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New Location!

We are happy to announce our 2nd studio location in Lincoln Park. There will be an open house at this location on Monday, 8/25 and Friday, 8/29 from 4-7 p.m. The schedule for classes in Lincoln Park will be available this Friday, August 15th, and you will be able to register at this time, as well. Looking forward to welcoming our new students into the PAA family.

Pompton Lakes Open House!

We will be having an open house and in-house registration on the following days:
8/26, 8/27 and 8/28 from 4-7 p.m.

Free Classes in Pompton Lakes!

We are offering free classes on Tuesday, 8/26 at our Pompton Lakes location.
4-5pm for 3-4 year-olds
5-6 p.m. for 5-7 year olds
6-7 p.m. for 8-10 year-olds

Lincoln Park Open House!

The Lincoln Park Studio - 261 Comly Road - will have an Open House on Monday, 8/25 and Friday, 8/29 from 4-7 p.m.
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From the minute I walked into the office I knew this was the place for Charlotte. Miss Dawn and Miss Celeste greeted me with smiles and I felt comfortable with them right away. The teacher was amazing and kind and patient and made ballet and tap fun, not just for my daughter but for all the girls in the class! My quiet, petite girl has blossomed into a confident, energetic dancer that makes my heart smile every time I see her perform! Because Charlotte was having so much fun, my son Jacob decided to give it a try too. He took the all boys Hip Hop class last year (Miss Christina is amazing!) and tried Ballet and Tap this year. He loves to dance!! The best part of ballet/tap came during football practice one night when Jake took his turn, he was flawless leaping over the dummies!! Thanks to Miss Jasmine and ballet/tap class, Jacob was successful getting through that football drill. Thank you to the entire staff at PAA!! You have amazing teachers here and anytime I can, I send friends here to sign up their children. We love you!
Angela Tone, Lincoln Park, NJ

I have been watching the Performing Arts Academy Recitals/Shows for over 15 years, even before I had a daughter. I say show because it's always like watching a professional entertaining showcase of dance. But it wasn't until I had a daughter and enrolled her at PAA that I realized what an amazing studio this is for children to learn about dance. My first experience was when I enrolled my daughter at 2 years old, she was very young and had a little trouble leaving me in the waiting room. I talked to Miss Dawn about this, and she said "maybe she's just not ready, why don't you bring her back next year when she's 3". I was so happy that she understood, didn't judge me, and didn't try to push us into anything. I brought her back the next year and she is going on her 13th year dancing at PAA. Whether you have a child who wants to dance professionally or just wants to have fun in a recreation class, PAA is the place to go. My daughter now calls PAA not only her second home but her second family. Miss Dawn, Miss Meghan and the staff at PAA are very simply put.... the best teachers, from the pre school classes where they are taught by warm loving and friendly teachers up to the advance classes where they are challenged every day, I could not ask for a better place for my daughter's dance education. Not only is she taught discipline, hard work, respect for others, respect for herself, team work, and a love of dance, she has been taught an inner self confidence that money just cannot buy. Anyone with a child who wants to go to dance class whether boy or girl, ballet or tap, hiphop or acro, I can say first hand, The Performing Arts Academy is the best place to put your child!!
Susan Murphy

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What Makes PAA Different....

The Performing Arts Academy offers high quality dance instruction at competitive prices, but what really makes our studio stand out are the people.

Our dance instructors are not only some of the most talented dancers and teachers in the area, but they truly love what they do, and the children they teach.

At PAA, we believe that every student is special, and that building solid relationships between teachers and students is the foundation of learning. Our students feel at home with their teachers, which creates a positive learning environment.


Whether your child’s goal is to compete as part of our award-winning dance company, or if recreational classes are what you’re looking for, you will find it all at PAA.

Give us a call or stop by our newly renovated, spacious studio, and see why The Performing Arts Academy is more than just a dance school- our faculty, staff, and students are like family!


The Story began in 1991, in the basement of a church in Montclair, with 25 students and a dream. Continue reading about our story

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