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PAA Graduate Taylor Wagner Visits St. Jude's


Taylor Wagner, Miss Dance 2016, made the trip this week to St. Jude's in Nashville, to hand deliver all of the toys collected during their holiday toy drive.

Thank you to everyone who donated, and thank you to Taylor for your time and dedication to this cause.


We look forward to making your family part of our family!

Meet our teachers
Performing Arts Academy is proud and committed to employing only the brightest and most talented dance teachers from the Tri-State area, who are all dedicated dance professionals themselves.

Our teachers bring their passion for dancing to each and every class taught at Performing Arts Academy.

They share Dawn’s vision and the tradition of pride and excellence the Performing Arts Academy has become known for.

We encourage you to read the teachers' biographies to fully appreciate and understand the high level of experience and commitment that the are bringing to our students.

Meet Our 2016 Graduates and Hear About their Memories at PAA

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What Makes PAA Different....

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.
The Story began in 1991, in the basement of a church in Montclair, with 25 students and a dream. Continue reading about our story
Meet Dawn Laviola-Schaub, Artistic Director, Read more about Dawn Laviola-Schaub

PAA Dancers Amanda Egan & Cara Flahive Win GOLD in Germany!

Read More About Their Amazing Experiences Here!

Congratulations PAA for winning TOP STUDIO at Nationals in Atlantic City!

Taylor Wagner wins Miss Dance 2016! Congratulations Taylor!

The PAA Family!

Imagine Your Pre-Schooler....

Our Pre-K classes are 60 minutes long, which includes a half an hour of ballet and a half an hour of tap. Instruction is offered in a fun way that gets our littlest dancers excited about dance.

Pre-K students need pink ballet shoes and black tap shoes, as well as a dance bag big enough to hold both pairs of shoes. Students may wear any color leotard and tights.

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Or Maybe Some Hip Hop....

Hip hop dance is a modern fusion between jazz and street dancing. This is the style of dance frequently featured in music videos. High energy moves are combined with high energy music, and hip hop includes a wide range of movements, including breaking, locking, and popping.

This popular, fun, and energetic form of dance is one of the few disciplines in which personal style and creativity are considered to be very important.
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How About Acro?

In this class, the focus is on balance, agility, and coordination. Students practice gymnastic floor exercises, while increasing their flexibility and improving their endurance.

Acro can be found in many of the performing arts, as well as in sports. Dancers learn jumps, leaps, and splits, as well as tricks done on mats, including cartwheels, handsprings, backbends, etc.
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