Master Class Series

bergenPAC invites students to experience workshops with performing artists who are active in the arts world today. Students learn about the arts from industry professionals including musicians, dancers, actors, managers, producers, and others in the entertainment field.

Master Class Series in Residence

The Performing Arts School at bergenPAC is proud and excited to announce another year of Dance Masters in Residence: 90 minute Master Classes, featuring Principal Dancers. Under the Artistic Direction of New York City Ballet Principal Dancer, Daniel Ulbricht, this season of Master Classes will feature Principal Dancers in ballet, musical theater and contemporary/jazz.

“There are no words to describe what the Masters of Dance program will bring. The kids will be challenged physically and mentally. They will push their own limits but importantly, they will be inspired to become the best that they can be. Having access and the ability to work with these individuals will help ignite the next generations of artists and audiences alike,” said Daniel Ulbricht. This unique opportunity to work on a regular schedule with some of the world’s foremost dancers and teachers is a first for any private school of dance in the state of New Jersey.

All Master Classes will take place at The Performing Arts School.

Classes are $35 each for non-Performing Arts School students.
5 classes for $150

Performing Arts School and Englewood students are free.

Master Class Schedule

MackBrandon_150x200.jpgMack Brandon

Sunday, April 8 • 3:30PM-5PM
Choral Master Class

Mack Brandon has served as pianist and musical director for such artists as Ben E. King, The Drifters, Average White Band, and the Supremes.  As a solo artist, he has toured worldwide including appearances as the opening act to comedienne Joan Rivers and to country artist Clint Black. He was a musical arranger for the BBC Television Orchestra in England and the composer/producer of many television and radio commercials aired internationally. He acted in the role of the pianist in the film "She Devil" and composed the soundtrack to the PBS documentary, "Brother Men." Brandon has been leading and directing sacred music vocal ensembles for the past 30 years. He is currently a professor of music at Ramapo College of New Jersey.

Craig Salstein.jpgCraig Salstein

Monday, April 23rd • 6:30PM-8PM
Ballet Master Class

Born in Miami, Florida, Craig Salstein began his training at the Ballet Academy of Miami at the age of eight and continued his training with the Miami City Ballet. In 1995, he was the Grand Champion of Ed McMahon's Star Search. He is also one of a set of triplets. For two summers he trained with The Joffrey Ballet, the School of American Ballet and at American Ballet Theatre's Summer Intensive as a National Training Scholar. He joined Miami City Ballet in 1999 and American Ballet Theatre's Studio Company in 2000. In 2002 he joined the corps de ballet of American Ballet Theatre and was promoted to Soloist in March 2007.

Tiler Peck.jpgTiler Peck

Monday, May 21st • 6:30PM-8PM
Ballet Master Class

Tiler Peck was born in Bakersfield, California. She began her dance training at the age of two at her mother’s dance studio, Bakersfield Dance Company. At the age of seven, she began studying privately with former Bolshoi Ballet principal dancer Alla Khaniashvili in Hollywood. At the age of 11 she began studying at Conjunctive Point in Culver City, California, with former New York City Ballet dancers Colleen and Patricia Neary. During this time she also studied with former NYCB principal Yvonne Mounsey at Westside School of Ballet in Santa Monica. At the age of 12, Ms. Peck entered the School of American Ballet, the official school of New York City Ballet, for most of the 2000-2001 Winter Term. She returned to SAB during the summers of 2002 and 2003, and that fall began as a full-time student. In September 2004, Ms. Peck became an apprentice with New York City Ballet. In February 2005 she joined the Company as a member of the corps de ballet. She was promoted to soloist in December 2006 and principal dancer in October 2009.


The Performing Arts School

The Performing Arts School provides arts education to students age 3 months to 21 years throughout Northern New Jersey. With classes in all types of performing arts, outreach programs throughout the state, and programming for children with special needs, every donation helps create more opportunities for new artists.