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I cannot say enough about Lea Moore’s ability as a dancer and dance instructor! My eight-year-old daughter has taken ballet, jazz and tap classes for the past couple years and my five-year-old started dancing Spring 2010. What amazes me about Lea is that she is able to teach solid skills in a kid-friendly way. I love that she teaches “dance etiquette” in each class. It is not to take away from having fun, but to teach each student the important life skill of respecting others even in a creative environment. Both my girls have learned a lot and have become fond of Lea. She truly cares about her students, wants them to gain a love of dancing and encourages them to give it their all. My daughter quoted something from Lea’s studio yesterday unexpectedly… ”Life’s not about waiting for the storm to pass, it’s about learning to dance in the rain.” I am thankful that she is learning this lesson as well.

Christine Lazorishak, Parent

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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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