2019/20 Performance Schedule


Hercules- May 17, 2020

Midsummer Night's Dream- June 7, 2020

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ESPA Performance Ensemble Presents, Hercules

May 2020

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ESPA Presents, Midsummer Night's Dream

June 2020

Past Performances

ESPA Presents Babes in Toyland

December 2019

ESPA Performance Ensemble Presents, Cats

May 2019

ESPA Presents, Coppelia & American History of Dance

May 2019

ESPA Presents, Aladdin

June 2017


ESPA Performance Ensemble Presents, Mary Poppins

May 2017


A New Holiday Tradition

In 2016, we were pleased to announce our European Ballet Theatre debut production of the beloved Dickens holiday classic, A Christmas Carol, incorporating dance, theatre and music. Audiences were enchanted as dancers from European School of Performing Arts collaborated with the theatrical talents of the Daytona Playhouse to bring this magical performance to our community. 


A Holiday Treat for All Ages!


In December of 2016, we cordially invited audiences to a very special Kingdom of Sweets Tea Party and performance of The Nutcracker Suite.


Our guests accompanied Clara on this magical adventure at the historic Anderson Price Building at 42 North Beach Street in Ormond Beach on Sunday, December 11, 2016.

 Clara and many of the beloved characters from The Nutcracker Kingdom of Sweets performed this new rendition of the holiday classic, preceded by a delightful tea party with beverages served in fine china cups and an array of whimsical holiday treats suitable for the occasion. 



Mad Hatter's Tea Party and Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

On Saturday, April 16, 2016, our ESPA performance ensemble closed out their season with a production of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, directed by Kristen Wheat-Paden. The historic Anderson-Price building in Ormond Beach was transformed as our ensemble parents hosted a whimsical Mad Hatter's Tea Party, complete with tea served in fine china cups and an assortment of delicious treats, and our dancers performed for two sold-out audiences.

ESPA Presents, Oz 2015
ESPA Presents, Oz 2015

ESPA Presents, Oz 2015
ESPA Presents, Oz 2015


Oz and Valtimeri

On June 7, 2015, The Euopean School of Performing Arts proudly presented Valatmeri, a classical ballet/pointe performance with original choreography by Cari Merrell, and Oz, our interpretation of the timeless story, The Wizard of Oz. Oz featured ballet/pointe, jazz, tap, hip-hop and modern choreography by ESPA instructors Kristen Wheat-Paden, Karyn Ruddy, Simeon Newton, Elishah Moore and George Villeta.


In Oz, Dorothy's dream to travel from her dusty farm in Kansas to a different world 'over the rainbow' comes true as a fierce cyclone whisks her away to the Land of Oz. When her house lands on the Wicked Witch of the East, Dorothy acquires her magical ruby slippers and is celebrated by Glinda, the Good Witch of the North, and the friendly little Munchkins. They suggest that she follow the yellow brick road to the Emerald City, where she can ask the all powerful Wizard of Oz to help her return home.


On her way to Oz, Dorothy befriends a Scarecrow hoping for a brain, a Tin Man desiring a heart, and a Cowardly Lion lookin gfor courage. Together they journey to the Emerald City, facing obstacles along the way and dodging the Wicked Witch of the West.


Our director, teachers and dancers were thrilled to bring this performance to our family, friends and community. We hope the audience enjoyed our rendition of this favorite classic as we shared Dorothy's adventures leading to her ultimate discovery that 'there's no place like home'...




Giselle and Made in America

In June of 2014, European School of Performing Arts dancers proudly performed Made in America, a tribute to the sights, sounds and legends of our great country, and our ballet production of Giselle, at the Peabody Auditorium in Daytona Beach, Florida. 


Giselle is a romantic ballet in two acts, first performed on Sunday, 28 June 1841 by the Ballet du Theatre de l'Academie Royale de Musique in Paris, France. The opening night was a triumph with both critics and the public, and soon the ballet became hugely popular. It was staged across Europe, Russia and the United States. The traditional coreography that has been passed down to the present day derives primarily from the revivals staged by Marius Petipa during the late 19th and early 20th centuries for the Imperial Ballet in St. Petersburg. 


Our school's adaptation of this great classic is inspired by the passion of instructor, Cari Merrell, who as an ESPA alumni, and former dancer with Southern Ballet Theater (Orlando Ballet) and Joffrey Ballet, has danced professionally throughout the world. Her most beloved role was that of Giselle, and coaching our talented group of dancers is truly a gift from her heart. 


We feel most fortunate to have the range of talent and dedication in our teachers to be able to provide our students with excellence in training and to offer their families, friends and the community such opportunities to experience professional productions like Giselle. 


ESPA Shanghai Trip 2013


The highlight of 2013 was our incredible adventure in Shanghai. With an invitation from the Chinese government and the Shanghai International Arts Festival Committee, 18 dancers, 8 ESPA staff members and a group of parents traveled to China for the adventure of a lifetime!


After several months of rehearsals under the direction of Teachers/Coreographers, Kristen Wheat-Paden and Amanda Aubrey, we were ready! Our talented group danced 2-3 performances most days, to the delight of our gracious hosts and audiences of all ages, in every area of the vast city of Shanghai and its surrounding communities.