The Academy of Performing Arts studios are located at Chi Mukwa Community Recreation Center in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan.
The Academy is directed by Luanna Luxton Armstrong, B.A.T.D.
Brochure: The Academy brochure for the current year (2019-2020)
Flyer: Introducing our Instructors
A Dance student from the age of three, a lifetime member of the British Association of Teachers of Dance, and a seasoned dancer, actress, singer, choreographer, playwright and director in countless productions, Luanna brings a wealth of experience to the arts and our community.
Luanna was born and raised in Sault Sainte Marie, Ontario. She is a graduate of Loretto in Sault, Michigan, alumni of Lake Superior State University, Ryerson University and York University, Ontario. She opened her first school of dancing in Dundas, Ontario in 1969. For 20 years she owned and operated the Luanna Luxton School of Dance and Performing Arts in Bolton, Ontario where she also founded and directed a professional summer theater company. Her school boasted a Barn Theater where countless one of a kind productions, both amateur and professional took place.
In the fall of 2001, Luanna became the Director of Dance and Drama at Lake Superior State University. Original productions written by Luanna brought local children and adults a new appreciation of dance and theater. Productions include: Beauty & the Beast, Peter Pan, Aladdin, Little Mermaid, Send in the Clowns, Ferngully, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Puff the Magic Dragon, Jungle Book, Pinocchio, Snow Queen, Snow White, and A Tale By the Ancient One.
In September 2003, we welcomed Luanna as the owner, director, instructor, and choreographer of the Academy of Performing Arts, on the campus of Lake Superior State University. In September 2008, the Academy moved to its current location, the Chi Mukwa Community Recreation Center.
About Our Academy
For over 40 years, Luanna has offered students of all ages a unique environment in which to develop and express their creative talents. Our students are encouraged to explore their boundaries and to take risks in a structured, nurturing environment. We then give them an opportunity to shine their light. Every year we come together in the most perfect way to create a masterpiece.
Our season is traditionally climaxed with a full-scale theatre production involving dancers and actors. This provides our students with the opportunity to participate in a live theatre production.
Our academy philosophy fosters the thrill and joy of performance without competition.
About The Studios
The two dance studios are located on the first floor of the Chi Mukwa Recreation Center. The studios are spacious with ballet bars and mirrors. Reception, waiting area, locker rooms, concession, and indoor walking track are available for students and their families.
Meet Our Instructors
**The B.A.T.D. (British Association of Teachers of Dance) was founded in 1892 with just 24 members & has now grown to be recognized in the U.S. & Canada, Australia, South Africa, Spain, Germany, Korea, Italy & more. The first of its kind to encourage dancers to organize into a society with which to improve & develop the art of dance and its many forms.
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