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Classes Begin September 3rd!

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New Location!

261 Comly Road, Lincoln Park, NJ
We are happy to announce our 2nd studio location in Lincoln Park. The schedule for classes in Lincoln Park is now available , and you are able to register online, as well. Looking forward to welcoming our new students into the PAA family.

Pompton Lakes Classes Start 9/3!

Welcome back! Hope everyone had a great summer! We are excited to see everyone back in the studio and look forward to another great year of dance!

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Don't forget to stop in our front office for everything from tights to leotards to shoes, as well as many other items with the PAA logo.

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Please share what makes PAA special to you and your dancer in our "Testimonials" section above.
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  • PAA Company Team to Perform at NJ Devils Game!

    PAA’s  Company dancers will be performing at the NJ Devils Home Opener on October 18th at 7:00 p.m.   Performances will take place during the first intermission. If anyone is interested in purchasing tickets, please print out the form below and bring it to the office with payment.   The ticket price is $52.00. PAA [...]

  • Maureen Brown – Vocal Coach

    DOES YOUR CHILD HAVE A DESIRE TO BECOME A TRIPLE THREAT? DOES HE/SHE SEE VISIONS OF PERFORMING IN SCHOOL PLAYS? TV SHOWS? BROADWAY? NICKELODEON? THE DISNEY CHANNEL? THE ABC FAMILY CHANNEL?   GLEE ?  SMASH? RECORDING STAR? IF YOU’RE AN ADULT, HAVE YOU ALWAYS HAD A SECRET DESIRE TO LEARN HOW TO SING? WHETHER YOU’VE [...]

  • Fall 2014 Schedule is Here!

    Here is the Fall Schedule for 2014-2015.   PAA Fall Schedule Click to see the full schedule. PLEASE NOTE!  Online Registration is now available! Payments will also be able to be made online, as well. Looking forward to seeing everyone in September!

  • Congratulations Amanda Egan and Cara Flahive!

    Congratulations to our Amanda Egan and Cara Flahive  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 [...]

  • 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 [...]

  • PAA Store

    PAA Store PAA Store – Ripped Tights? Shoes Too Small? No Problem!  Get your dance supplies and other clothing items conveniently located in our front office!

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... And then a little older!

.... Maybe some acrobatics?

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I have two daughters dancing at PAA. I have been with this studio since 2003 and I drive about 30 minutes to get there. The commute is well worth it! When I was looking for the right studio to start my eldest daughter dancing I stumbled upon PAA. After first visiting other area studios, then talking to Miss Dawn and viewing a recital video I was sold. PAA is a studio that teaches proper technique from the beginning . The studio offers a fun and family oriented environment. From a competitive standpoint PAA is top notch. We consistently win team and individual titles. More importantly, every group, from the munchkins on up to the Seniors, are supportive of each other. They are each other’s biggest cheerleaders. In our competitive travels I have found that The Performing Arts Academy Dance Team is widely respected in the competitive circuit. The teachers at PAA are the best at what they do. They promote hard work. They instill a good work ethic. They challenge the students to be their best. They instill confidence and the time they spend with my girls is invaluable. In addition to the staff teachers at PAA, Miss Dawn also consistently brings in some of the most amazing artists for choreography and master classes. I couldn’t imagine my girls going to any other studio or dancing alongside a more talented group. My girls and our family love PAA!
Brenda Hentschel, Stockholm, NJ

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