Music is such a powerful force in this world, so much that I think that it is often underestimated. It has capabilities unmatched by anything else. You may have heard of the following quote from poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow:

"Music is the universal language of all mankind."

Music is a form of expression that you can launch your entire being into, and it is so diverse. It can have rules, yet have no structure. There is no need for rhyme or reason, yet you can make it as complex or as simple as you want it to be. You can create your own songs and depending on how you make it, someone who does not speak the same language as you will know exactly what you are trying to say. You can even play a cover of a song and experience the emotions that the writer lovingly poured in the details of the words or the tune.

Growing up in my teenage years, I was just like any other typical teenager. I felt that the world was against me and that I was constantly being repressed. I had this constant feeling that I needed to break out and express myself somehow, that I needed to channel my stress in a healthy way. Thankfully, I started violin lessons at a young age and discovered that I loved singing. At the time, I didn't know if I was a decent singer or if I played violin well–all that mattered to me was that my hobbies made me feel alive. It made me feel like everything was going to be okay, and I knew that I owed everything to this passion. I could not see myself being the same person as I am today had I not decided to invest a part of myself in music.

Whether you are someone who is afraid to try something new or a parent who is unsure about signing up their child for lessons, please take this piece of advice: Go for it. I promise that you will not regret your decision, and the worst thing that could happen is that you might decide that performing arts isn't for you. If that is the case, then you are one step closer to discovering what you might find to be your lifetime hobby. At PopRock Academy, we have a policy that can help reinforce our promise that you do not need to be afraid to take a class here at our school. Ask about our no commitment policy by sending an info request or giving us a call at 626.282.[ROCK]7625!

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It's summer-time! This is the perfect time to finally do all those things that you put off during the year when you were too busy with school or work. The thing I love the most about summer is that the longer days give you more energy to stay pro-active. It gives you extra inspiration to be productive. So why not take that energy and participate in a dance class? Maybe you can even push yourself to finally do that voice lesson that you've been putting off. Whatever it is that you have always wanted to learn how to do, it has never been a better time to start.

Something that I think everyone can relate to is the fact that we have all made excuses for ourselves. We find the smallest and simplest reasons to convince ourselves not to step outside the safety bubble. Growing up and sometimes to this day, I will see an inspiring dance video and think to myself: “Could I have been at that level if I had started earlier? What if I had decided to really dedicate myself to practice? Would I be where I wanted to be now?” Regrets come pouring into my mind about how much time I have wasted, and how much time I could have spent being more productive.

The important thing is not to allow yourself to be discouraged by what-if thoughts. The best time to start is always now. Forget thinking about how good you would be if you had only done this or that. Forget wasting your time on feeling sorry for yourself, or making excuses about how you could never be capable of doing whatever it is you want to do. Dive in headfirst to the challenge and you will see progress. Be patient with yourself and understand that no one ever became a professional overnight.

Are you spending your summer well? If the answer is yes, then good for you! Continue on your journey of productivity and conquer your inner battles. However, if the answer is no... stop and think about what it is that you want to finally start doing. If it is music, theater, or performance-related, then I can guarantee you that you just might find exactly what you need here at PopRock Academy. Send an info request and get started!

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By just one click, one send, and one like, we now have access to the whole world. It’s so common seeing kids playing with iPads and learning how to communicate with people from TV and video games. How do we equip our children exactly to face the challenges later on in life? How about providing them the opportunity to interact, learn, play, express, and love through music, dancing, singing, and performing? How about giving wings to their imagination and creativity? PopRock Academy has the best music, dance, acting programs in the San Gabriel Valley for your child.

As today’s entertainment world continues to evolve, YouTube videos and short films are becoming a vital necessity in not just the Arts but for everyone everywhere. Nowadays the ability to instantly view a humorous or informative clip is just one click away! Our new “PopRock YouTube” class intends to not only get students excited about making videos, but also teaches and prepares each individual with the necessary skills to talk comfortably in front of a camera. This class is not geared specifically for those only interested in Acting, but serves as a multidimensional tool to help encourage both innovative and creative ideas while simultaneously preparing each student to be comfortable and confident!

