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Aptos Ballet Blog

This blog is about the wonderful Aptos location of Agape Dance Academy.  We are so thrilled to bring classical ballet training to the beautiful Aptos area.  And now with the strength of two ballet studios in both Aptos & Scotts Valley we will be training up more great dancers who dance for great purposes!!!

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The FREE Nutcracker comes to Santa Cruz County

Posted on December 17, 2015 at 3:30 AM Comments comments (0)

Alexi Funtila from Aptos California performs the role of Clara in the year's Santa Cruz production of THE Nutcracker Ballet.
Students from all three Agape Dance Academy studios (Aptos, Scotts Valley, Santa Cruz) are dancing alonside professional russian trained ballet dancer Anton Pankevich!!  And it's all a FREE gift to the community from Agape Dance Academy!


Aptos Baby Ballet is budding ballerinas!

Posted on July 5, 2015 at 10:15 PM Comments comments (0)

Aptos Agape Baby Ballet!  

The perfect place for your child to have her perfect their first and best  ballet experience.  Under a founder that studied ballet around the world, we have created the perfect introduction that blends the classic positions with the great joy of movement.  Where leaps, twirls, tutus, and crowns are of utmost importance,  and in a place where some of the great composers of all time fill our ears as we dance.  This is the place to have your dancer inpspired by the beauty of ballet , and where they begin to develop the life long love and appreciation of dance at it's absolute best!!!!!  Enrolling tiny dancers all year round.  "Where dreams really do come true!"

All of this attached to  a studio that produces dancers that are accepted at the top dance training institutuion in the nation and under a founder who studied on scholarship at elite ballet companies like San Francisco Ballet, New York City Ballet, and Pennsylvania Ballet.

Preschool princess ballerinas at Agape Dance Academy Aptos

Posted on June 12, 2015 at 3:25 AM Comments comments (0)


How beautiful can you get? Photographer Meredith Klein photographs pre ballet students from Agape Dance Academy Aptos upstairs in the beautiful courtyard at the Deer Park Shopping Center. 783 Rio Del Mar Blvd, Aptos. The students are wearing their costumes for the upcoming performances on June 20th at the Aptos High PAC at 100 Mariner Way, Aptos, Ca 95003. Purchases tickets at

Dancers from Aptos Agape Dance Academy & Scotts Valley Agape Dance perform Hip hop and ballet in Santa Cruz

Posted on April 24, 2015 at 4:10 AM Comments comments (0)

Happy dance students from Aptos Agape Dance Academy and Scotts Valley Agape Dance Academy perform ballet and hip hop in "Dancin' Downtown" in Santa Cruz in honor of National Dance Week! We performed at Pacific & Locust Street downtown. What a great event! Great work dancers! See you downtown next year!!


Students from Aptos Agape Dance rehearsing

Posted on March 30, 2015 at 5:15 PM Comments comments (0)

Students from Aptos Agape Dance Academy are rehearsing for Camille Saints-seans "Aviary" from Carnival of the Animals performing at the Aptos  High Performing Arts Complex June 20th, 2015.  The theater is at 100 Mariner Way, Aptos, CA 95003

Agape Dance Academy Aptos to go to YAGP

Posted on March 30, 2015 at 5:10 PM Comments comments (0)

Gabrille Aguirre from Santa Cruz California  performing excerpts from Don Quixote Ballet at Yagp  with Agape Dance Academy

Ballet dancers from Aptos auditioning for excerpts from "Don Quixote"

Posted on March 30, 2015 at 5:05 PM Comments comments (0)

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Dancers are auditioning for the upcoming ballet performance of excerpts from the Ballet Don Quixote performing at the Aptos High School Performing Arts Complex on June 20th 2015.  Featured here is Anton Pankevich leading the ballet class audition.  We are honored to have Anton Pankevich training our most advanced dancers.  He was  trained in Russia at the Vaganova Academy and has danced professionally with the top companies of the world!

Aptos Ballet dancers will compete at YAGP

Posted on March 30, 2015 at 3:10 PM Comments comments (0)

Pictured below is Catrina Contini perfoming the variation Esmerelda ballet last year at YAGP.  This year Ali Ely from Aptos Agape Dance Academy performed the same variation.  Student in Agape Dance Academy Aptos will be rehearsing these variations all year for our February competition.  Although our studio does not place great emphasis on competitions, we find that this one prestigious ballet competition has the benefit challenging the dancer to perfect the detailed mastery of these classic ballet variations which then grows them as a dancer.  Having a goal to work towards with their personal best as the real prize, also develops skills in team work, focus, discipline, and tenacity that will be character traits that will serve them well in most of there future pursuits.

Blessed by these Ballet dancers in Aptos

Posted on March 30, 2015 at 3:05 PM Comments comments (0)

We are so blessed to have these two sets of sisters taking ballet classes with us in our beautiful Aptos location of Agape Dance Academy!

Not only are they beautiful dancers but the are dedicated, sweet ,faithful girls who love the Lord!  Katie and Claire Kimball (back to front at barre)

and Hannah and Alexi Funtila are both from Aptos and they al dance in both Aptos and Scotts Valley ballet studios.