“This fun and active curriculum allows children to develop social skills and talents at a young age,” the Thistles say. “Children will participate in dance, yoga and fitness classes while enjoying music, art and drama. Students have five classes each day filled with imagination and creativity. The goal of the program is to enhance each child’s overall development including gross and fine motor skills and improve social, cognitive and emotional awareness.
The move marks the latest chapter in the nearly 12 years since Annie Thistle launched her Performing Arts Academy of Marin (PAAM) in her living room, a journey that took her from the Community Church of Mill Valley in 2009, then in the Alto Plaza shopping center in early 2010, and then to the 2,800-square-foot storefront space above Balboa Cafe at Mill Creek Plaza that is now home to The Hivery.
In late 2015, as they juggled multiple venues to accommodate their growth, they moved PAAM to a 6,000-square-foot space at 60 Belvedere Drive in Strawberry, just behind the Strawberry Village shopping center. TumbleSpot is within the shopping center.