Why not take this program as a great opportunity for your children to open up about themselves and gain confidence? Students of this great program will get the chance to create and produce their very own YouTube videos; they make a short YouTube video every week and post them on our official YouTube Channel-PopRock Academy. Please check out our channel for the amazing works our current students have created. This course doesn't participate in the annual recitals at our Academy.

PopRock Academy serves this amazing acting program for the residents of Alhambra, San Marino, San Gabriel, South Pasadena, Arcadia, Monterey Park, Temple City, Rosemead, Sierra Madre, Highland Park, Eagle Rock, Atwater Village, Glendale, El Monte, Montebello, Monrovia, Altadena and the greater Los Angeles area.

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Ballet, Alhambra Ballet"Ballet requires a huge amount of balance, repetition, and practice. You are always reaching to get to the next level, which is always out of reach. You have to enjoy the work. That’s really the journey. At the end of the day, ballet is an Art and it should look effortless and poetic”- Isabella Boylston Principal dancer with The American Ballet Theater.

For dancers our bodies are our instrument. In order to achieve effortless movement, training is a consistent daily routine. Dancers train for hours a day and it comes as no surprise when dancers acquire an injury. No matter how “safe” we work, sometimes our bodies will react to the excessive amount of physical demand on the body. How can dancers prevent injuries to the best of their ability? In an article “Common Dance Injuries and Prevention Tips” three Johns Hopkins experts studied in detail dancers, their injuries, and how to prevent them. Dr. Raj Dau, MD said:

Eat well and stay hydrated before, during and after class.

Get enough rest and avoid overtraining.

Do cross-training exercises to build strength and endurance in all parts of your body.

Always wear proper shoes and attire.

Always warm up before training or performances.

Lead a healthy lifestyle and get to know your body.

If you are interested in learning more about the program or sign up for classes, call our office at 626-282-7625 or contact us here.

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Acting Class in Temple CityWe proudly represent the best acting school in Temple City in Los Angeles, serving the great residents of this amazing city. Our acting programs are perfect for students that are looking for acting programs to enhance their acting skills as well as students that are looking for opportunities to open up and gain confidence through performing on stage. Our students enjoy the opportunity to perform at our well-organized annual recitals for twice a year. We're honored to serve you with the best acting programs. The founder of PopRock Academy, Paul Kwo, a professional and well-known Hollywood actor and musician working with the best names in Hollywood grew up in the area. With his great passion for this city, he established the best acting programs to provide students legitimate training and reliable information about the industry.

Our acting program for students from ages 8 to 14 is designed to help students practice and develop fundamental acting skills and techniques through acting exercises, improv and theater games, monologue, and scene works. We also have a great performance-based program, Triple Threat Glee, that is perfect for helping students open up about themselves, practice and explore acting, singing, and dancing in a combine setting. Students in this program will get the chance to perform on stage at our annual recitals twice a year in musical theater format. We try our very best to provide you and your child the best acting programs; we offer programs for students that are just beginning on this journey as well as students that are looking to enhance and advance their acting techniques.

We also have a program specially designed for young students from ages 3 to 7 that are just beginning to explore in performing arts. With our Disney Musical program, kids will get the chance to step out of their comfort zone, develop the concept of a classroom, interact with teachers and fellow classmates, and develop story-telling techniques. Our students perform Disney-themed songs and act our stories; interaction and story-telling for kids in this generation of technology is a great start for young future artists and leaders!

Students that are older and with better acting or performing experiences can join our Acting on Camera program which is specially designed to train acting techniques geared towards camera work. Our students in this program will learn techniques based off on Hollywood TV, Film, and On-Camera medium by working with our instructors that are already working in the industry each week on their individual scenes in an audition format. They will also receive feedback form professional acting instructors and be prepared to fine tune their performances.

If you are interested in learning more about the program or sign up for classes, call our office at 626-282-7625 or contact us here.

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