About Abernethy Performing Arts
APA is committed to providing students with an education about performing arts, while establishing discipline and self-esteem. We offer every student the opportunity to perform in both a professional and recreational environment while promoting performing arts throughout our community.
The success of education depends upon the cooperation between teacher, student, and parent. Regardless of why our students are enrolled, be it for poise, health, enjoyment, a creative outlet, or the pursuit of a career, only a solid training program will bring the proper results.
It is our goal at APA to help each student develop discipline of the mind and body, build self-esteem, and help define each student’s individual character.
With the proper training and strong curriculum, our students will form a love for the art of dance and theater and build confidence that will be rewarding throughout their lives.
Abernethy Performing Arts is family-owned and operated right here in Oregon City, OR. Since our company opened in 2007, we’ve treated every customer like they are a part of our family. Other companies may offer similar services, but our services make you feel right at home because we truly care about all of our students.
Teaching Staff ~
Keith Walls - Ballet/Pointe/Boys Ballet/
Musical Theatre/Jazz/Tap/Acting & more....
Vetta Shinen - Office Admin/Ballet
Eileen King-Walls - Acting/Improv & Office Admin
Melissa Grant - Ballet/Pointe
Cynthia Tosh - Advance Ballet/Pointe
Ann Rempel - Ballet/Tap
Kaytee Horton - Jazz/Contemporary/Hip Hop
Karen Harlon - Musical Theatre/Voice
Chrisine Wright - Pre & Basic Ballet
Moriah Kearney - Pre/Basic/Beg. Ballet & Stretch/Strengthen
Shirley Hall ~ Senior Cross Training & Yoga/Pilates
"To me, education is leading out of what is already there in the pupil's soul."
- Muriel Sparks (1918), Scottish-born English writer-
After college, Keith moved to Portland where he continued this training in ballet and theatre. He has performed leading roles in ballets such as; The Nutcracker, Don Quixote, the White Haired Girl (a traditional Chinese Ballet) & Sleeping Beauty. In 2003, Keith moved to New York City where he danced with renowned Russian teachers, Andrea Silantiev of the Bolshoi and Natalia Stavro of the Kirov. Keith’s theatre and musical theatre credits include Sugar, Grease, Once Upon a Mattress, The Hostage, See How They Run, and many more. Keith has trained in musical theater with Diana Laurenson, Amanda Turner, and Andy Blankenbuehler. In the Fall of 2007, Keith began the adventure of opening Abernethy Performing Arts. Now in its 9th season, APA has staged and produced over 14 ballets, 3 musicals, 2 traveling troupes, and a mirage of other performances and community productions. It has trained hundreds of dancers, actors, and performers and continues to offer superior training and education to all who dance, leap, or push their way through the doors.
Keith is a graduate of Missouri Valley College where he majored in Education with an emphasis in Theater & Dance. He began his dance training under Patricia Downey, and with her encouragement he continued on and received a full scholarship to the Summer Dance Lab, a program created by professional dancers drawn from the Joffrey Ballet, New York City Ballet, and American Ballet Theater.
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