Academy of Performing Arts

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The Performing Arts Academy consists of Band, Dance, Theater and Vocal. Each focus area is unique and allows students to explore their creativity. In order to get into the Performing Arts Academy, students must pass an audition in their art area of choice and meet the minimum 2.0 GPA requirement. Please see the sections below regarding particulars in each performing arts area.


Catherine Briggs, Choral Director

Alonzo Williams, Dance Director 

West Boca High's Dance program is a creative dance academy intended to inspire students to work on one’s crafts in pursuit of scholarship in education and learning through the art of dance while creating impact on the surrounding community of Boca Raton. Functioned through grass-roots initiatives with a focus on teaching life lessons by providing experiential learning & creative workshops. 


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Lance Blank, Theater Director & Department Chair of Performing Arts

As the West Boca Drama Department, we believe in providing educational and entertainment value for both its students and audience members alike. We are committed to excellence both on the stage and behind the scenes. It is in this commitment that we provide a safe environment for actors to explore characters and their emotional depth, musicians to perfect their skill, and technicians to learn and hone the craft of technical theatre. Theatre at West Boca High School is not a place to “put on a play” but rather a community of artists. Artists working to develop the skills needed to communicate effectively and work as a team. Artists that will understand the importance of confidence, self respect, and the support of each other. We form friendships and shape memories that will last a lifetime. We inspire each student to embrace his or her uniqueness and encourage them to be the best artist, student, and citizen each is capable of being. Fun Facts: 2 Time winner of the South Florida Cappies for Best Musical, mainstage invited to perform twice at the Florida State Thespian Festival for over 7000 theater students, Invited to perform at the Edinburgh Festival in Scotland, traveled to California and London, our productions are seen by over 4000-6000 patrons. Finally, our traveling Musical Theater troupe, “Bulls on Broadway” travels around the community and Palm Beach County performing for many retirement centers, dinner parties, and social gatherings.


Lawrence Shane, Band Director

The West Boca Raton HS Band, known as the “Vanguard”, is made up of 195 student musicians performing in 7 different musical ensembles. The band program features the Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, Concert Band, Jazz Bands 1 &2, Pep Band, and Percussion Ensemble. The “Vanguard” shines as one of the top band programs in both Palm Beach County and all of Florida, as each of its ensembles consistently receive Superior ratings at both the District and State levels.

 In the spring of 2018, the West Boca Wind Ensemble was invited to and performed at the Music for All National Concert Band Festival held in Indianapolis. In 2016, the West Boca Band traveled overseas acting as ambassadors for both Palm Beach County and the entire State of Florida with a performance in the 2016 London New Year’s Day Parade. The band will once again travel to London for the same parade in 2020.