Merry Christmas!

Congratulations to all the  participants in Nutcracker for a magical and rewarding weekend of shows.  Performing to a full house on Monday, Dec. 3, at the Palace of Fine Arts, WSPA students wowed an enthusiastic audience from Good Shepherd School, Our Lady of the Visitacion School, Tobias School, Holy Angels School, Our Lady of Mercy, St. Thomas More School, and Cabrillo Elementary.  Click here for my recap.

Our next students to grace the stage are the adorable beginning students in ballet, tap, hip hop, and Polynesian accompanied by the Musical Theater Company Performance Program in a fun day of Christmas songs and dances.  The sold-out annual  Holiday Shows will be on Sunday, Dec. 22 with Showtimes of 10:00am, 12:15pm and 2:30pm.  The office will be officially closed for the holidays on this day. 

Back by popular demand, the Musical Theater Program will be presenting "Hakuna Matata" from the Lion King on January 12 and 13.  Here's your chance to watch it again.

Our soloists will continue to work through the holiday in preparation for competitions.  Regular classes will resume on Saturday, January 5 of 2013.

Click here for the list of competitions ahead of us.

We wish you and your loved ones a Joyous and Blessed Christmas!!!  We thank you for the goodwill you've shared in our school and appreciate greatly your support and patronage. 

On a personal note from my family to yours, May God Bless you All with Good Health, Happiness, and Prosperity!

Malu Rivera-Peoples
School Director


competitionCOMPETITION PLANS FOR 2013!

We look forward to an exciting season of competitions for our students in 2013.  Please take note of the competitions we will be participating in.  But before you do, Youth America Grand Prix needs your support.  Find out what you can do for them by clicking here. 

 In considering the cost of attending the workshop that each competition mandates on its participants, the faculty decided to choose only one competition with a workshop or  one competition that doesn't for each ensemble for some of the classes. 

Soloists are encourage to participate in as many competitions their budget will allow.  Parents should let the office know of your interest.

Please note where your child will be participating and save the dates.  If your child is doing a private and his/her name is not listed below, consult with your teacher which competition is suited for her:


Participating are:
1. Viktor's solos (Jonalyn, Jasmine, Alyssa, Madison, Aine, Erik, Hannah, Ian & Caitlyn)
2. Ms. Tina's solos (Jasmine, Jonalyn, Tanya, Bella)

3. Ms. Malu's Jr. Appt B Class and Appt Class

4. Ms. Tina's Lyrical Apprentice



Ms. Tina's Lyrical Jr. Appt

Ms. Tina's privates (Mia & Alex) 


1. Ms. Tina's Lyrical Jr Appt 

2. Company Ballet

3. Company Modern

4. Jazz Appt A, Appt B, & Jr. Appt


Pending - Solos (limited entries - director's choice)

All Tap routines & privates
Appt Lyrical and Jr. Appt Lyrical


Ms. Tina's privates
APT Hip Hop Performance Program


1. Ms. Malu Jr. 4A and Jr. 4B

2. Ms. Malu Jr. Appt A

3. Ms. Tina Junior 1, Junior 2, Junior 3 and Junior Lyrical

4. Hip Hop Apprentice, Jr. Appt, Juniors
All other Performance program routines and solos that have not competed yet.
Open to all others ensembles and soloists that want to compete again.



BODY ROCK Juniors June 30
APT Hip Hop Performance Program


 Te Orama Polynesian Performance Program 


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NUTCRACKER is "As Good as It Gets"  by Malu Rivera-Peoples

I had my usual critical eyes focused on what needed to be corrected and improved throughout the entire preparation before we opened Saturday night.  The student and adult performers dutifully responded to every correction making their execution better and more precise.  The stage crew delegated their duties on all the magical effects and prepared the stage for the dancers.  Meanwhile, the parents were busy transforming the lobby into an enchantment, while officers of Artists in Motion organized the details of the house with the new ticketing system.  Nutcracker was going to be as good as it gets.

How can one go wrong with having the technical prowess and artistry of Miko Fogarty and Hannah Hapin alternating as the Sugar Plum Fairy?  Who would have ever extended a more sensitive interpretation of Clara but Isabella Triunfo and Victoria Khaw.  Who's ever seen Iron Man, tapping toy soldiers and an army of mice in any other production but ours.  Who can top the dueling Nutcracker and Mouse Queen, a snake sizzling out of a trunk, a flurry of Chinese fans and so much more that make our production unique?  There is a lot to be proud of in this production and after 15 years, audience who have repeatedly watched it say it has gotten better.

Nutcracker started the season of giving, a most fitting production to inspire us all.  How true is the saying "When you give, you receive a hundredfold!"?  I bear witness to this fact as  I continue to receive the hundredfold of blessings in students who used to be WSPA babies and have now reached a maturity to 'give back' -  in Jessica Manalo Angeles who spearheaded the Student Matinee and successfully filled every seat with an enthusiastic child on a school day; in Patrick Cruz and Angela Knutson who managed the backstage operation; in Matthew Montenegro, Reina Victoria, and Melissa Knutson for continuing to share their love of dance on stage; and in every teacher and parent performer who took time off to rehearse with a new set of kids and handed off presents to each one like they were their own.  Wherever you gaze, people were giving, if not gifts - acts of kindness from the feeding of the cast by AIMBA and simply caring to paint the Arabian slave's beard or fix another one's crown for extra luster.

It was as good as it can get, it was a gift of love, and it was perfect!!!! 

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There will be mandatory classes for all YAGP participants on Dec. 26, 29 and Jan. 3.  All others are welcome to take class as well.

Holiday Schedule:

Dec. 26 -  4:15-5:45   (Viktor Kabaniaev) 
Dec. 29 -   4:15-5:45   (Edna Vida, Guest from Manila - subject to change)
Jan. 3 -      4:15-5:45    ( Mayo Sugano)


Tickets on sale now in the office!!!!  Join us for two encore performances of our June 2012 Musical Theatre Production of the LION KING! 

Last June we had an oversold house with only one performance, so back by popular demand we will have TWO SHOWS this coming January at Skyline College.  Two nights only!  You won't want to miss it!!!

Saturday January 12th at 7:30pm (6pm Meet & Greet with characters),
and Sunday January 13th at 2:00pm (12:30 Meet and Greet & Story Time with Rafiki). 

There will be food and refreshments for sale in the lobby before each show, and a fun STORYTIME with RAFIKI on Sunday!

 This is a great fundraising event for AIM Bay Area, so please come and support!  The Musical Theatre Company Member with the most tickets sold wins two tickets to our Summer production of INTO THE WOODS!