Nathan collaborated with composer Jared Miller for the Juilliard Composers and Choreographers Concert. Nathan’s choreography has been recognized at the regional and national level as well as being selected for the Choreographic Honors concert in Juilliard’s own prestigious Peter Jay Sharp Theater (2009 and 2010). In addition, Nathan’s choreography appeared on Fox’s So You Think You Can Dance (Jakob Karr: Audition & Top 10 solo, Ariana Dubose: Top 20 solo). Nathan also had the distinct pleasure of choreographing a dance/music video for UK Artist Richard Walters entitled “American Stitches”.

Last summer, Nathan placed 1st runner up in the competition for the 2011 Capezio Award for Choreographic Excellence.

Nathan is a current faculty member of Fresh Dance Intensive (Artistic Director David Norsworthy), an initiative to help promote the next generation of young choreographers and artists.

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Thursday, October 27, 2011

"once upon a time" Performing Arts Benefit Performance at SPIN!!

once upon a time - Benefit Performance
Academy of Performing Arts-San Diego is sponsoring an exciting new benefit / project to help raise funds for up and coming artists.  See information below:


This show could be the most fun you'll ever have with performing arts in a nightclub! contACT ARTS and Actors Alliance of San Diego join together to offer a venue for San Diego's emergent artists to perform in a "one night only" BENEFIT variety show at Spin Nightclub featuring Broadway guest artist Roxane Carrasco & Lindsley Allen's (OG Pussycat Dolls) CHERRY BOOM BOOM!!

"Lindsley Allen's rockin' and sexy concoction...brilliantly conceived and perfectly executed night of rowdy entertainment." -Flavorpill


Cherry Boom Boom (Sassy Burlesque)
Roxane Carrasco (Emcee and “THE GRASS IS ALWAYS GREENER”)
Hart Twins (80’s Pop / Opera / Standards)
Susan Huniu (Contemporary Pop)
Kyle J. Jackson (Musical Theatre)
Gerardo Gil (Contemporary Ballet Duet)
Shaun Evans (Musical Theatre/Jazz/Blues)
Christy Cody (FEVER with backup dancers)
Vincent Hardy (Commercial Dance)
Stella Bay (Stand Up Comedy)
Mike Snow – (Rapper. Bomb Squad Labs, Deific Inc.)
ROAR Theatre (Sketch Comedy)
Charlene Koepf (Musical Theatre)
Ana de La Torre (CABARET for Charlene Koepf)
Gloria Lanuza (Bollywood - DEVINE DESI DANCE)
Ms. Grace Towers (DRAG / Lady Gaga)
Anthony Rodriguez (Contemporary / HIP HOP)
Kevin Cavanaugh (Standards)
OMFG Zombies (Synthpop Anonymous mixed exclusively for once upon a time)
djLostRobot (Progressive, Dubstep, Trance)


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Spin Nightclub
2028 Hancock Street
San Diego, CA 92110

November 3rd - 8pm SHARP (Suggested arrival time is 7:30pm)

SPECIAL TX TO OUR SPONSORS -- Spin Nightclub, NUG Magazine and Academy of Performing Arts

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Thursday, October 20, 2011

Just Another Wednesday at APAStudios on October 19, 2011


We just thought this was something to share since we haven't posted anything on the blog for a while.

There's alot going on and we've got to get going with the posts.

We should have announcements up within the next few days. :-)

Friday, October 1, 2010

Boogiezone Contemporary comes to La Mesa, CA



A new era is emerging. A social movement garnered by dancers of all styles and backgrounds and a growing interest in all things related to dance by fans of every age around the globe. Thanks to the media, television shows like “So You Think You Can Dance” and “Dancing with the Stars,” dance inspired commercials, and movies like “Step Up,” dance is reaching a broader audience. Similarly, the internet has allowed us all to reach areas of the world where dance does not readily exist.

On the forefront of this new movement is – YOUR online dance community connection! First established in 2002, Boogiezone is known by thousands worldwide for offering a place where aspiring and professional dancers, choreographers, dance groups, and the fans that love them come to meet, greet, inspire, be inspired, network and build relationships in the process. Four years ago the concept of “Community” in the dance scene was unheard of. Now, Boogiezone is responsible for bringing groves of dancers together, known by many worldwide as the most active online dance community to join. The idea of Boogiezone and the massive grass roots movement which emerged from it has definitely influenced the way the entertainment industry runs and behaves.

Simply imagine a communication hub that bridges the gap between aspiring and professional dancers around the world. That is Boogiezone. The dance community hotspot where anyone who wants to share with others their passion for dance and performance can meet, greet, inspire, be inspired, make connections and build relationships in the process. Together, we represent a fresh, new, community comprised of passionate people, ready to take dance to the next level.

