Welcome to Visual and Performing Arts

The Visual & Performing Arts Academy at Coral Reef Senior High School offers six strands of specialization: Band, Chorus, Dance, Orchestra, Theatre Arts, and Visual Arts; and is comprised of actors, singers, dancers, musicians, and artists who strive for excellence in academics and creative expression, in a nurturing family atmosphere. Students spend two hours each day over a four-year period immersed in the theory and practice of their particular discipline. Extensive art, sculpture and photography labs, dance and music studios, and black-box theatre serve as settings for our academy students. Our professional arts teachers all share in the same endeavor: to further the training of career-minded arts students and produce life-long learners who respect and appreciate the role of the arts on the lives and the life of our community. With diligence and application, students develop their maximum potential!

Welcome to Visual and Performing Arts


Our goal for the Academy of the Visual and Performing Arts is to provide our students with a solid foundation in the arts through a sequence of academic courses, career exploration opportunities and inspiring interactions with fellow students, faculty and professional artists.

Engagement in the visual and performing arts deepens students’ overall knowledge and skills, as well as their social and emotional development. Research shows that students involved in the visual and performing arts are more successful in school, more involved in their communities, and perform better on standardized tests.


Current News

Ricky Ubeda- Season 11 winner of So You Think You Can Dance, Currently performing in On the Town on Broadway
Brandon Bryant- Season 5 So You Think You Can Dance Runner Up, Performing with Britney Spears in Las Vegas
Ashlee Ramsey and Bianka Hinkle- Miami Heat Dance Team
Cat Rendic- Dancer for Jennifer Lopez and Britney Spears
Michelle Burgos- Dancer for Pitbull
Ricky Ruiz and Julien Valme- Company Members of River North Dance Company
Katie Spiker- Young Americans Tour Participant
Jacques Gadway- Recipient of Stamps Quartet Fellowship at UM
Ethan Olaguibel- Selected to perform in the All- National Honor Ensembles Symphony Orchestra
Marco Ramirez- Writer for: Orange is the New Black, Sons of Anarchy, Da Vinci’s Demons, and Producer of Daredevil
Miguel Luciano- Actor in Nickelodeon series Talia in the Kitchen
Yesenia Garcia- Actress in Mamma Mia on the Allure of the Seas
Hernando Humana- Actor in Kinky Boots on Broadway
Stephen Gelpi- Talent Coordinator for Sea World San Diego
Lauren Mayer- Actress at TMI Live in Hollywood, California
Michelle Cote- Stage Manager at Miami City Ballet
Elizabeth Abad- Lead Actress in the film Anxiety
Gizel Jimenez- Actress in the off-Broadway show Unseamly
Martin Gargaglione- Attending RISD, free-lancing as animator
Lee Pivnik- Attending RISD, photo and artwork used in Young Arts national campaign
Sophia Padgett-Perez- Attending School of the Art Institute in Chicago, Young Arts Merit winner
Adriana Liauro- Attended School of the Art Institute of Boston Summer Program on Scholarship
Robert Rivera- National Gold Key winner in the Scholastics Art Competition
Jonathan Mitzenmacher- Finalist selected for the 2015 Michel Feinstein’s Great American Songbook Academy.