beyondDANCE, part of The Performing Arts School at bergenPAC, is an electrifying dance program under the direction of roberta mathes. With our NYC professional faculty, and our new facilities, beyondDANCE has had resounding success in reaching children and members of the community, offering them the opportunity to receive excellent dance training in a positive setting whether they become performing artists or simply dance for fun!

We offer a wide variety of classes: creative movement, pre-ballet, classical ballet, contemporary, modern jazz, ethnic fusion, hip hop, tap, voice and theatre dance for all ages (children through adults) and all levels.

For more serious minded students we have a Pre-Professional program which offers college guidance for dancers and have more performance opportunities. We are the ONLY dance institution and performing arts school in Bergen County to have such an elite program.

2014-2015 School Year

September 8, 2014 - June 14, 2015

(**Please note that schedule may be subject to change)

Holidays and Closings

  • April 3-12 Spring Break
  • May 22-25 Memorial Day Weekend


Class Schedule



  • Open Acro: Saturday from 12:00-1:00

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, walk overs, and etc.



  • Pre-Ballet (4-5 yrs): Monday from 3:00-4:00; Friday from 4:00-5:00

About Pre-Ballet

In this class, the young dancers explore fundamental movement using sensory awareness exercises and improvisation. Students learn how to follow direction, use space, count music, stretch gracefully and dance with poise. Children are introduced to basic ballet terminology.

  • Child Ballet 1 (5-7 yrs): Monday from 4:00-5:00; Saturday from 11:00-12:00
  • Child Ballet 2 (7-9 yrs): Saturday from 10:00 - 11:00
  • Child Ballet 2/3 (7-9 yrs): Monday from 5:00 - 6:00
  • Child Ballet 3/Pre-teen (8-10 yrs): Monday from 4:30 - 6:00

About Child Ballet

These classes are progressive in structure introducing the discipline of classical dance. Students learn the basic positions, the use of turnout, and the importance of proper posture. Children develop coordination and footwork skills through barre work and center exercises. They continue to learn ballet terminology and slowly begin to put steps together.

  • Pre-Teen/Pre-Professional Ballet: Thursday from 4:00-5:30
  • Advanced Beginner Pre-Teen/Teen Ballet: Saturday from 12:00-1:30
  • Basic Teen/Adult Ballet (13 yrs+): Wednesday from 7:30-9:00

About Pre-Teen/Teen Ballet

Teachers build from the child ballet syllabus and strengthen the exercises at the barre to increase students’ physical strength and ability. At this level instructors attempt to improve flexibility in crucial muscle groups, to strengthen dancers’ lines, to work on expression and basic performing skills.

  • Intermediate Teen Ballet/ Pointe (13-15 yrs): Thursday from 4:00-5:30; Pointe from 5:30-6:00
  • Intermediate Teen Ballet/ Pointe (13-15 yrs): Saturday from 1:30-3:00
  • Advanced/Pre-Professional Pointe & Character: Saturday from 3:00-5:00
  • Advanced/Pre-Professional Teen/Adult Ballet/Pointe: Thursday from 6:00-7:30; Pointe from 7:30-8:00

About Pointe

Students learn the fundamentals of pointe work. Dancers MUST have at least three years of proper ballet training and MUST take at least three ballet classes a week. Pointe is demanding on the body and especially on the feet; sore feet and blisters often occur. At the beginning level we make sure toe shoe fits properly and show students the correct way to tie them. Correct ballet technique, alignment and balance along with proper turnout and strength in the legs are required in order to avoid injury. The mastering of basic pointe gives the dancer proper use of the floor and allows for freedom in complicated steps. “En pointe” students will learn short excerpts of classical repertory.

  • Intermediate/Advanced Teen/Adult Ballet (13yrs+): Monday from 6:00-7:30
  • Advanced Pre-Professional Teen/Adult Ballet (13 yrs+): Wednesday from 5:30-7:00
  • Advanced/Pre-Professional Teen/Adult Ballet: Thursday from 6:00-7:30

About Intermediate/Advanced Ballet

As students continue their education in classical dance, the focus is on technique, perfecting lines, refining their movement and gaining more control and mobility at the barre and in the center. Exercises are more demanding and footwork is more complicated. Performing skills are also emphasized.

