The Charlottesville Performing Arts School (CPAS, and formerly known as Dance Explosion Studio) is the area’s premier destination for instruction in Dance, Fitness, Voice, Acting, Piano, Flute, Guitar and more. Our state-of-the-art facility provides technically proper body alignment dance training and age-appropriate movements, as well as high quality music and instrumental instruction in a nurturing, family atmosphere. CPAS programs are for students of all ages who seek personal enrichment or pre-professional training. Our goal is to bring out the best in our students, and help them to reach their full potential. We do this by offering the best in dance and music technique, while cultivating a love for performing arts in our students. Our staff strives to raise the bar on excellence in performing arts education while providing a safe environment – fostering achievement at the highest levels.
- Beginners to Pre-professional levels, ages 3 to adult
- Jazz, Tap, Ballet, Hip Hop, Contemporary, Modern, Pilates, Cardio Jam, Personal Training
- Piano, Voice, Guitar, Flute, Acting, Musical Theater
- Private/small group instruction and party hosting services.
Step in from the heat with the hottest summer classes and camps in town! Summer registration is open! Pre-registration is required to reserve your space, but pay only for the weeks you attend. View our summer brochure here.
Our Studio… Our beautiful studio has a large lobby with the only video class viewing system in the area! Both dance rooms have state-of-the art sprung floors made from recycled rubber. These shock-absorbing pads reduce fatigue, prevent injuries, and provide support and spring. The floors are covered with compression plywood and covered with top of the line dance vinyl. We also have a separate, secluded room for all of our music lessons. If you are interesting in renting our space, please contact the school.
Message from Lea Moore, Director…
“We are excited to be moving in a direction that enables us to offer performing arts instruction – both for the aspiring professional, and for students seeking enrichment in an enjoyable environment. Our mission is to offer an unparalleled experience for people of all ages who are looking for top-caliber training and fun while building strength, poise, and self confidence in an encouraging atmosphere.”