Photos by Tyler McElhaney and Royal Dance Academy 

Royal Dance Academy Opens Brand New State-of-the-Art Facility, Royal Academy of Performing Arts 

Francine Garton, the British-born owner of the Royal Dance Academy (RDA) in Carmel Valley, just opened her second studio, Royal Academy of Performing Arts (RAPA) in October. The Grand Opening was held on Jan. 4 with Mary Murphy from the hit show “So You Think You Can Dance,” who helped cut the ribbon. Joshua Allen, the season 4 winner, also taught a Hip Hop Masterclass. “Every person who walks in RAPA is just blown away by how gorgeous it is and how fantastic the facility is,” shared Francine.

“I just toured the new facility RAPA and was so impressed! This is a studio like no other with state-of-the-art equipment and space that will turn dreams into a reality! Xoxo.”
– Ms. Mary Murphy from “So You Think You Can Dance”

With the goal of bringing the best of the best together, the new, modern 15,000-square-foot facility, (RAPA), offers acting, dance, filmmaking classes, music, musical theatre, and voice classes all under one roof. The state-of-the-art facility has five spacious dance studios, an in-house auditorium, an acting studio, three music/voice studios, a Pilates reformer and Gyrotonic studio, as well as a juice bar and dance store on site. RAPA caters to students of all ages and abilities. Classes are available for adults and children as young as 18 months and cater to skill levels ranging from recreational to professional. “I feel proud that I have been able to keep RDA a success for 13 years and that I have been able to share the love of dance with so many children and their families,” Francine shared. She continues this legacy with her new facility.


With her determined fervor, Francine is always working to improve both dance studios. She has already expanded RDA three times in the past 13 years and regularly brainstorms on new ways to deliver better service for her students and their families. Francine revealed, “I drive myself insane as I am constantly looking at new ways to give more and achieve more. I am passionate about providing my families with the best possible dance education and experience!” She looks forward to creating more cherished memories at RAPA stating, “The lessons learned at RDA and RAPA will always go beyond a dance step.”



Name of Dance Studios: Royal Dance Academy; Royal Academy of Performing Arts
Owner/Manager: Francine Garton
Years in Position: 13
Years of Establishment: 2001; 2014
Addresses: RDA: 3880 Valley Centre Dr. Suite 201, San Diego, CA 92130
RAPA: 11494 Sorrento Valley Rd., San Diego CA 92121
Emails: RDA:; RAPA:
Phone Numbers: RDA: 858-350-9770; RAPA: 858-259-7272
Description of Dance Studios: RDA and RAPA are family-friendly dance studios located in Carmel Valley and Sorrento Valley that offer all styles of dance, acting, musical theatre, and voice classes for children of all ages and levels. The studios have experienced, professional, and nurturing teachers who love to teach and inspire children to follow their dreams. Whether dance is a fun hobby or a potential career, RDA and RAPA have a place for everyone.