  • Boys Class: Saturday from 4:30-5:00
  • Partnering: Saturday from 5:00-6:00

About Partnering

This class explores the basics of partnering. Students learn how to partner using precise shifting of weight, momentum, phrasing and musicality. Dancers must have proper ballet technique and be at least 12 years old. Boys learn how to protect themselves and their partners from injury with correct placement and positions of hands, arms, torso and legs. Girls learn how to hold their center and use correct posture in partnered lifts, turns, and balancing. Students learn how to approach dancing as a pair, along with communicating successfully with their partners.



  • Pre-Teen/Teen Horton Contemporary: Tuesday from 4:00-5:00
  • Pre-Professional Teen Horton Contemporary: Tuesday from 5:00-6:30


Horton, the training system of the Alvin Ailey School in NYC, is a grounded and structured modern dance technique allowing dancers to strengthen their lateral muscle groups. This class is done barefoot and emphasizes balance and control, weight shifting and use of gravity. Our contemporary class draws on a more aggressive way of moving and builds strong, athletic dancers.

Please note: Graham, a modern dance method devised by the esteemed Martha Graham will be added to our curriculum.



  • Creative Movement (3-4 yrs): Tuesday from 3:00-4:00

About Creative movement

This class is designed as an age appropriate introduction to the exciting world of dance. Students learn the basic elements of movement through storytelling, imagery, rhythmical patterns, improvisation and direction in using space.



  • Competition Team (7-10 yrs): Sunday from 1:00-2:00
  • Competition Team (10-13 yrs): Sunday from 2:00-3:30
  • Competition Team (14-17 yrs): Sunday from 3:30-6:00


"The Performing Arts School's" Competition Team is for those who have a passion for dance to showcase their abilities in the nation's top competitions.

Our competition dance teams are chosen by audition both in the spring and the fall. The dancers dedication and commitment is very important when being a member of the competitive team. Rehearsals for the Competition Team are held for learning new choreography and preparing for competitions and performances. Dancers perform in the community throughout the year and compete in 2-3 competitions.



  • Teen/Adult Hip Hop: Thursday from 6:30-7:30
  • Child Hip Hop (5-7 yrs): Friday from 4:00-5:00
  • Pre-Teen Hip Hop 1 (9-12 yrs): Friday from 5:00-6:00
  • Pre-Teen Hip Hop (9-12 yrs): Thursday from 5:30-6:30

About Hip Hop

This class emphasizes urban and street movement, popping and locking, along with jazz isolations, new style reggae, body waving and break dancing techniques all done to the beats of popular and hip-hop music. 



  • Child Jazz I (5-7 yrs): Tuesday from 4:00-5:00
  • Child Jazz 2 (7-9 yrs): Saturday from 11:00-12:00
  • Child Jazz 2/3 (8-10 yrs): Tuesday from 5:00-6:00
  • Pre-teen Jazz 1: Tuesday from 6:00-7:30
  • Pre-Teen/Pre-Professional jazz mathes technique: Wednesday from 4:00-5:30
  • Open Jazz: Saturday from 2:00-3:00
  • Teen Jazz mathes technique: Monday from 6:00-7:30
  • Open Teen/Adult Jazz mathes technique: Tuesday from 7:30-9:00
  • Advanced Teen/Adult Jazz mathes technique: Monday from 7:30-9:30
  • Advanced Pre-professional Jazz mathes technique: Wednesday from 7:00-9:00

About Jazz

All jazz warm-ups embody a strong ballet and modern foundation, based on the “mathes technique” with an emphasis on correct posture, torso exercises, footwork, leg extensions, floor stretching, sit ups and pushups. Dancers repeat progressions across the floor (grand battements, turns, leaps) and learn to put the steps together in different sequences all done to popular and contemporary music. At the end of each class students will learn a combination varying in style from week to week.

In more advanced classes, Roberta continues the “mathes technique” training system. Abdominal (core) strength and endurance are emphasized through body alignment including a series of contractions and releases, isolations, and floor work. At this level students gain more muscular control while increasing flexibility, improving extensions, learning how to sustain movement with more ease, linking one step with another and forming artistic expression. Progressions are more challenging and choreography is more diversified including latin, lyrical, soulful, upbeat or theatrical jazz, working on one style for several weeks.



  • Child Tap 1/2 (5-7 yrs): Friday from 5:00-6:00
  • Child Tap 3 / Pre-Teen 1 (8-10 yrs): Friday from 6:00-7:00
  • Pre-teen Tap (9-12 yrs): Wednesday from 6:30-7:30
  • Advanced PreTeen/Teen Tap: Saturday from 1:00-2:00

About Tap

There are different techniques and a range of styles that cover the basics of tap dancing: soft shoe, hoofing, and Broadway tap. At beyond dance we cover the fundamental use of musical patterns with footwork (heal toe) and the shifting of weight. These classes are also progressive in difficultly beginning with simple relaxed footwork, across the floor exercises and then in more advanced classes, students develop separation of sound, use of swing rhythms, and more challenging rhythmical patterns done a capella or to music.  



