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Arts Program Overview


The Contra Costa School of Performing Arts Dance Department is a pre-professional training program that believes dance is a vital mode of inquiry, which provides young artists with the tools to think critically and creatively about the world around them.  We are rooted in a core curriculum of classical ballet, modern, and contemporary techniques, complemented by courses in improvisation, composition, repertory, and dance history.  

Emphasizing a strong technical foundation, but also imagination, intuition, and experimentation, our goal is to provide students with a rigorous and well-rounded arts education, preparing them for a professional dance career or post-secondary study in dance. 



Anna Gemma
925-235-1130 EXT: 141


As an artist-scholar at SPA:

  1. I humble myself by entering each space with the mind of the beginner.

  2. I believe that talent is not a substitute for training.

  3. I understand that disappointment and discomfort can lead towards mastery and self-discovery.

  4. I commit myself to the creation of meaningful, shared experiences.

  5. I am always auditioning.


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