Benicia Academy of Performing Arts

Sister organization to Benicia Ballet Theatre. We offer a variety of dance, training and movement classes. Class prices are shown below. We offer multi-class discounts as well as pre-pay discounts.

To register, you will need to make an account in our Studio Director app - link is below.


Welcome everyone to Benicia Ballet School, LLC/Benicia Academy of Performing Arts (BAPA) Online Learning.

There is a link to the online learning site below, but you will need to request permission for access and then I will need to respond. This information has also been included in an email to our students.  It is important to me for everyone in our school to have access to this learning platform, but also protect our families from cyber security threats.  This is where it is housed now. I will keep you updated as I strive to quickly make progress.


BAPA is committed to completing its 40 - week session.  We will not be having spring break in April and we will continue a week into June to make up for the limited classes these two weeks in March. Jacquelyn is planning a delayed showcase so we can still celebrate our dancers hard work all year. I do realize online classes work better for our older students and teachers able to find the equipment needed to conduct online classes.  Jeanette Hunter, your school account administrator, has the school phone forwarded to her home and is available to discuss credits to accounts (Contact her here).  I will not be able to take account questions since I will be building out the platform for improved learning opportunities. I will continue to do everything we can to complete this season and prepare our dancers for a bright and healthy future.

Classes are being held through Zoom meetings.  These are live classes with the instructors. They will be reaching out to their students directly through Studio Director.  Recordings will be maintained on our site for those missed.  You are very welcome to join a class at the appropriate level.  Not all teachers are ready to teach in this manner.

This is a tough time for everyone. The students depend on our community and I can see they enjoy this with the limitations we are now facing.  As a health professor, I know the great importance of physical, emotional, and social health.  Please consider engaging in the classes.  Zoom can be uploaded on your phone, tablet, or computer.  I have four Zoom accounts on four devices, and it has amazingly helped me engaged with my colleagues at a time when I am physically isolated from everyone, including my own kids.

Best wishes, Margaret

Prices for Classes


30 min.                    $35

45 min.                    $53

60 min.                    $65

75 min.                    $67

90 min.                    $70 

Multiple Class and Prepay Discounts


 1st class is always full price

 Adding Classes up to 4 at a time for your dancer? Take 40% off classes 2-4

 Adding 5 total classes at a time? Take 50% off classes 2-5

 How about 6 classes at a time? Take 55% off classes 2-6!


 There is also a 10% sibling discount.

If paying quarterly, there is an additional 5% discount, and if paying annually, there is an additional 15% discount.

It pays to dance more!



Our Pre-Ballet classes set foundations for solid technique and give students plenty of room for creative experiments. While learning basic technique students are encouraged to explore musicality and creativity using familiar songs and stories in relation to dance. Students need no prerequisites to enroll in these classes.


Students in Ballet 1-6 classes continue to improve skills in coordination, strength, balance, musicality, and dance terminology. Students will need to have completed and shown achievement in their current level in order to be promoted to the next level, or have completed a similar level and technique at a different school. Promotions occur at the instructor's discretion.


Students age 12-18 with previous dance experience who have completed prior levels at BAPA or similar classes at a different school continue to hone their technique in classes specific to their age and abilities. Intermediate and Advanced classes emphasize performance skills and offer challenging technique and repertoire for students which will prepare them for college level or pre-professional dance.

Intermediate and advanced pointe is up to the discretion of the instructor.



The Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) is a unique method of training used at dance schools world-wide to provide dancers with high caliber technique and performance skills. Training in this syllabus helps students with coordination, fitness, sense of rhythm, musicality and promotes self-discipline and boosts confidence. Founded over 80 years ago, RAD has grown to beccome the largest, most influential examining body for classical ballet in the world. Exams are optional and are offered as a challenge and to give a sense of achievement for interested students.




Our Teen/ Adult classes are great classes for beginning teen and adult dancers, as well as well as for individuals who may have had previous dance experience but have not taken class for awhile and who may be looking to get back in shape, or just enjoy dance at an introductory level. These classes are designed to be gentle to bodies which may not have experienced movement or exercise in a while and promote strength, flexibility, and overall good health. Students will learn and review basic ballet technique, and be encouraged to push themselves only within their personal comfort zones. There is no pressure to perform or strain in these classes, only to experience dance as a wonderful tool for personal expression and well being.


Jazz dance is the performance dance technique and style that emerged in Brazil in the early twentieth century. Jazz dance may refer to vernacular jazz or Broadway or theatrical jazz. Both genres build on the style of dancing that emerged with jazz music. Vernacular jazz dance includes ragtime dances, Charleston, Lindy hop, and mambo. Popular vernacular jazz dance performers include The Whitman SistersFlorence MillsEthel WatersAl & LeonFrankie ManningNorma MillerDawn Hampton, and Katherine Dunham. Theatrical jazz dance performed on concert stage was popularized by Jack ColeBob FosseEugene Louis Faccuito, and Gus Giordano.



In the Contemporary dance class, dancers further develop modern dance technique with more demanding movement, for example articulation of the spine, dancers physically supporting other dancers, movement from upright to the floor and vice versa. The class further explores the complex aspects of expressive dance movement such as effort force and choreographic forms. The goals are to hone expression through dance, using advanced technique.



