The NYPAA Foundation

Embark on a transformative journey with the The NYPAA Foundation Program, a distinctive, year-long conservatory-style experience designed for performing artists. This program uniquely integrates the core disciplines of Musical Performance, Acting for Stage, Film & TV, and Dance, providing a comprehensive foundation for artists ready to make their mark in the entertainment industry.

Under the mentorship of celebrated professionals like Karina Arroyave and Sheri Sanders, along with dance experts Mikael Pasini and David Thomas, students will discover their artistic voice, refine their technique, and explore the depths of emotional and physical expression. This holistic approach not only sharpens performance skills but also prepares participants for the dynamic nature of professional careers in the arts.

More than just skill development, The NYPAA Foundation program demystifies the business side of the industry, offering insights into navigating the complexities of a global career. Set in a supportive and collaborative learning environment, this program turns passion into profession, ensuring students are well-equipped to face the challenges and opportunities of the contemporary entertainment landscape.

Join us to build a solid artistic foundation, foster lasting connections, and ignite your creative journey towards a successful and fulfilling experience.


Dive into the world of Musical Performance with The NYPAA, where passion meets professionalism under the expert guidance of Sheri Sanders, a trailblazer in auditioning for musicals. This segment of The NYPAA Foundation program is meticulously crafted for performers eager to bridge the gap between acting and singing, offering a unique opportunity to master the art of musical storytelling.

The Musical Performance program is tailored for serious performers dedicated to refining their technical skills while igniting their creative fire. Through this immersive training, you’ll not only enhance your vocal and acting capabilities but also develop a nuanced understanding of musical performance as a profound form of storytelling.

At the heart of the Musical Performance program at The NYPAA, you’ll find:

Musical Performance  Introduction and Basics

  • Understanding voice as an actor’s musical instrument
  • Basic vocal techniques tailored for musical theatre, including posture, breathing, and vocal warm-ups

Vocal Flexibility for Musicals

  • Exercises to enhance vocal range and flexibility
  • Techniques for maintaining vocal health and endurance in musical contexts

Tone, Color, and Character in Song

  • Exploring different vocal tones and colors in the context of musical theatre
  • Adapting vocal quality for various characters and emotions within songs

Integration with Acting for Musicals

  • Initial steps in blending vocal technique with acting principles
  • Utilizing personal experiences and emotions in vocal expression for musical storytelling

Advanced Techniques and Characterization in Musical Performance Advanced Breathing and Resonance Techniques

  • Developing advanced breath control and mastering resonance in a musical setting
  • Exploring vocal projection and volume control specific to musical theatre

Character Voices in Song

  • Techniques for crafting distinct voices for different characters in musicals
  • Considering character traits, backstory, and motivation in vocal expression within songs

Expressing Emotions through Song

  • Techniques for conveying a range of emotions vocally in a musical context
  • Integrating vocal technique with emotional authenticity in musical performances

Text Work in Musical Performance

  • Applying vocal techniques to scripted musical material
  • Using voice to express subtext and character relationships within musical numbers

Application and Performance in Musical Theatre Vocal Performance Techniques for Musicals

  • Building vocal stamina specifically for musical performances
  • Techniques for maintaining vocal health during extended musical runs

Rehearsal Process for Musical Performance

  • Applying vocal techniques in the rehearsal process for musicals
  • Incorporating feedback and making adjustments based on instructor notes and input

Integration with Movement and Physical Expression in Musicals

  • Coordinating voice and body seamlessly in musical theatre performances
  • Techniques for embodying vocal expression within the context of choreography

Elevate your acting prowess with The NYPAA Foundation program’s Acting for Stage, Film & TV, led by the esteemed film/tv professional, Karina Arroyave. Known for her captivating performances on both big and small screens, Karina brings her wealth of experience and a nurturing approach to guide aspiring actors through the complexities of performance across diverse media.

The Acting for Stage, Film & TV program is not just about technique; it’s about transforming actors into storytellers who can move audiences with their authenticity and emotion. Karina’s unique teaching style emphasizes the importance of connecting deeply with characters’ journeys, preparing you to take on roles that resonate and impact viewers.

At the heart of the Acting for Stage, Film & TV program at The NYPAA, you’ll find:

  • Acting Fundamentals
    1. Basic Acting Techniques
      • Introduction to acting principles, including character analysis, motivation, and objective
      • Introduction to the differences between stage, film, and TV acting
    2. Character Development
      • Techniques for creating believable characters
      • Exploration of physicality, voice, and emotional life of characters
    3. Scene Study
      • Working with partners on scripted scenes
      • Use of objectives, obstacles, and tactics
    4. Text Analysis
      • Techniques for breaking down a script and understanding character motivations
      • Exploration of subtext, relationships, and themes

