Photo by Jeremy Lebled

Photo by Jeremy Lebled

Photo by Jeremy Lebled

Photo by Jeremy Lebled

Photo by Jeremy Lebled

Dance Programs

Our Dance Program at The Performing Arts School at bergenPAC is an electrifying dance program under the direction of Roberta Mathes. With our NYC professional faculty and our facilities, our dance program 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: pre-ballet, classical ballet, contemporary, modern jazz, hip hop, tap, acro, afro modern and horton 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.

Registrations accepted throughout the year.

To enroll now or for more information, call 201-482-8194 or email [email protected]

Earn College Credit!

Learn more about the Dual Enrollment Program at Bergen Community College. High school juniors and seniors can receive college credit for just $72 per credit! There are currently five classes at The Performing Arts School at bergenPAC where students can receive college credit from Bergen Community College: The Performing Arts School Show Chorus, Advanced Jazz Dance, Teen Acting Technique, Private Voice Lessons and Private Piano Lessons. These college credits are transferrable to many colleges in the state of New Jersey!

Application/Registration form here.

Class Schedule

Early Childhood Dance


  • Move with Me (18 mos-3 yrs): Monday & Wednesday 10:15am-11:00am
  • Dancing Tots (3-4 yrs): Monday 3:15pm-4:00pm; Wednesday 10:15am-11:00am; Saturday 10:00am-10:45am

About Move with Me

This class is designed as an age appropriate introduction to the exciting world of dance. Parents and children work together to explore new ways to move and dance at a very early age. Students learn the basic elements of movement through storytelling, imagery, rhythmical patterns, improvisation and direction in using space.

About Dancing Tots

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.



  • Open Acro: Saturday 11:00am-12:00pm

About Acro

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 3:30pm-4:30pm; Wednesday 3:00pm-4:00p; Saturday 10:00am-11:00am

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

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.

  • Basic Preteen/Teen Ballet: Thursday from 5:30pm-6:45pm
  • Advanced Preteen Ballet: Thursday from 4:00pm-5:30pm
  • Pre-Professional Advanced Preteen/Teen Ballet*: Saturday from 1:30pm-3:00pm
  • Open Teen/Adult Ballet (13 yrs+): Wednesday from 7:30pm-9:00pm

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 Preteen/Teen Ballet & Pointe(13-15 yrs): Thursday 4:00pm-6:00pm
  • Pre-Professional Intermediate Teen/Adult Ballet & Pointe: Saturday from 3:00pm-5:00pm

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 pointe 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.

  • Pre-Professional Intermediate/Advanced Teen/Adult Ballet (13yrs+): Monday 6:00pm-7:30pm
  • Intermediate Teen/Adult Ballet* (13 yrs+): Wednesday 5:30pm-7:00pm
  • Pre-Professional Advanced Teen/Adult Ballet & Pointe*: Saturday 3:00pm-5:00pm
  • Pre-Professional Advanced Repertory and Variations*: Thursday 6:00-8:00 (Required to take Pre-Professional Teen/Adult Ballet & Pointe) 

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.

*All Pre-Professional classes: it is mandatory to take two ballet classes per week.

Modern & Contemporary


  • Open Preteen/Teen Horton: Tuesday 4:00pm-5:00pm
  • Pre-Professional Advanced Teen/Teen Horton: Tuesday 5:00pm-6:30pm
  • Pre-Professional Teen/Adult Contemporary*: Tuesday 6:30pm-8:00pm
  • Open Preteen/Teen Afro Modern: Thursday 6:45pm-8:00pm


These classes are 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.

Modern will explore numerous contemporary techniques, including Graham, a modern dance method devised by the esteemed Martha Graham, Cunningham and other modern styles.

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. 

Afro Modern will focus on combining traditional African dance stylings and modern strenth and movement techniques. 

*All Pre-Professional classes: it is mandatory to take two ballet classes per week.

Hip Hop


  • Child Hip Hop (5-7 yrs): Friday 4:00pm-5:00pm
  • Open Preteen Hip Hop (9-12 yrs): Friday 5:00pm-6:00pm
  • Advanced Preteen/Teen Hip Hop (12-18 yrs): Thursday 6:00pm-7:30pm
  • Open Teen/Adult Hip Hop (13+): Thursday 8:00pm-9:00pm

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. 



