For over fifty-seven years, the Carmel Academy of Performing Arts has been recognized as the premier dance and theatre arts training facility on the Monterey Peninsula. Joanne Nix, the owner and director of the original Carmel Ballet Academy, concentrated entirely on ballet discipline and performance. In the twenty-two years since the change of ownership, the scope of classes offered has grown to include a complete dance and performing arts curriculum. In order to provide families with exciting and enriching programs for all ages, we continue to expand. Little Arts School House and private instrumental music instruction complement the class schedules including classes for all ages.
In 2005 we changed the name from the Carmel Ballet Academy to the Carmel Academy of Performing Arts in order to reflect the broad spectrum of our curriculum. We developed our Mission and Purpose Statements to embody the life - force we teach: "Dreams... Determination... Dedication"