MRA offers a wide variety of classes including ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, contemporary, hip hop, aerial dance, musical theater, tumbling, instrumental music lessons, and voice. Our classes are available for the pre-dancer / performer to pre-professional.
The mission of the McCoy Rigby Arts, Inc. (MRA) nonprofit organization is to make a positive difference in the lives and dreams of the youth in and around Orange County. It is our vision that every child should be afforded the opportunity to participate in the art expression of their choice. We believe in giving every student who comes through our doors the discipline and skills they need to discover and realize their own unique, artistic and creative talents. Ours is a process that can help to sustain the student for a lifetime, and be applied to whatever he or she chooses to undertake, personally or professionally.
At McCoy Rigby Arts, our wish is for every student to discover their utmost potential, and to find the joy, confidence, and life long benefits of creative expression.
In 2006 we began as McCoy Rigby Conservatory of the Arts (MRCA). We started out as a simple dance studio but with owners Tom McCoy and Cathy Rigby McCoy creating an atmosphere perfect for inspiring creativity, we have grown over the years into the conservatory that we are today. As of January 2018 we transitioned into McCoy Rigby Arts a 100% non-profit performance studio.
Cathy Rigby McCoy
During her gymnastics career, Cathy won numerous international medals- including eight gold- and in 1998, she was inducted into the International Gymnastics Hall of Fame. When Cathy retired from the sport, she joined ABC Sports for 18 years, providing expert commentary on the sport of gymnastics around the world. During this time, ABC’s venerable Wide World of Sports named her one of “America’s Most Influential Women in Sports.” After seven years of intense voice and theatrical training, she embarked on a new career in performing arts. National and regional tour credits include: Annie Get Your Gun, Meet Me In St. Louis, South Pacific, Paint Your Wagon, The Unsinkable Molly Brown, Silvia, and Steel Magnolias. On Broadway, she starred as the title role in Peter Pan in 1991 and 1998, and in Seussical the Musical as Cat-In-The-Hat in 2002. Cathy has been honored with the National Broadway Theater Award, “Ovation” Lifetime Achievement Award (the West Coast version of a “Tony”) and the 2004 Distinguished Lifetime Service Award from The League of American Theaters and Producers. In 1991, Cathy was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Leading Actress in a Musical when she starred in the 35th Anniversary production of Peter Pan on Broadway. In addition to multiple Tony nominations, Peter Pan also garnered several Emmy nominations, and a win, when A&E filmed the show for television broadcast in 2001. She recently finished filming An American Girl: McKenna Shoots for the Stars.”
Cathy and husband, Tom McCoy, are Executive Producers of the McCoy Rigby Entertainment Series at La Mirada Theater for the Performing Arts in La Mirada, California, and the new Fox Performing Arts Center in Riverside, California. There, they have successfully produced 19 seasons, and have launched several national touring productions including: Jesus Christ Superstar, Annie Get Your Gun, Peter Pan, Camelot, Happy Days, the Musical, Dreamgirls and Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer.
After two Olympics, 18 years as a sports commentator, a successful entertainment career, 4 kids, 5 grandkids and over 30 years of marriage, Cathy now spends her free time teaching tumbling to the MRA students, creating the MRA outreach programs for underprivileged children, and continues to be a motivational speaker on the topics of nutrition & wellness, and The Art of Reinventing Yourself.
Board of Directors
Cathy Rigby McCoy
California State University Fullerton
McCoy Rigby Entertainment
The Quiroz / Caplan Family
The Medlin Family
McCoy Rigby Arts, Inc. can only achieve our vision with the assistance of generous donations from members of our community.
Your support is an important investment in the art community, as it will help students attain greater self-confidence
and an overall brighter professional future!