by LINDA FRABL | photos by Tyler McElhaney

All-Encompassing Studio

The Royal Academy of Performing Arts Makes a Positive Difference

Wouldn’t it be convenient if there were an all-encompassing “one-stop shop” for every aspect of performing arts? It actually exists! The brand new Royal Academy of Performing Arts (RAPA) in the Torrey Preserve neighborhood is a 15,000 square foot facility that offers singing, dancing, acting, music/musical theatre, yoga, Pilates, nutrition, physical therapy, life coaching, and so much more.


Owner Francine Garton professed, “There is no other studio in San Diego like RAPA. It is modern, contemporary, spacious, light and airy, and has a great feel to it. Not only is the facility amazing and state of the art, but we have the ability to offer so many quality programs for children and adults of all ages. The atmosphere is electric!”

With 14 years of experience running the Royal Dance Academy (RDA), Francine opened the new and improved RAPA last year. Though she had been operating classes out of both locations, she discovered, “I didn’t like having my students and families in two different locations. I love teaching and seeing all the children, and it was impossible for me to be in two places at once.” Though RDA is still open for private lessons, the main focus is the phenomenal RAPA.

“Not only is the facility amazing and state of the art, but we have the ability to offer so many quality programs for children and adults of all ages.”

In addition to five large dance studios featuring sprung floors, RAPA also has an acting studio with a green screen and on-site camera equipment, three music/voice studios with recording facilities, a Pilates reformer and Gyronotic studio, and even a homework room with USB ports. There is also a large changing area, a dance store, an organic food and juice bar, a conference room for lectures, and a large parent lounge featuring four large flat screen TVs with live feeds of the different classes. There is even an auditorium with a seating capacity for up to 200 people!

Aside from all the bells and whistles, Francine is most proud that the exceptional staff at RAPA – which includes professional dancers and choreographers with TV credits – focuses on mutual respect and making a positive difference. She elaborated, “We understand that being a good, honest, respectable person with a great attitude is much more important than being a good dancer. Not every studio really focuses on the child and their well-being. We teach life skills that will help the children throughout their life. We are like one big family and the relationship the children have with their teachers and the staff is special!”


Name of Business: Royal Dance Academy & Royal Academy of Performing Arts
Owner: Francine Garton
Manager: Francine Garton
Title: Director
Years in Position: 14
Year of Establishment: 14
Address: 11494 Sorrento Valley Rd., San Diego CA 92121
Email contact:;
Phone: 858-259-7272
Description of business: Royal Academy of Performing Arts is a 15,000-square-foot true performing arts facility catering to dancers, actors, singers, and musicians of all ages and levels. All children are inspired to follow their dreams as artists!