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  • Fall 2014 Schedule is Here!

    Here is the Fall Schedule for 2014-2015.   Click to see the full schedule. Here is also a list of Classes by Studio. PLEASE NOTE!  Online Registration is now available, and will begin this Friday, June 27th!   There will be a link that will take you to the registration page.  Payments can also be [...]

  • Congratulations Amanda Egan and Cara Flahive!

    Congratulations to our PAA Students who will be traveling to Germany this fall for the World Tap Championships! Amanda Egan and Cara Flahive will be representing PAA and TEAM USA!!!!!! Amanda Egan qualified as 1 of the 3 soloists from the USA !!!!!!!! We are so proud of you both!!! Congratulations!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! xoxoxoxox  

  • Summer Arts and Crafts Day Camp

    The Summer Arts and Crafts Day Camp has everything from dance instruction, to arts and crafts, to games and stories, with each week having a different theme.  Space is limited, and a deposit is required to hold your spot.  Please inquire and register in the office during office hours.  Click the link below for the [...]

  • An Interview with PAA’s Alexa Lobosco – Miss Dance of the United States

    Alexa Lobosco: Miss Dance of the United States Every year the United States Tournament of Dance, a dance competition that has been running annually for nearly 37 years, awards the title of “Miss Dance of the United States” to one talented young dancer. This year, that young woman was Alexa Lobosco, a lifelong dancer and [...]

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My name is Samara Lobosco and I am an alum of the Performing Arts Academy. I graduated in 2011. PAA was my life since I was four years old. Aside from the incredible dance technique and training I learned from the teachers at PAA, I learned so much more. I learned what it meant to be a part of a team, of a family. Miss Dawn, along with all the other teachers, instilled in me values of being a dancer. I learned determination, confidence, cooperation, and friendship. I am now at the University of Delaware and will be starting my fourth year on the Dance Team. I come back to watch my younger sisters dance and grow, as well as teaching some classes over the summer. I just cannot get away from PAA!
Samara Lobosco, Newark, Delaware

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

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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

Meet Dawn Laviola-Schaub, Artistic Director, Continue reading about Dawn Laviola-Schaub