The Hawkins School opened its doors in January of 1988 as the “Deirdre Hawkins School of Dance” in a small historic house formerly known as “Emma’s Place.” Ten years later, it expanded its class offerings with acting, voice and piano to become the “Hawkins School of Performing Arts” and moved into a 6,000 sq foot facility in the heart of Folsom. The studio’s final move was in 2008, to a spacious 16,000 sq foot building on Woodmere Road. The Hawkins School has “raised” many of the city’s youngsters with the joy of the performing arts in their lives, including many who have continued with careers in dance and theatre.
The Mission of The Hawkins School of Performing ArtsOur mission is to provide an educational program that fosters excellence in dance, acting and voice while embracing a passion for the performing arts. Our students are offered an environment where creative talent is nurtured and trained through superior teaching by our faculty and invited guest artists to enhance personal growth or to inspire a career in the performing arts.