Homeschool Performing Arts Academy

Where Creative Students Find Their Home

Meet Our Homeschool Academy Director

Ileen Gruchot

Blandina Vergara-Cruz

Homeschool Performing Arts Academy Director

Originally from Las Vegas, Blandina has more than 25 years of experience in the entertainment industry. She has worked with various theater companies across Williamson County, including Pull-Tight Players where she served as Board Member, Advisor of the Teen Youth Actors Guild, director of several musicals, and is the director of Kids on Stage Summer Academy. Vergara-Cruz also has directed shows with Rising Star Children’s Theatre Group at the Williamson County Parks and Rec, as well as several shows here at Expression City. When she’s not teaching, directing, and running her businesses, she is involved in many community projects, such as being a committee member of the Tennessee Kids Arts Festival. Blandina is humbled and excited to be the new Director of Expression City’s Performing Arts Academy.

We Cater to Creatives

If you feel like traditional school and your child go together like oil and water, you’re in the right place. We’ve been where you are. In fact, our founder and Executive Director, Allison Barberi, was in this exact position while guiding her children — who are now professional actors, dancers, and performing artists — in their journey. Our Homeschool Performing Arts Academy is a homeschool-based specialty school serving and guiding students ages 10-18 in acting, dance, music and comparative arts.

Learn »

Cultivate artistic excellence, critical thinking skills, inventiveness and cultural awareness.

Perform »

Accelerate learning and engage with professionals through unique performance opportunities.

Grow »

Develop your skills through self-directed and collaborative projects in a safe and inspiring environment.

Four Uniquely Focused Conservatories

Together we can help your child succeed in what they love to do, even if it’s multiple art forms. We offer focused
study in the arts with one- to four-year programs in four unique conservatories for students ages 10 and up:

Acting & Musical Theatre

To achieve mastery in their craft, students develop skills in all aspects of theatre and may choose from focus areas including musical theatre, film acting, and design and production. Students are exposed to college-level performing arts courses, which are made accessible to middle and high school students. We have multiple performances each year, giving students the opportunity to explore a variety of roles.


Expression City’s pre-professional music program is an immersive experience in both creating music, as well as understanding the ins and outs of the music industry. Students participate in private and group lessons, live performances, and recording opportunities throughout the year and learn everything from music theory and songwriting to performing individually and as an ensemble. Focus areas include voice, piano, guitar, strings and percussion with choices in classical and contemporary.


Our dance division is a pre-professional training program that teaches the proper technique needed for various styles of dance, including ballet, contemporary, jazz, tap, and character dance. In addition to structured classes at our studio, students also give back to their communities through dance therapy, teaching special needs children, and engaging the elderly.

Comparative Arts

For students interested in more than one art form, our comparative arts division explores the interdisciplinary relationship among them all. Students develop critical thinking skills, explore innovative ideas, and better understand how to express themselves creatively by developing unique, original pieces throughout the year. All students will study Comparative Arts during their first two years.

6 Key Benefits of Homeschool Academy


Hear local and national arts celebrities speak about industry-related topics.


Experience intersession Master Classes led by industry professionals.


Receive in-person individual feedback from industry professionals.


Participate in all Expression City classes at no additional charge.


Develop a performance reel and professional portfolio.


Access dance and performance wear at a discount.

What You Can Expect

Our students spend 14 intensive hours per week pursuing artistic excellence, cultivating critical thinking and aesthetic awareness, exploring the creative process, and developing skills through self-directed and collaborative projects. Classes take place Tuesday through Friday from 12 p.m. to 3:15 p.m. Performance opportunities further accelerate learning by helping them engage with professional performers.

Our Schedule

We’re on a year-round schedule from July to June that’s organized into nine-week quarters, separated by three-week breaks called intersessions. Students attend the same number of days as a traditional school schedule, and we do our best to maintain the same academic calendar as Williamson County Schools. Homeschool Performing Arts Academy students may choose to fill intersessions with master classes, evening recreational classes, focused project work, or focused academic study.

During one intersession each year, students are invited to work closely with industry professionals to rehearse and put on performances, further developing their skills and better connecting them with real world career paths in performing arts.

A Typical Day

Students attend classes between three to four hours a day on Tuesday through Friday beginning at noon, with extra hours required for fourth year students. Classes are a balance between theory and experience.

Outside of class, students attend a minimum of two local performances and two master classes per year. They also have the opportunity to develop a performance reel and professional portfolio.

To learn more, download your free Homeschool Performing Arts Academy guide!

Expression City has been an amazing fit.

“Honestly, we hadn’t found a good fit out of all the schools that we tried. Expression City has been an amazing fit. Everything has gone so well and he has enjoyed it so much. More than anything, he is succeeding here.”

– Melody A.

My favorite part of the Academy is...

“My favorite part of the Academy is all the bonding that we do.The Academy has helped me academically,my dance technique is better, and my acting skills are better.” 

– Grayson

The reason I love teaching the Academy students so much is...

“The reason I love teaching the Academy students so much is that they show up and they work. They show up ready to learn more and they put effort into what they’re learning and what I’ve been teaching them. As a result, I’ve been able to push them in different directions and have seen a lot of exponential growth in their musical abilities and their personal interactions with people.”

–  Marty

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Want to Learn More?

If Expression City’s Homeschool Academy seems like a good fit for your child, we invite you to download our brochure and get in touch for a tour.