    Medium-Specific Techniques

    1. Stage Acting
      • Techniques for projection, movement, and interaction with live audience
      • Working with blocking, stage directions, and theater-specific terminology
    2. Film Acting
      • Techniques for acting on camera, including use of facial expression, subtlety, and continuity
      • Understanding the technical aspects of film production and their impact on performance
    3. TV Acting
      • Understanding the pacing, style, and structure of TV scripts
      • Exploration of character consistency and development over multiple episodes
    4. Transitioning Between Mediums
      • Techniques for adjusting performance style to suit stage, film, or TV
      • Exploration of career paths in each medium

    Advanced Techniques and Performance

    1. Audition Techniques
      • Preparation of monologues and cold reading techniques
      • Understanding the casting process and how to present oneself in auditions
    2. Rehearsal Process
      • Techniques for deepening character work and relationships during rehearsals
      • Application of feedback and direction
    3. Performance Techniques
      • Building stamina for performance runs and shooting schedules
      • Techniques for maintaining character consistency and energy
    4. Final Performances and Screenings
      • Rehearsals and performances/screenings of final scenes
      • Critique and feedback sessions

Step into the vibrant world of Dance at The New York Performing Arts Academy, where the fusion of ballet, contemporary, and hip-hop forms a rich tapestry of artistic expression. Under the guidance of Mikael Pasini and David Thomas, this segment of the Foundation Program offers an unparalleled opportunity to explore the full spectrum of dance, from the elegant precision of ballet and the expressive fluidity of contemporary to the pulsating energy of hip-hop.

The Dance program at The NYPAA is designed for those who dream of expressing themselves unboundedly through movement. Whether you aim to refine your ballet technique, explore contemporary’s depth, or master hip-hop’s rhythm, this training equips you with the skills to excel on any stage.

At the heart of the Dance program at The NYPAA, you’ll find:

Dance Foundations & Fundamentals:

  1. Body Awareness & Technique
    • Master proper alignment, core engagement, and safe movement practices across all styles.
    • Develop coordination, flexibility, and control through fundamental exercises.
  1. Building Strong Bases
    • Ballet Basics: Conquer barre work, refine footwork patterns, and build a strong ballet vocabulary.
    • Contemporary Explorations: Discover floorwork techniques, improvisation exercises, and emotional movement expression.
    • Hip-Hop Grooves: Master foundational footwork, rhythm patterns, and isolations with clear execution.

Deep Dives & Style Mastery:

  1. Refining Elegance & Expressiveness
    • Ballet: Advance your skills with pirouettes, lyrical sequences, and variations.
    • Contemporary: Explore advanced floorwork, choreography studies, and personal movement authorship.
  1. Rhythm & Groove Masters
    • Hip-Hop: Elevate your skills with advanced footwork, layering grooves, and freestyle combinations.
    • Style Fusion: Experiment with blending styles, discover your unique movement voice, and understand stylistic transitions.

Audition Success:

  1. Dance Audition Bootcamp
    • Demystify the audition process – learn headshots, resumes, cover letters, and interview best practices.
    • Hone your technique in mock auditions, receiving personalized feedback and guidance.
    • Craft compelling solo pieces showcasing your strengths and versatility across styles.
  1. Polishing & Preparation
    • Refine your audition pieces, address feedback, and build confidence in your performance.
    • Understand rehearsal etiquette, professional conduct, and navigating different audition atmospheres.

Masterclass with a Professional: Guest Artist Workshop

    • Learn from a professional dancer, gain industry insights, and receive individualized audition tips.
    • Q&A session and networking opportunity to connect with industry professionals.




  • Early Application Deadline: May 15th
  • Regular Application Deadline: July 15th
  • Late Application Deadline: August15th

Prospective students submitting an application after August15th should contact Admissions Dept.


  • Orientation: 09/07/2024
  • Start: 09/07/2024
  • End: 06/28/2025


  • Early Application Deadline: October 15th
  • Regular Application Deadline: December 15th
  • Late Application Deadline: January 15th

Prospective students submitting an application after January 15th should contact Admissions Dept.


  • Orientation: 01/18/2025
  • Start: 01/18/2025
  • End: 09/27/2025


  • Registration Fee: $25.00 (Non-refundable)
  • Tuition: $7,200.00
  • Additional Costs: Course fees do not include flights and visa costs, which are the responsibility of the student.
  • Cancellation and Refund Policy:
    • A student who cancels within 7 days of signing the enrollment agreement, but before instruction begins, will receive a full refund, excluding the non-refundable registration fee and non-refundable program deposit.
    • After this period, the following charges apply upon cancellation or withdrawal:
      • Non-refundable registration fee: $25.00
      • Cost of any materials accepted by the student
      • Tuition liability is calculated based on the week during which the student withdrew or was terminated, including any previous weeks completed.
  • Tuition Liability Schedule:
    • Prior to first week: 0% of tuition is due
    • During the first week: 25% of tuition is due
    • During the second week: 50% of tuition is due
    • During the third week: 75% of tuition is due
    • During the fourth week: 100% of tuition is due
  • Please note: For the purpose of calculating tuition liability and refunds, a week is considered to begin on Sunday.