Castro Valley Performing Arts prides itself on providing a professional, well-rounded dance education that enables our students to pursue a dance career. Many of our students have been accepted into prestigious college programs such as NYU’s TISCH School of the Arts, UCI’s Claire Trevor School of the Arts, UCLA’s School of Theater, Film and Television and University of Arizona’s School of Dance. Our students have gone on to perform on Broadway, National Tours, Cruise Lines, Disneyland, Marriott’s Great America and in prestigious companies such as Smuin Ballet SF, Hubbard Street 2, River North Dance Company and Sacramento Ballet. Our alumni are on faculty at Joffrey Ballet, Peridance Capezio Center NY, Ohlone College, Marymount College NY and many dance studios throughout the United States. Students who follow our pre-professional track are equipped to successfully pursue a career in dance.
Congratulations to CVPA alumni, Julian DeGuzman. Julian made his Broadway debut in “Newsies” and quickly became the assistant dance captain for the show. Upon the closing of “Newsies” on Broadway, Julian joined the national tour of “Newsies” performing as a swing for numerous roles. How exciting it was for our aspiring young CVPA students to see Julian in “Newsies,” both on Broadway and in the national tour, when it came to San Francisco!! Julian has been seen performing with the cast of “Newsies” on Dancing with the Stars, The View, The Tony Awards and at the White House Easter Egg Roll!! He just finished filming the new live production version of “Newsies” which is set to hit theaters in early 2017!! DREAM BIG!!!
Zell Steele Morrow
CVPA alumni, Zell Steele Morrow, at the age of 9, is one of the only child stars on Broadway to perform the entire run of a Broadway show. Zell, who played the role of John Bechdel in the Tony Award winning musical “Fun Home,” has been seen on The View, the Broadway Cares/Equity Fights Aids Easter Bonnet Competition and recently on the benefit performance for the victims and families of the Pulse Nightclub shooting at the Dr. Phillips Center for Equality in Florida. Zell is currently in consideration for several new Broadway productions!!! Stay tuned!!
Madilyn Jaz Morrow
Alumni, Madilyn Jaz Morrow made her Broadway debut in the original Broadway cast of “Matilda” playing the roles of Hortensia and Alice. Madilyn, at the age of twelve performed with the cast of “Matilda” on the Tony Awards, Good Morning America and David Letterman. She can also be heard singing on the Original Broadway Cast recording of “Matilda”. What a thrill for CVPA to travel to New York to see her name on the cast list at the famed Shubert Theatre on Broadway as well as on billboards throughout Time Square.
CVPA alumni, Cassie Nordgren, was selected as the SDCF Observer for Choreographer, Josh Bergasse for the Broadway revival of “On The Town.” A two-time Capezio ACE awards finalist, Cassie’s work has been featured at New York City’s infamous Neighborhood Playhouse, BC Beat and the Salvador Capezio Theater as well as in Dance Informa Magazine. She has choreographed two feature length movie musicals: “Waiting in the Wings: The Musical,” featuring Lee Meriwether, Sally Struthers, Christopher Atkins and Shirley Jones… and its sequel, “Waiting in the Wings: Still Waiting” also featuring Lee Meriwether, Sally Struthers, Ed Asnor, Cindy Williams, Bruce Vilanch and Patricia Richardson. She is on faculty with Peridance Capezio Center in NYC and the “Marquee Your Name in Lights” Dance Convention and is a guest teacher throughout the United States.
Specializing in Tap, Jazz, Ballet, Lyrical, Contemporary, Hip-Hop, Tumbling, Stretch and Strengthen, Turns and Leaps, Musical Theater and Zumba for children and adults of all technical levels from beginners to the advanced. Group, private and semi-private classes are available. Boys’ classes are also available.