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My 8 year old daughter Camille took Youth Hip Hop. I was immediately impressed with the dance moves and steps she brought home with her, but was completely blown away by her recital and the quality of the program and production. As a former Producing Artistic Director for two professional theaters, a former member of AEA, SAG, and AFTRA, in my current role as the Director of the Virginia Film Festival, and as a Dad I have sat through numerous dance recitals that were ill-conceived, undisciplined, with little or no sound and lighting design, and seemingly endless. We go and sit through them because we love our children, want to support them, and believe that dance is a good experience for them. Lea’s Dance Explosion Recital was the exception. All of the dances were excellent, the show was beautifully lit, the sound was crisp, the costumes were smart, and the whole recital ran like a Swiss watch. I left the auditorium with the knowledge that my daughter had received excellent dance and performance training, had been in a quality production, and had fun. By the way, it was truly fun for me as well.

Jody Kielbasa, Parent and Director of the VA Film Festival

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News & Announcements


Visit the Charlottesville Center for the Arts Page!

What is the Charlottesville Center for the Arts? We are one beautiful facility offering students a community for performing arts instruction! CPAS along with The Actor’s Training Studio with Jon Emm, DMR Adventures, and the BalletSchool all operate as independent businesses within the Center itself creating a one-stop-shop for your performing arts needs. We are […]


Our New Location! Charlottesville Center for the Arts Building!

We are excited about our new location at 2409 Ivy Road in the Charlottesville Center for the Arts Building. Several arts based businesses are all operating independently in the same location to form a community for the arts! We look forward to others joining us soon as well!

Exciting News! New Venue Announcement!

A message from Director, Lea Moore… CPAS Families and Students: I wanted to inform you about our new venue beginning Summer 2015. Our school will be relocating three miles southwest of our current location to 2409 Ivy Road (adjacent to the John Deer Tractor Lot). I am excited to say we are occupying an existing […]

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About Us

The Charlottesville Performing Arts School – formerly known as Dance Explosion Studio (circa 2006) – provides proper body alignment training and dance education for all ages in a caring, family atmosphere. Our programs are for students who seek personal enrichment or professional training. Our goal is to bring out the best in our students, helping them reach their full potential. Our faculty will help them accomplish that goal. We offer classes for beginners to pre-professional levels, ages 3 to adult in Jazz, Tap, Ballet, Hip Hop/Breakdancing, Contemporary, and Early Childhood. CPAS also has a yearly performing company, a private coaching program, and specialized training programs.

2015-2016 Brochure & Schedule

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