by WYNNE LOVE  photo by Zeena GreggPhotography

The Scripps Performing Arts Academy has been around for 25 years now, and it shows. Offering more than 100 dance classes each week and 14 productions a year, the Academy supports children of all ages in their artistic pursuits.

But that is not all Academy founder, Angela Amoroso, is about. After dancing professionally herself in New York, she moved west and founded the Scripps Performing Arts Academy and Scripps Ballet Theater in 1987. As its Executive Director, the Academy and her four daughters and grandchildren keep her busy. But Angela still finds time to author books, choreograph and write dance shows – and support multiple charitable organizations, including Isabella’s Giraffe Club, which she established herself.

“When I moved here in 1987 my first daughter was only five years old,” said Angela. “I wanted to be certain that she had a nurturing, non-competitive environment where she could thrive and be forever inspired to learn while developing a lifelong love of the arts.” With her husband, Drew Skinner, Angela is proud to have created a school that nurtures a sense of community rather than competition, and still sees its students gain acceptance to the best dance programs in the country.

[quote] “Angela is proud to have created a school that nurtures a sense of community rather than competition.” [/quote]

“We provide wholesome choreography that is age appropriate for all technical levels,” said Angela, and productions are designed to accommodate all students. “Everyone gets a part and we find our students develop respect for each other,” said Angela.

The Academy is home to the Vincent Paul Black Box Theater, which hosts Academy productions as well as those of local theater groups. But Angela has set her sights even higher. She has just opened a new location at Torrey Hills Center, and is planning an even larger venue. “The ultimate goal,” said Angela, “is to build an 800-seat theatre with a full performing arts school and academic conservatory.”

In her time away from the studio, Angela studies quantum physics and spiritual psychology and is writing a parenting book entitled Quantum Parenting, Raising the Generation That Will Move Mountains. You can learn more about Angela and the Academy at, or meet them at a story time at the Scripps Ranch or Carmel Valley libraries.