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October 25, 2021


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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

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Winter Wonderland Comes To The Waterfront -

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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

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San Pedro and POLA Prep Girls Cross-Country Preview: Running For More Glory -

Thursday, November 6, 2014

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Wednesday, October 8, 2014

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Thursday, September 25, 2014

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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

San Pedro High Football Off To Another Strong Start -

Monday, September 22, 2014

San Pedro Dancer Heading to International Ballet Competition

Bret Coppa, 14, of San Pedro, is one of hundreds of promising young dancers from around the world competing at the Youth America Grand Prix Finals in New York City next month. (Photo: Milano Photography)

Tomorrow night, Alva’s is hosting a benefit show featuring dancers of the Peninsula School of Performing Arts and Bret Coppa, a 14-year-old ballet dancer from San Pedro who’s going to New York City next month to compete in the prestigious Youth America Grand Prix Finals.

Thousands of young dancers from around the world compete for a coveted spot in the competition, which awards winners scholarships to dance academies. It will be Coppa’s third time competing in the junior division.

“I try not to stress out about it too much, I want to just go out and enjoy it. When you know you’ve worked so hard at something, it’s not worth it to worry about it,” says Coppa, who studies at the Peninsula School of Performing Arts.

Coppa began dancing at age 4 at the San Pedro Ballet School, where he was inspired by a wave of older boy students taking ballet. He attended the South Shores Performing Arts Magnet and Dana Middle School before taking up homeschooling to accommodate rehearsal days that can go as long as 10 or 11 hours. He’s also been acting since he was a young child.

“Ballet is an art form that allows you to express what you want to say without words and through movement,” Coppa says. “No matter what type of day you’re having, you can go to the studio and let everything out through movement. It’s hard work, but it’s very enjoyable.”

Coppa’s ultimate goal is to dance professionally in a ballet company, especially in Europe. In June, he’ll be going to Florida for the Miami City Ballet’s summer intensive program. In the ballet world, summer intensives are where ballet companies find potential recruits. Coppa has already taken summer intensives with the Kirov Academy of Ballet in Washington, D.C., the Alonzo King Lines Ballet in San Francisco and Ballet West, where he’ll attend the intensive again this year as well.

The show tomorrow night will raise funds to help cover the costs of traveling, coaching and rehearsal space. Coppa’s performance with other dancers from the Peninsula School of Performing Arts will include both of the solos he will be taking to Lincoln Center in April: a variation from Swan Lake and a contemporary piece titled Paganini.

“I’m so excited, it’s the largest scholarship opportunity in the ballet world,” says Bret’s mother Jennifer Coppa.

They will also be attending the Youth America Grand Prix Gala the night after the competition, where American Ballet Theatre soloist and San Pedro native Misty Copeland will be performing in a ballroom ensemble piece choreographed by Derek Hough.

Tomorrow night’s fundraiser takes place at 6:45 p.m. at Alva’s Showroom at 1417 West Eighth Street. Tickets are $25.