Art, Dance, Music, and Theater

 


Art

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Bev Jensen Freelance Photography

Grades served: All ages.

Tutoring for children with dyslexia and ADD. Beginning to advanced digital photography classes include outdoor field trips. Students learn the basics of operating a digital camera, methodology and technique, and much more.

Contact:
Bev Jensen
831-335-5500

Drawn2Art

Grades served: Ages 4 to adult

KidsArt and Drawn2Art teach students realistic drawing and painting. Located in Scotts Valley.

Contact:
(831)439-9233

Kimberly Hardin Art Studio

Grades served: K-12

Art and multimedia instruction. Located in Aptos.

Contact:
Kimberly Hardin
831-662-9224

Palace Art and Office Supply

Grades served: K-12

Palace Art and Office Supply offers art classes. Available in Capitola.

Contact:
(831) 464-2700
capitola@gopalace.com

Scotts Valley Arts Center

Grades served: Ages 5 and up

Scotts Valley Art Center students develop their artistic skills and talent under the careful training of professional artist, Shirley Lehner-Rhoades.

Contact:
831-566-5741

The Art Factory

Grades served: Pre-K through adult

Fun and relaxed art classes in a beautiful setting. Located in Aptos.

Contact:
Yvette Contois
831.688.8862
yvettesmail@gmail.com

The Scribbles Institute

Grades served: Age 11 and up. Rob has taught motivated children as young as seven.

Rob Court has a passion for helping children integrate drawing skills into their learning process. Drawing is integral to the process of generating and conveying bold, useful ideas – a foundational life skill for any career. The Scribbles Institute seeks to stimulate the imagination and connect students’ drawing skills with everyday life. Call or email to ask about scheduling a homeschool class! Located in Santa Cruz at the Old Sash Mill.

Contact:
Rob Court
831-421-0774

Dance

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Agape Dance Academy

Grades served: Ages 3 through adult

Agape Dance offers classical ballet training based on the Royal Academy of Dance technique. The academy encourages growth in both physical skills and character building. Located in Scotts Valley.

Contact:
Melanie Useldinger
(831) 359-0850
joymelanie@aol.com

Aptos Academy of Performing Arts

Grades served: Ages 3 and up

The newly established studio houses a full recreational dance program and pre-professional dance program for ages three and up.  No Limits Dance Company, a competitive team of individual and group award winning pre-professional dancers, completes the dance department of AAPA. Classes are offered in many forms of dance, music and theater. Tot Ballet/Tap, Creative Ballet/Tap, Intro to Ballet/Tap, Ballet, Pointe, Jazz, Hip Hop, Tap, Gymnastics, Musical Theatre, and Theatre Workshop fill our exciting schedule.

Contact:
684-1800

Dancenter Inc.

Grades served: Ages 3 through adult

Dance lessons in Capitola including Ballet, Tap & Jazz, hip-hop, modern and Latin.

Contact:
Ruth Gabrielle Fisher
831-475-5032

International Academy of Dance

Grades served: Ages 2 through teen

International Academy of Dance offers classes in classical ballet, hip-hop, lyrical, tap, Irish steppe, acrobatix, dance basix, zumba and belly dance. Located in Santa Cruz.

Contact:
(831) 466-0458

Monterey Bay Academy of Dance

Grades served: Ages 4 and up

The principle focus of the Monterey Bay Academy of Dance is to provide the highest quality of training to students pursuing a career in classical ballet and to students studying for self-enrichment purposes. Located in Watsonville.

Contact:
Suzanne Lundberg
831-325-9504

Motion Pacific

Grades served: All ages

Motion Pacific seeks to strengthen community across dance genres, bringing traditional, street, folk and contemporary dance to the theatre and streets. Located in Santa Cruz.

Contact:
(831)457-1616

No Limits Dance Company

Grades served: All ages

No Limits Dance Company focuses on quality technique, artistry and the basic love of dance and its community. Located in Aptos.

Contact:
831-684-1800

Music

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Cabrillo Youth Chorus

Grades served: Age 8-18

Comprehensive vocal music program offering four levels of instruction. Program involves making music with professional musicians using the best of literature. Classes provided at Cabrillo College in Aptos.

Contact:
831-479-6155

CB Drum Instruction

Grades served: All ages

Group or private drum lessons, all levels and styles. Instructor with twenty years of experience. Available in Scotts Valley.

Contact:
Craig Steven Batanides
831-438-3922
650-533-7012 (cell)

Cheryl Dougan

Grades served: Ages 7 and up

Cheryl teaches classical, improv, Gospel, rock, and jazz piano at her home studio in Corralitos. She truly enjoys teaching and making learning fun! All students study music theory and history and learn to read music after they learn keyboard topography. In addition to private lessons, she has group lessons three or four times during the school year, which include flashcard races, games, and a mini-recital. Parents are encouraged to attend each private lesson, and usually get a bit of private instruction as well!

Contact:
Cheryl Dougan
831-254-3457
c.sky@reagan.com

David Reeves Long – In Home Piano Lessons

Grades served: All ages

Piano instruction in the student’s home.

Contact:
David Long
831-426-7966
831-600-7856

Heartfelt Music

Grades served: 2-12

Guitar Lessons for grades 2-6 and 7-12, located in Mount Hermon, near Scotts Valley.