Currently, Boogiezone has over sixteen thousand registered members online, with thousands upon thousands visiting our pages every month. We can’t forget to include the thousands of subscribers who watch our extensive collection of nearly 1,900 class videos on Youtube and the hundreds of hungry students that fill our ten regularly scheduled Community Classes worldwide! As a result our community continues to grow at a remarkable rate. The attention we have received has enabled us to sponsor the largest dance competitions like “Hip Hop Interna­tional,” shows like ‘Groovaloo’, work with the largest dance conven­tions like “Monsters of Hip Hop” and partner with movie powerhouses like Lionsgate Films and Sony Pictures. We are also supported by the industry’s top talent agencies like MSA and Bloc, major dance studios like Millennium Dance Complex, dance groups like Quest Crew and countless choreographers to the stars like Janet Jackson, Britney Spears, and Mariah Carey.




Will Johnston has been training in dance since the age of four. Coming from San Jose, CA, he received the majority of his training at A.K.A Dance Company under the direction of Kelly and Alex Velasquez. Will graduated from the University of California: Irvine with a B.F.A in Dance Performance, a B.F.A in Dance Choreography, and a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering. While at UCI, he was a four-year member of the legendary Donald McKayle’s UCI Etude Ensemble as well as a performer in works by renowned faculty members Loretta Livingston, Jodie Gates, Lisa Naugle, and Israel “El” Gabriel. Will is also a member of Tayeh Dance Company, performing works choreographed by Sonya Tayeh, one of which premiered at the City Center in New York City in November 2009. In addition to performing for Tayeh, Will assisted the choreographer on season five of Fox’s So You Think You Can Dance as well as the national commercial for ABC's Dancing with the Stars. Will’s passion also lies in the art of choreography. He has choreographed numerous works for local studios in the San Francisco Bay Area as well as for various UCI dance productions. He has had the honor of showcasing twelve works at UCI, one of which was invited to perform by former Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater member, Stephanie Powell, in Long Beach, CA. Most recently, Will along with co-choreographer, Jenna Otter, was awarded the Grand Prize Award at the prestigious Dancing Under the Stars Choreography Festival, in Palm Desert, CA, for their duet entitled "Amongst the Hedges." Currently, Will is a member of CADC, a teacher at the Team Millennia Dance Studio, the assistant director of Westside Dance Project, as well as Co-Director of Boogiezone’s contemporary company, ENTITY.


Ashley Paige, originally from San Jose California, has been studying dance since she was 6 years old. While living in Northern California she was a part of Teen Dance Company of the Bay Area and had the chance to work with many top choreographers including Carlos Jones, Mia Michaels, Tabitha and Napoleon DíUmo, and Jason Parsons. She then moved to Los Angeles and attended Loyola Marymount University and graduated in 2008 with a Bachelors Degree in dance and an emphasis in education. Since moving to LA Ashley has become a part of BARE Dance Company based in Orange County, run by creative director Mike Esperanza. After being signed with McDonald Selznick and Associates in 2006 she has worked in various areas of commercial dance as well. So far she has worked with such artists as Wayne Brady and Gladys Knight at the Hollywood Bowl, as well as Rihanna in the video ìUmbrellaî, and the 2008 Video Music Awards as a principle dancer in ìDisturbiaî. Ashley also worked with choreographer Margueritte Derricks in a commercial for the television drama Nip/Tuck. Most recently, Ashley has become a part of Boogiezone's newest contemporary company, Entity. Dance has been and will always be more than an art; for her, it is a seamless means of passionate expression and a never-ending learning experience.


Marissa Osato is the co-artistic director of Boogiezone’s new contemporary dance company, ENTITY, as well as the co-founder and host of the Boogiezone Contemporary Community Class. Marissa recently graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of California, Irvine with a B.A. in Dance and B.A. in Literary Journalism. She has danced with modern dance legend Donald McKayle’s repertory company, Etude Ensemble, Boogiezone’s professional hip hop team, BREED Dance Company, and Tessandra Chavez’s Unity LA. Marissa currently teaches at Team Millennia Dance Studio and Cutting Edge Dance Center and choreographs for various studios and teams across the United States. Her unique style fuses lyrical jazz, modern, and hip hop. Represented by DDO Artists Agency in Los Angeles, Marissa views dance as her avenue of impact. She is all about positivity, support, and shared inspiration!


Erica Michelle Sobol has spent a lifetimesofar studying performing arts in both New York and Los Angeles. She has earned a BA in dance-theater from Barnard College at Columbia University. She has created and trained with so many brilliant choreographers, including but not limited to: Gil Duldulao, Kevin Maher, Victor Rojas, Craig Hollamon, Matt Cady, Rhapsody James, and Tucker Barkley. Erica has worked as a master instructor at several dance studios all over the world, including Manhattan’s Peridance, LA’s Debbie Reynolds Dance Studio, BDC in Tokyo, Japan and Skip on Guam. And she is on faculty at the Edge Performing Arts Center. Erica Michelle Sobol is the founder and artistic director of collidEdance, an ever-evolving professional dance company dedicated to blurring the line between dance and theater. Erica feels lucky, so lucky, to be inspired everyday.





“Fire Bomb”

“First Love” (Boogiezone class)

“Try Sleeping with a Broken Heart”


“Sex Therapy”

“High Price” (Boogiezone class)




APA in San Diego

APA in San Diego
Scholarship students from mid-2005 photoshoot.