  • Pre-Teen Voice: Wednesday from 4:30-5:30
  • Pre-Teen/Teen Theatre Dance: Wednesday from 5:30-6:30
  • Korean Percussion : Saturday from 5:00-9:00



  • Hip Hop (Adult): Monday from 7:30-8:30
  • Open Teen/Adult Jazz mathes technique: Tuesday from 7:30-9:00
  • Basic Ballet Stretch & Condition (Adult): Friday from 10:30-12:00
  • Flow Yoga (Adult): Monday from 12:00-1:00

Pre Professional Program 

The beyondDANCE PRE PROFESSIONAL PROGRAM offers a diverse but set curriculum for dancers between the ages 13 and 18. Each pre-pro student is required to take a minimum number of classes in classical ballet, partnering, modern (Horton or other), contemporary jazz “mathes technique,” enriched by other dance electives – composition/choreography, ethnic, tap, voice and theatre dance, or hip hop. Proper technique and dance training are emphasized in order to develop strong, well rounded dancers. Evaluations are done annually. Master classes along with workshops are offered.

The pre professional dancers will be a part of the beyondDANCE Ensemble and have added privileges to perform right here on our world class stage and throughout Bergen County and NYC. Commitment, passion and DRIVE are essential to expand their minds, and bodies.


ADVANCED LEVEL: (for ages 13-18) 3-4 ballet including pointe/character/variations and partnering. 1 Horton-modern, 2 mathes technique, and 1 or more electives (8 classes per week minimum)


Tuition & Policies



  • Trial/single class                  $20
  • 1 class per week                $750
  • 2 classes per week           $1400
  • 3 classes per week           $2000
  • 4 classes per week           $2600
  • 5 classes per week           $3100
  • Unlimited Classes:            $3500 (based on 7 classes per week)
  • Pre-professional program:  $4000 (based on 8 classes per week)
  • Costume deposit (per class): $50
  • Late Registration Fee (as of November 1st): $50
  • Drop Fee (per class): $50
  • Return Check Fee: $25
  • Studio Rental: Call for info

*Program is 37 weeks.
**Tuition payment to be paid in full by cash, check or credit card upon enrollment.


Proper dance attire and neatness are required for all classes.

All dancers must have hair secured back, away from their faces, jewelry is not permitted. Appropriate footwear must be worn for each class. Students who do not comply may not participate in our program.

We suggest all dress code items be purchased at beyondDANCE@bergenPAC

Creative movement and Ballet 

Creative movement and Ballet students are required to wear the appropriate colored camisole leotard with pink ballet tights and pink ballet slippers. Ballet slippers must fit properly and elastics must be seen on. No skirts please! Hair must be pulled back into a secure, neat bun. 


Color Camisole

Creative Movement

Light Blue Leotard


Pink Leotard

Child Ballet 1

White Leotard

Child Ballet 2

Lavender Leotard

Child Ballet 3

Navy Leotard

Pre-teen Ballet

Burgundy Leotard

Teen Ballet

Black Leotard

Adult Ballet

Black Leotard 

Male Students

Males students are required to wear a fitted white tank t-shirt or leotard, black tights or leggings with a dance belt. White socks and ballet slippers must be worn for ballet.

Jazz, Contemporary, Ethnic Fusion, and Tap

Jazz, Contemporary, Ethnic Fusion, and Tap students may wear any style leotard with black or tan tights. Unitards are permitted; t-shirts, shorts and baggy pants are not proper attire.

Hip Hop 

Hip Hop students must wear black dance pants and a beyondDANCE t-shirt. Separate footwear is required for these classes.

Please do not wear street shoes into the studios.


Class placement and level is at the discretion of each instructor and/or director. Each student may be required to stay in his/her level for two years. Classes marked with an asterisk require the students to take ballet.


Consistent attendance is crucial for the development of each dancer, make-up classes are encouraged and should be taken during enrolled session, please inform us of all absences and be sure to make-up in the proper level. Call to schedule make-ups. Students who arrive more than fifteen minutes late will be asked to observe class.


In the event that classes are cancelled, students will be notified via telephone/email or a notice will be posted on our website.


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