Founder Joani Castillo developed an abiding love for artistic endeavors in a dance class at the age of three. Those moments started her on a path that encompassed school musicals, dance teams, and a degree in theater education and dance before spending 14 years as a creative director at Word of Grace Church in Mesa. Today, Castillo and her team of passionate instructors help students learn an appreciation for their unique gifts and the ability to express themselves through a wide range of disciplines, hoping to instill the same inspiration Joani felt as a youth. In the school’s workshops, young students create uplifting music in piano, vocal, and drum classes, convey a wide range of emotions in theater and dance courses, and make credible threats to run away with the circus after acing high-flying trapeze and aerial lessons.
Not only do the instructors at Experience Arts School help students realize their talents and potential with training for the stage but they enrich lives with outreach services, including mentoring programs, educational partnerships with schools, and free performances for hospitals and care facilities.