California Academy of Performing Arts, (CAPA) is located in Moraga, California, in San Francisco’s East Bay. Joan Borchers founded CAPA in 1981. Joan is the co-owner with her husband Doyle. She is also the Artistic Director and still teaches and choreographs at the age of 70!
According to Joan, they are not a competition school but produce a huge number of dancers who go on to ABT, Broadway, Julliard, Tisch, etc. They teach art rather than focusing on tricks. CAPA’a motto has always been to teach life skills through dance. They have nearly 450 students taking a total of nearly 1,700 dance hours per week, with a team of 14 professional teachers. They focus on classical ballet, contemporary, musical theater, jazz, tap, pre-school classes and even some hip hop. Their dancers make CAPA their second home and remain lifelong friends.
Joan believes that CAPA stands out from other studios because they made the choice not to participate in competitions. They have two tracks their students can take: They have regular dance technique classes, but also 9 Ensembles and 9 Ballet Companies that sign annual contracts regarding behavior, attendance, wholesome appearance, no bullying, no tattoos, bunable hair, etc. these groups have very specific requirements (more…)