North County DanceArts Inc
Voted San Diego's Best Dance studio for the past 38 years. Most professional staff in San Diego. Check out our website to learn more.
North County DanceArts is known for the critically aclaimed end of the year dance showcase that takes place each July and includes all styles of dance from Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Hip Hop, Pointe, Contemporary, Lyrical, and Acro Dance. Dancers range from ages three years to adult and include all levels of dance from beginning pre-dance toddlers through professional levels. Award winning original choreography of North County DanceArts Inc’ s professional staff instructors and choreographers are on exhibit.
These sold out performances have been reviewed by San Diego Theatre Review’s Steve Shirley for the past five (5) years who said “Every selection seemed to take the recital jump from... Here we are to get a chance to perform...to Here we are to “Knock You Out” with something you have never seen before. This entire show bumps you into another stratosphere of performance excellence. I could take almost every number and see it in solo or in sequence on any professional stage, in any venue.”
North County DanceArts performances have been nominated for the past five consecutive years for the prestigious BRAVOSanDiego Award for "Best Dance Company" and "Best Dance Performance" in San Diego.
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Frequently asked questions
What is your typical process for working with a new student?
When working with a new student, it is imperative that the student be evaluated for class and level readiness. Although a student with no dance training may not need an evaluation to begin instruction in a beginning class, students that have had prior dance training are evaluated to make sure that placement in class(es) will be the best fit for ultimate learning experience.
The cost of Evaluation and Trial classes are $20.00 per class which may be credited toward tuition if deciding to register. Students under the age of 18 years must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian to sign a liability waiver necessary for the student to be on the dance floor. All students attending class, whether for trial or evaluation must be dressed according to the North County DanceArts' dress code.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
Louis McKay, Co-Owner and President of North County DanceArts, Inc. was on the stage from the time he was a small boy beginning with such organizations as the San Diego Opera Company, The Bright Side, and Starlight Theaters. That training took him to Los Angeles where he was privileged to train and dance with such greats as Pat Ricco, Gower Champion, Ron Lewis, Michael Peters, Toni Steven, Bob Sidney, Claude Thompson, Joe Tremaine, Jamie Rogers, Toni Charmoli, Jerry Grimes, and Alex Plachet. This also allowed him to hone his acting skills with LA’s Sal Dano.
Louis held the position of lead singer and dancer as well as the choreographer for The Debbie Reynolds Show for seven years. During that time, Louis appeared with Harv Presnell, Gavin McCloud and Debbie Reynolds in the Broadway production of Annie Get Your Gun.
Louis also performed as lead dancer and singer for two years at the People’s Choice Awards. He also performed as lead dancer on the Sandy Duncan 1976 Valentine’s Special, the Liberace 1977 Special, and the Bob Hope 1978 Special. Louis’ television appearances also featured him as special guest on Johnny Carson’s Tonight Show, The John Davidson Show, The Mike Douglas Show, The Sonny and Cher Show and The Barbara Mandrel Show.
Louis has performed and taught master dance and musical theater classes in 42 of our 50 states, as well as Europe and South Africa. In 1984, Louis opened Louis McKay’s Dance Studio in La Costa, California, later to become North County DanceArts Inc. He has operated North County DanceArts Inc in the San Diego north county successfully since that time, creating a teaching facility that is best known for its professional teaching staff and quality dance training. Dancers from beginning level to professional level are taught technique, terminology, and discipline in a nurturing and fun environment.
Louis and his wife Tanya, welcome in North County DanceArts’ 37th year of dance as well as concentrate on the continuing development of Red Tap Productions LLC, a video production company that specializes in the production of dance instructional videos. Louis and Tanya’s time is shared in promoting the continued growth of their non-profit, Dance Hearts, a 501 (c) 3 Public Charity aka ‘Bells of Freedom’ program benefiting men, women, and the families of the United States Armed Forces
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North County DanceArts, Inc. is dedicated to the care and nurturing of the dedicated dance student.
Tuition for Chilren & Teen classes at North County DanceArts, Inc is an annual (school year September through August) tuition policy that may be paid in full at time of student enrollment September through December (CASH or CHECK payments only – an approximate 12% savings and no worries of late fees) or on a monthly installment payment system. Annual tuition is based on a tuition that is amortized over eleven months, each month averaging four weeks.
The NCDA annual tuition is a long-term payment policy. Students electing to pay in monthly installments must continue monthly payments for the remainder of the dance year scheduled payments (September through July).
An Annual Registration/Insurance fee of $35.00 is charged per student and are due upon initial enrollment and each year in January. Annual Registration/Insurance Fees are due in January for all students registered in classes prior to October 1st and all new students registering after January 1st.
Adult 4 Class Card: $70.00/Month
- Note: Must pay Annual Registration Fee Upon initial purchase and every January after. The 4 Class Card is a Bulk discounted monthly class fee. All students wishing to take advantage of this discounted fee must pay a registration fee (annually) and accept and agree to all NCDA Tuition Policies as it relates to timely payment, length of fee period etc. and the General Policies of NCDA. This 4 Class Card may be used for Adult classes as specifically called out on the NCDA dance schedule as (teen-adult) or (adult). There is no pro-rating of unlimited tuition. The unlimited tuition plan does not provide for make-ups or compensation for studio holidays. The Adult Morning Unlimited plan is non-refundable and non-transferable. The 4 Class Card is based on the calendar month. All classes must be completed in the month purchased.
Adult Classes: NCDA/Unlimited Access: $150.00/Month
- Notes: Must pay Annual Registration Fee Upon initial purchase and every January after. The Adult “Unlimited” Card is a bulk discounted monthly class fee. All students wishing to take advantage of this discounted tuition must pay a registration fee (annually) and accept and agree to all NCDA Tuition Policies as it relates to timely payment, length of fee period etc. and the General Policies of NCDA. This Unlimited tuition may be used for Adult classes as specifically called out on the NCDA dance schedule as (teen-adult) or (adult). There is no pro-rating of unlimited tuition. The unlimited tuition plan does not provide for make-ups or compensation for studio holidays. The Adult Unlimited plan is non-refundable and non-transferable. All classes must be completed in the month purchased.
Drop-in Class rate for Adult Mornings: $20/Visit
- Notes: Adult Open Classes Only, Monday-Friday
What types of students have you worked with?
Although the majority of our students, both children, teens and adults are pursuing dance instruction for recreation and fun, North County DanceArts we does have those students on a path toward building a career, and North County DanceArts can provide instruction to those students that will take them to a profession on the stage and/or screen.
For 38 years North County DanceArts Inc has been known as a training ground for many highly visible public personalities in the entertainment world including some recognizable names like television personality Mario Lopez; actresses Taryn Manning; New York Ballet Company’s dancer/choreographer, Justin Peck; Tony Award Winner, Kiril Kulish and actress, Jolie Jenkins. North County DanceArts Inc also serves as a ‘go to’ training center for talent agents from Los Angeles to New York representing clients needing to hone their dance skills for feature roles on stage, film and television