About CDMA

This is our mission

Teaching our students life skills through
Dance, Theater, Music & Voice
at the Largest State-of-the-Art facility
on the Central Coast

CDMA Exclusive Services

  • Formal student evaluations with class recommendations
  • Dance, theater, voice and music classes available at one location
  • Most inclusive and diverse schedule of children’s classes on the Central Coast
  • Dance Teacher Training program for all of our classroom assistants
  • Family Events:
  • Student Appreciation Day
  • Welcome Week 
  • Open House Week
  • Preschool Graduation
  • Performance Troupe and Company socials

State-of-the-Art Facility

  • Largest (7,623 sf) performing arts school on the Central Coast 
  • Professionally managed and well presented
  • Convenient office hours – 10am until the last class of the day 
  • “Floating” sprung floors with top-of-the-line floor covering reducing the risk of dancer injury and fatigue 
  • Observation windows and closed circuit TV viewing 
  • Lounge and snack bar areas 
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi 
  • In-house dance shop - SLO county’s only authorized Capezio distributor 

Our Philosophy

  • Technically based, non-competitive and positive instruction 
  • Supportive teaching approach 
  • Based on methods in child development, which fosters self-esteem, discipline, creativity, and self-confidence 
  • Focused on inclusion and respect of all dancers 
  • Fostering not only technique in performing arts, but life skills for future 
  • Age appropriate dance movement, music, and costuming 
  • Dress code and dancer etiquette rules and expectations 
  • Choice of instructors for classes and private lessons to fit your child’s personality and learning style.
  • Assistants in younger classes resulting in a low teacher to student ratio

Student Enrichment

  • Recreation classes and Companies
  • Performing arts “class paths” for more serious students
  • Multiple performance opportunities including one at PACSLO
  • Enrichment trips/opportunities for Company students
  • Company student self-evaluations and one-on-one meetings with directors
  • Summer camps with guest instructors from across the country 
  • Work study and scholarship opportunities 
  • Home of Coastal Performing Arts Foundation
  • Coastal Chamber Youth Ballet
  • Coastal Youth Theater
  • Beyond Boundaries

Annual Studio Showcase & Recitals:

Coastal Dance and Music Academy’s annual studio showcase is held at the Performing Arts Center in SLO at the end of June, and showcases our dance and musical theater students. We also offer our music, voice, and theater students the opportunity to participate in our recitals which are held in December and June at a more intimate venue. Each student is encouraged to participate in our showcase and recitals, but it is not a requirement. Costumes are purchased by the student, and are reasonably priced and age-appropriate. 

Mission Statement

CDMA Artistic Mission

Coastal Dance and Music Academy is committed to providing professional instruction and performing experiences in dance, theater, music and voice in a family friendly, state-of-the-art facility, for students of all ages and abilities.  We use a positive and supportive teaching approach, which is technically based, age appropriate, non-competitive and fosters self-esteem, discipline, creativity, and self-confidence.

 CDMA Financial Mission

Our financial mission is the fiscal stability and growth of our business, which will allow us to continue to enrich the lives of students at Coastal Dance and Music Academy and provide a solid foundation for growth of the Coastal Performing Arts Foundation. Our immediate goals are to pay off our long-term debt, repay our shareholders, and provide an industry comparable salary for management by maximizing our student enrollment, increasing our operational efficiency and actively managing our finances. 

Our Vision

CDMA Vision

Our vision for Coastal Dance and Music Academy is to continue as the premier performing arts academy on the Central Coast, committed to expanding performing arts opportunities for the residents of San Luis Obispo County. Through our commitment we will educate, enrich, and transform the lives of our students, creating confidant, responsible and inspired individuals with the ability to move into the future with passion and creativity.


Welcome Week

Open House

Summer Camps

Studio Showcase

Winter & Spring Music Recitals

Student Appreciation Day


Performance Troupe – Dance Out Loud

Synergy Dance Company

Dance Teacher Training

Work Study

Student Evaluations

Class Recommendations