Contact:
(925) 206-9895
info@heartfeltmusic.org

Heather’s Piano

Grades served: Ages 4 and up

18 + years teaching experience and MTAC certification.  Emphasis is placed on classical music, technique, theory & performing. Located in Aptos.

Contact:
Heather Thompson
831-239-1367
heather.pianist@gmail.com

Irene Hermann

Grades served: Age 5 and up

Piano lessons with a professional musician for beginner through advanced levels. Irene focuses on teaching great reading skills in a variety of musical styles. She lends many books during the first year’s music, because they comprise a repertoire that nobody revisits, so why waste the money? Located near UCSC.

Contact:
Irene Herrmann
831-459-9432
herrmann@ucsc.edu

Juncosa Strings

Grades served: K-12

Violin, cello, viola, and piano lessons from a performing professional. Located in Aptos. Instructor will travel to student homes.

Contact:
Will Juncosa
831-688-3942

June Barber Vocal Studio

Grades served: All ages

June teaches classical vocal technique using Broadway and classical music. Located in Scotts Valley.

Contact:
June Barber
831-461-9246
Junbar222@gmail.com

Lara Willingham

Grades served: K-12

Music lessons in piano, guitar, recorder, and voice. Located in Aptos.

Contact:
(831) 688-6383

Marilyn Trahan

Grades served: Ages 5 and up

“If you enjoy the process, you will enjoy the results,” is Marilyn’s approach. She offers individualized piano and beginning guitar instruction. Customized 45 minute lessons are designed to your child’s specific interests and strengths. Lessons may include ear training, sight reading theory technique, rhythm development, ear training, improvisation, and performance. Many musical instruments, including voice, are used to enhance lessons. Located in Aptos. Marilyn has a BA in music, a California State secondary education credential. She is also a Montessori teacher of children ages 4.5 to 5.

Contact:
Marilyn Trahan
831-688-2591
marilyntrahan@gmail.com

Michael J. Rindt

Grades served: 2-12

Piano lessons. Located in Watsonville.

Contact:
Michael Rindt
831-768-8799
celesteandmike@hotmail.com

Music Preschool

Grades served: Ages 2-5

Toddlers and young children learn about composers and musical concepts; play with instruments; and learn choreographed dances. The class exposes children to authentic sounds of Bali, opera, Latin, reggae, and more. Located in Aptos.

Contact:
Heather Thompson
831-239-1367
Heather.pianist@gmail.com

Ota’s Piano Studio

Grades served: K-12

Piano instruction in Watsonville.

Contact:
Holly Ota
831-722-9369

Robert Mahony

Grades served: Ages 5 through adult

Robert Mahoney teaches piano theory, techniques, and improvisation. He specializes in jazz, classical, pop styles, and in improv. Rob has a recording studio, and students can make professional recordings onto a CD. Located in Felton.

Contact:
(831)-335-7363

Upscale Music

Grades served: All ages

Nicki teaches all ages from kindergarten to post-retirement and beyond.  She uses several of the most popular and effective piano methods, as well as supplementing with music according to the needs and desires of each individual student.

Contact:
Nicki Kerns
831 334-1215
nicki@upscalemusic.biz

Vlada Volkova-Moran

Grades served: All ages

Vlada’s nearly 20 years of piano teaching experience allows her to adjust the lessons according to each student’s abilites, learning style and needs. Most students participate in monthly theory and performance group classes and in the Certificate of Merit program. There are also two annual piano recitals and many other opportunities to perform. Located in Santa Cruz.

Contact:
(831) 460-1030

Watsonville Guitar Studio

Grades served: Ages 8 and up

Instruction in all styles of guitar playing except heavy metal and flamenco. Piano lessons in desired style. Located in Watsonville.

Contact:
Greg Swim
831-728-1910

Theater

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All about Theatre

Grades served: All ages

All About Theatre is a locally owned, community theatre company serving Santa Cruz County. The company aims to provide quality theatre for people of all ages in Santa Cruz County. Their goal is to enrich, educate, inspire, and empower people of every socio-economic background by working as a team to form a unified creative expression.

Contact:
Lindsey Chester
831-345-6340
lindsey@allabouttheatre.org

Christian Youth Theater

Grades served: Ages 4-18

Christian Youth Theater (CYT) is a theater arts training program. It is the largest youth theater in the nation, with affiliates across the country. CYT is funded primarily through its tuition, ticket sales and outside contributions. It is not affiliated with a church body, and people of all faiths are welcome. CYT Santa Cruz conducts three ten-week sessions throughout the school year, teaching drama, voice, dance and a broad spectrum of specialty theatrical workshops at weekly two-hour classes. Enrolled students have the opportunity to work behind the scenes, or audition and perform on stage in a Broadway-style musical performed for the community.

Contact:
Email any of the instructors from the “Contact Us” tab at CYT’s website.

West End Studio Theater

Grades served: Ages 4 through adult

WEST Academy classes empower the imagination and create opportunities to discover and learn. Students explore, reflect, imitate and understand the world around them. The theater encourages students to grow as artists and as people by fostering the individual creative spirit in a group environment. Located in Santa Cruz.

Contact:
831 425-WEST (9378)

Santa Cruz County Department of Parks

Grades served: All

Don’t forget this community resource!

Contact:
(831) 454-7901

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