CPAA offers competitive dance for dancers with the dedication, determination, and desire to take their dance involvement to the next level! We are didicated to creating a positive competition experience in which dancers can pursue and explore the excitement of performing in front of live audiences and push their craft to the next level. To be successful, it is key for dancers to be in tune with what success means to them. At CPAA, we define success as doing one's personal best, encouraging others to do the same, and emphasizing the value of the experience rather than the score. We encourage our company dancers to adopt this philosophy.

With the right mindset, competitive dance can be motivating and inspiring! We hope that this adventure will offer the opportunity for invaluable lessons that will help our students grow as dancers and individuals. Our goal is to create dancers that are:


Audition take place in the end of May (Audition 1) and beginning of August (Audition 2). All dancers interested in competing but submit an application where they can list their goals for competition and what genres and group sizes they would like to be considered for. At the audition, dancers will audition with their age group and learn a short combination together. Dancers will then be split into smaller groups to run the combination before a panel. Dancers will be given a technical evalutation as well. Not all dancers will compete in their age range, depending on experience and level some dancers may dance in older or younger divisions which will be determined after auditions. Dancer’s interested in a solo will submit their request via their online application. Solos are not guaranteed and are only open to dancers who have competing for 1 yr prior to applying. Schedule has a lot to do with how choreographers are paired with students.


All groups will rehearse once week, with the exception of holidays/studio closures. Most rehearsals are held on Saturdays and Solos are usually reahearsed during the week. In addition to the rehearsal for each team, dancers will need to attend a minimum number of technique classes per week. These classes include Ballet, Jazz, Lyrical Jazz, Lyrical, Contemporary, and Leaps and Turns. Technical requirements vary by age and level.

We will have one company showcase in February and will attend four regional competition per month from February to May, with optional opportunity to attend coonventions, as well as the potential for a few additional performances (ex: SD County Fair, Recital). During the summer session prior to the upcoming auditions, students must maintain at least three hours of technique class enrollment and must take one of our dance camps/intensives. All performances and Competitions are mandatory with no exceptions. All dates will be disclosed prior to joining and you will have an opportunity to list conflicts on at the time of the audition. There will be several team buliding opportunities and company gatherings throughout the year that all dancers and parents are encouraged to particpate in. These include a beach photo day, pumkin patch excursion, holiday party, competition prep party, community givebacks and our end of the year celebration. For more details please contact


A pre-professional performance company with UP and coming concepts and training, while creating a community of dancers that LIFT up and support one another. Up:Lift is designed for the dancer who is ready to push their artistry, critical thinking, and training. Under the Artistic Direction of Shannon Mueller, the company will explore the world of concert dance, commercial dance, and dance on film. Works by the company will be submitted to performances throughout San Diego, festivals, and film projects.