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Carmel Academy of Performing Arts Elevates Its Dance Training With Continuing
Affiliation With Highly Regarded Royal Academy of Dance Program
The Carmel Academy of Performing Arts, which has been providing unmatched dance,
acting and vocal music training in the area for almost 65 years
CARMEL, CA, March 04, 2018 - The Carmel Academy of Performing Arts, which has
been providing unmatched dance, acting and vocal music training in the area for almost
65 years, improved even more with its ongoing association with the highly regarded
Royal Academy of Dance training program.
“Four years ago we became a Royal Academy of Dance-certified training facility, the
only training facility of its type between Los Angeles and San Jose,” says Carol
Richmond, owner of CAPA. “RAD sets standards in classical ballet and we now have
three teachers who are trained in the RAD system. It’s solid, current technical training
that is age-appropriate.”
Initially founded in 1920 to reinvigorate dance teaching in the United Kingdom, RAD has
expanded its influence and activities worldwide with more than 1,000 students in its
teacher training programs. The RAD examination syllabus is taught to more than a
quarter million students in 79 countries, helping teachers to perfect their teaching skills
and pass their knowledge on to their students. RAD has about 14,000 members
worldwide and is considered one of the world's most influential dance education and
training organizations in the world.
According to its website, “The RAD promotes the knowledge, understanding and
practice of dance internationally. We seek to accomplish this through promoting dance,
educating and training students and teachers and providing examinations to set
standards and reward achievement.”
To Richmond, affiliating with RAD strengthens and elevates the training programs
already in place at CAPA. What she stresses is that affiliating with RAD does not make
CAPA a training facility for professional dancers.
“There’s this misunderstanding that this is pre-professional training. It’s not about
launching a pro career,” says Richmond. “This is solid, proper training that all classical
ballet should be. It’s a method taught by syllabus for both boys and girls where you
know the child is ready to commence to the next level because they know the work.
Standardization is vital with technical training and also allows a high level of artistic
CAPA currently has three RAD-certified dance teachers: Sandra Burnham, Philip Pegler
and Kelly Pegler (detailed bios below). Burnham has 50 years experience as a dancer
and teacher and was an international ballet examiner for RAD in London. Philip Pegler
first took classical ballet when he was 5 and was a teacher at Elmhurst School for
Dance and director of the Calvert-Brodie School of Dance, among others. Kelly Pegler
is a certified Pilates teacher, has a bachelor’s degree from RAD and was a teacher at
The Royal Ballet School.
Richmond believes 2018 is a “tipping point year” for CAPA. She wants to continue to
educate the public about the value of their affiliation with RAD, but also shed some light
on CAPA’s upcoming summer programs, which also involves RAD-certified dance
Registration begins Feb. 26 for the seven-week summer camps, June 11-Aug. 3,
including sewing camp, aerial silks camp, vocal camp, contemporary jazz dance camp,
competitive dance camp, classical ballet, and more.
For more information on RAD and CAPA’s summer programs, call (831) 624-3729.
CAPA Royal Academy of Dance Teachers:
British born Sandra Burnham has 50 years' experience as a professional dancer,
teacher and examiner of classical ballet. She opened and ran her own highly successful
ballet school in beautiful North Yorkshire for 20 years, during which time she became an
international ballet examiner for London's Royal Academy of Dance.
She has taught and examined in Ireland, Spain, Portugal, Greece, Germany, Mexico,
Brazil, Shanghai, Hong Kong, the Carribean, Canada and the United States. She
teaches summer schools, intensives, and coaches dancers for Youth America Grand
Her teaching is noted for its careful combination of technique with interpretation, and for
her disciplined care for and compassion with her students.
Born in England in 1974, Philip Pegler began his study of Classical Ballet at age five. In
1986, he embarked on his professional training, at the Bush Davies School, followed by
The Vaganova Academy, The Legat School, and The Harid Conservatory in Florida,
where he graduated in 1992. Later that year, Philip was accepted into The Royal Ballet
School where he completed his training as a dancer and teacher.
After graduating, Philip became Ballet Master and Soloist Dancer with Columbia City
Ballet in South Carolina, appointed the following year as Artistic Director of the South
Carolina Dance Theatre. In 1998, he became Director of the Calvert-Brodie School of
Dance where he taught notable students such as Cameron Adams, Dusty Button,
Brooklyn Mack, Sara Mearns, Joseph Phillips and Joy and Christian Tworzyanski.
In 2002, Philip was appointed Professor at the University of Florida where he created a
new curriculum for the University's Ballet program as well as serving as a
pre-performance lecturer at the Phillips Center for the Performing Arts. From 2009-14
Philip taught at Elmhurst School for Dance before returning to the U.S. He is currently
the Ballet Director of the Carmel Academy of Performing Arts and a faculty member of
Los Angeles Ballet Academy.
Kelly was born in Palos Heights, Illinois and as a young child moved south with her
family to live on Florida’s Gulf Coast. She began dancing soon after, and at the age of
12 decided to focus on training in Classical Ballet. From 2004-2007, Kelly was a student
at the American Academy of Ballet in New York where she studied under many
respected teachers and former dancers including, Olga Dvorovenko, Jay Jolley, Sara
Knight, Stephanie Saland and Violette Verdy.
During her time in England, Kelly gained her bachelor’s degree from the Royal
Academy of Dance and taught at many schools throughout London. She was also
chosen to partake in the making of BBC film “Margot” and relished in the experience of
working alongside actress Ann-Marie Duff and theater legend Sir Derek Jacobi.
From an early stage in her dance training, Kelly used Pilates as a form of body
conditioning. Her love of Pilates led her to train with Master Pilates Teacher Alan
Herdman in London, where she became certified as a comprehensive Pilates teacher.
While on the course, Kelly was fortunate to study with physiotherapist Shirley Hancock,
gaining an invaluable insight on rehabilitation for clients of all ages.
After completing her Pilates certification, Kelly was invited to teach the girls Body
Conditioning at The Royal Ballet School. Through this position at the school, Kelly was
able to observe and work with dancers from The Royal Ballet. Whether it be for
rehabilitation or maintaining a well-balanced, healthy body, Kelly is eager to continue
developing her practice and sharing her love of the life changing way of Pilates.
Carmel Academy of Performing Arts
Mission Street & 8th
Carmel, CA 93923
Marci Bracco Cain
Salinas, CA 93901