Art knows no borders. PopRock Academy aims to create genuine, versatile and well-rounded performing artists and their audience through a comprehensive acting, dance and music curriculum.
Respect of Acting: Acting is often overlooked as a critical skill for everyone. PopRock bridges the gap between aspiring actors with those who seek acting and improv skills to use in other industries. "All the world's a stage." William Shakespeare.
Grace in Dance: The elegance in the study of dance has far-reaching benefits for its students. PopRock brings together the solid foundation of ballet with the styles of Contemporary and the coolness of Hip Hop and other genres of dance.
Borderless Music: Music is all embracing and we aim to create musicians who are versatile and well-rounded to meet the demands of the 21st century. PopRock Academy creates a respectable border-less academy aim to train genuine musicians with individuality and superb musicianship.
Positive Environment: We aim to provide a safe and open environment for all music students and lovers. We believe by providing students a fun-filled and nurturing environment we can foster creative growth.
Professional Respect: We treat all our students as professionals with the utmost respect. We ask each of our student to treat each other, our faculty and staff with the same professional attitude.
Accountability and Opportunities: We hold ourselves and our staff accountable of the progress the students make through juries and performance opportunities for the student and faculty.
Community Outreach: We believe in being connected with the community we reside in by assisting talented music students who are in financial needs to further their music education, as well as participating in local school and community events.
We believe in quality in education and insist on offering only the best we can find. We are interested in bringing to our students those who have a true desire to teach and inspire the next generation as well as be able to hold their own in the ultra-competitive area of the performing arts industry.
All our teachers are both University trained as well as working artists. All our teachers CAN do and CAN teach. As such we also expect all our students to treat their education at our academy with the utmost respect. We want every one of our student to succeed and we believe that every one of our students have the ability to succeed if given the right resources.
PopRock Academy was founded on November 11, 2011 by Paul Kwo in the city of Alhambra. Paul Kwo had been teaching for over a decade for various programs and decided to open a school that he wished he had when he was a child here in the heart of the San Gabriel Valley. He created the original program at 11 S. 2nd St. in a tiny 2000 sqft facility. Even though the area was small, because of the dedication of him and his team of teachers and staff, we had grown to tremendous height and eventually moved to our current location at 37 E. Main St. with 5000 sqft of space, large dance room, a black box theatre and a recording and engineering room.
We serve 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.