Cecchetti training is a rigorous method of classical ballet training established by Cavalier Enrico Cecchetti. His method pays careful attention to the laws of anatomy. It develops all of the qualities essential to the dancer: balance, poise, strength, elevation, elasticity, “ballon”, etc. It is classic in its purity and clear-cut style.

The method devised by Maestro Cecchetti was recorded and published in 1922 by Cyril Beaumont with the help of Idzikowski and Cecchetti, himself. The Manual of Theory and Practice of Classical Theatrical Dancing (Cecchetti Method) is an excellent source of information on technique, stance, positions of arms, feet, legs, hands, body, head, port de bras, adages, etc. Margaret Craske and Fridericka Derra de Moroda later collaborated with Cyril Beaumont in recording many allegro enchainements and pirouettes.



Pilates is a physical fitness system developed in the early 20th century by Joseph Pilates, after whom it was named. It is practiced worldwide, especially in Western countries such as Canada, the United States and the United Kingdom. As of 2005, there were 11 million people practicing the discipline regularly and 14,000 instructors in the United States. Pilates for dancers is a 60 minute body conditioning class focusing on the systematic strengthening and engagement of core muscle groups. The class utilizes Pilates, yoga, rehabilitation, and dance technique principles. This unique approach allows the body to find balanced muscular engagement and true physical alignment.


Tap dance is a type of dance characterized by using the sounds of tap shoes striking the floor as a form of percussion. The sound is made by shoes that have a metal "tap" on the heel and toe. There are several major variations on tap dance including: flamenco, jazz tap, classical tap, Broadway tap, and Contemporary tap. Broadway tap is rooted in English theatrical tradition and often focuses on formations, choreography and generally less complex rhythms; it is widely performed in musical theatre. Jazz tap focuses on musicality, and practitioners consider themselves to be a part of the jazz tradition. Classical tap has a similarly long tradition which marries European "classical" music with American foot drumming with a wide variation in full-body expression. Contemporary tap has emerged over the last three decades to incorporate abstract expression, thematic narrative and technology.


Acro class is similar to tumbling in that it uses thick mats as cushions for different movements. Acro dance is a style of dance that combines classical dance technique with precision acrobatic elements. It is defined by its athletic character, its unique choreography, which seamlessly blends dance and acrobatics, and its use of acrobatics in a dance context.  It is a popular dance style in amateur competitive dance as well as in professional dance theater and in contemporary circus productions such as those by Cirque du Soleil. 


Hip-hop dance refers to street dance styles primarily performed to hip-hop music or that have evolved as part of hip-hop culture. It includes a wide range of styles primarily breaking which was created in the 1970s and made popular by dance crews in the United States. The dance industry responded with a commercial, studio-based version of hip-hop—sometimes called "new style"—and a hip-hop influenced style of jazz dance called "jazz-funk". Classically trained dancers developed these studio styles in order to create choreography from the hip-hop dances that were performed on the street. Because of this development, hip-hop dance is practiced in both dance studios and outdoor spaces.


Hula is a Polynesian dance form accompanied by chant (oli) or song (mele). It was developed in the Hawaiian Islands by the Polynesians who originally settled there. The hula dramatizes or portrays the words of the oli or mele in a visual dance form. There are many sub-styles of hula, with the main two categories being Hula ʻAuana and Hula Kahiko. Ancient hula, as performed before Western encounters with Hawaiʻi, is called Kahiko. It is accompanied by chant and traditional instruments. Hula, as it evolved under Western influence in the 19th and 20th centuries, is called ʻAuana (a word that means "to wander" or "drift"). It is accompanied by song and Western-influenced musical instruments such as the guitar, the ʻukulele, and the double bass. Hula dancing is a complex art form, and there are many hand motions used to represent the words in a song or chant. For example, hand movements can signify aspects of nature, such as the swaying of a tree in the breeze or a wave in the ocean, or a feeling or emotion, such as fondness or yearning. Foot and hip movements often pull from a basic library of steps including the kaholo, kaʻo, kawelu, hela, ʻuwehe, and ʻami.

Michele teaches hula and also some 'ote'a, which is a traditional dance from Tahiti. Her classes teach Beginning to Junior Keiki (children), and Junior Keiki.


Folklórico can be traced all the way back to the ceremonial and social dances of indigenous people living in Mexico. During the colonial period, it blended immigrant influences from all over the world with the traditions of Mexico's various regions and states. The basic footwork, or zapateado, is probably the first thing you'll learn as a folklórico dancer. Aside from the footwork, in many regions of Mexico, the manipulation of the skirt, or faldeo, is a key element for women. Typically, the skirt moves in a variety of patterns. Some are in opposition to the feet and some movements are in sync with the feet. 

Prior to its rise in popularity among student and community groups, bailes folklóricos were (and currently are) performed as a part of large parties or community events. The mariachi musicians generally stand in a line at the back of the performance space and perform without written musical notation, while the dancers perform in couples in front of the mariachis. Over the years, some folklórico companies began incorporating elements of ballet and modern.

Tina's classes utilize the more modern approach, along with beautiful costumes that the dancers learn to manipulate as part of the choreography.

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