Are you a working parent whose child misses out on all the fun because of your work schedule?  Maybe your children need something to keep them engaged and moving after school instead of sitting on their devices.  Or maybe you want your child to have the opportunity that was never available to you as a child?  We have an opportunity that will change your lives for the better! 

*Children must be enrolled in Kindergarten to participate in the program.


3:00-6:00pm Monday-Friday

GCAPA does not follow CMS School Calendar as we service 16 different school districts/charter school/parochial schools.  Please check the GCAPA Google Calendar for studio closures.  Winter and Spring Break Camps will be alternative options during the closed periods.


Rising Stars will take classes each week in





Musical Theatre Dance



Select classes already on the Schedule will integrate Rising Stars so that each Star can cover all 7 genres of dance.  Some class times may lengthen the day at no extra cost.


When not dancing, Rising Stars will be finishing homework, reading and, if there is time left over, playing games and socializing!

The first priority is homework and education.  Each day, Rising Stars will learn time management skills when budgeting their time between classes and homework.


A mix of Dance Instructors and After School Counselors will lead activities and help with homework throughout the experience.  

After School Counselors are High School Juniors and Seniors who will help Rising Stars manage their time, help with homework and lead social activities for the groups.


Rising Stars will transfer from school to studio via parent carpools and charter services from select schools.

Current GCAPA parents are available from select schools to carpool to the studio.  Parents of Rising Stars will be responsible for their own transportation home promptly at the conclusion of each day.


Rising Stars will have the option to perform during the Christmas Season as well as the Spring Recital.

Rising Stars will have the same opportunities as the Sparkles and Stars in GCAPA.  More information is available on costuming and recital participation when you inquire.


Please pack a healthy snack for your Rising Star each day in a thermal container.

A hungry mind in a confused mind.  Be sure to pack fruits and vegetables to keep your Star super sharp while they work on their homework and gather energy for dance classes.  The studio has a water fountain for filling up, so just pack a container!


Each Rising Star will receive one FREE uniform leotard, 2 pairs of tights, and a dance bag for the program upon enrollment.  K-1st graders will also need to purchase a Sparkle Kids and Show Sparkles Uniform.  Additional uniforms and options are available at the Big Apple Boutique inside the GCAPA Lobby.

Rising Stars will need to purchase all uniform shoes available in the BAB.  A schedule with uniform assignments will be available to those who inquire.  


The monthly tuition for After School is 10 installments of $374 charged to your card on file once when you register and then on the 1st of each following month.  The fee amounts to approximately $6-$8/hour for care and classes.

A list of other fees is available to those who inquire.  All fees are transparent and available.  Registration fees apply.

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19615 Liverpool Parkway :: Cornelius, NC  28031 :: 704.896.3033
GCAPA is conveniently located just off Catawba Avenue near the Cornelius Post Office

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