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  • 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 [...]

  • 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 [...]

  • 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 [...]

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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

My daughter has been a student at PAA since she was 2 years old. I don't know how to begin to describe the positive influence the amazing teachers at PAA have had on her. I have watched her transform from a quiet, nervous toddler into a graceful, confident young lady, and I know she will keep growing as she continues to dance. There is no question in my mind that the teachers at PAA are the best in their field- not only because of their expertise and passion for dance, but because of their love of, and commitment to, the children they teach. When I signed my daughter up for dance five years ago, I had no idea that PAA would become a second home to her, and the faculty and staff at PAA an extended family. Thank you to Miss Adriana and Miss Jasmine for being such an important and positive part of our lives, and to all the teachers at PAA for sharing your experience and passion so generously. I cannot imagine a better place for a child to learn not only about dance, but about confidence, teamwork, and life in general.
Alyssa King, Pompton Plains, NJ

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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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