  • Pre-Jazz (4-5 yrs): Friday 3:00pm-4:00pm 
  • Child Jazz I (5-7 yrs): Tuesday 4:00pm-5:00pm
  • Child Jazz 2/3 (8-10 yrs): Tuesday 5:00pm-6:00pm
  • Open Pre-Teen Jazz Mathes Technique: Tuesday 6:00pm-7:30pm
  • Pre-Professional Advance Jazz Mathes Technique*: Wednesday 4:00pm-5:30pm
  • Pre-Professional Teen Jazz Mathes Technique*: Monday 6:00pm-7:30pm
  • Intermediate Teen/Adult Jazz Mathes Technique: Tuesday 7:30pm-9:15pm
  • Pre-Professional Advanced Teen/Adult Jazz Mathes Technique: Monday 7:30pm-9:30pm **Earn College Credit!
  • Pre-Professional Advanced Teen Jazz Mathes Technique*: Wednesday 7:30pm-9:00pm
  • Adult Jazz Stretch & Conditioning: Wednesday 1:00pm-2:00pm

*All Pre-Professional classes: it is mandatory to take two ballet classes per week.

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 (6-8 yrs): Friday 5:00pm-6:00pm
  • Child Tap 3/Pre-Teen (8-10 yrs): Friday 4:00pm-5:00pm
  • Basic Pre-Teen/Teen Tap (9+ yrs): Saturday 1:30pm-2:30pm
  • Open Teen/Adult Tap: Tuesday 8:00pm-9:00pm
  • Advanced Teen/Adult Tap: Saturday 12:00pm-1:30pm

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.  

On-Camera Audition Prep Workshop

This 4-week intensive offers a unique opportunity for our dancers and/or performing arts students who wish to improve their auditioning skills particularly for camera work in television, commercials, videos and films. The students will learn gain more self-confidence and poise in front of a camera. Students will learn the importance of a headshot, how to write a good resume and get referrals to key industry people. Learn about the “business of show business” in a fun environment directed by roberta mathes and guest artists.


Contact an edcuation associate for dates/time at [email protected] or 201-482-8194.





  • Mat Pilates: Tuesday 3:00pm-4:00pm
  • Intermediate Teen/Adult Jazz Mathes Technique: Tuesday 7:30pm-9:15pm
  • Open Teen/Adult Ballet: Wednesday 7:30pm-9:00pm
  • Open Teen/Adult Hip Hop: Thursday 8:00pm-9:00pm
  • Adult Lunchtime Flow Yoga: Monday 12:00pm-1:00pm



  • Thursdays: 8pm-9pm

About Zumba®

Zumba® is perfect for everybody and every body! Each Zumba® class is designed to bring people together to sweat it on. 

How It Works:
We take the "work" out of workout, by mixing low-intensity and high-intensity moves for an interval-style, calorie-burning dance fitness party. Once the Latin and World rhythms take over, you'll see why Zumba® Fitness classes are often called exercise in disguise. Super effective? Check. Super fun? Check and check.

A total workout, combining all elements of fitness – cardio, muscle conditioning, balance and flexibility, boosted energy and a serious dose of awesome each time you leave class. 

Other Classes


  • Open Preteen/Teen Afro Modern: Thursday 6:45pm-8:00pm
  • Freestyle Fusion: Saturday 3:00pm-4:pm

About Freestyle Fusion

Freestyle Fusion blends African Dance, (traditional and contemporary), Afro Beats, and various genres of Hip Hop. The class will also focus on dance composition. It is highly athletic in nature and all dancers ages 10 and up are welcome to try it!


Dance Competition Team*


  • Competition Team Rehearsals: Saturdays from 2:30pm-4:00pm


The Performing Arts School's Competition Team is for dancers who wish to gain more confidence, stage presence, and performance experience.


  • All dancers must be enrolled in ballet, modern, jazz and technique classes at The Performing Arts School during the 2018-2019 school year.
  • Dedication, focus, and commitment are essential.
  • Group rehearsals for the Competition Team will be held on Saturday afternoons.
  • Solos, Duets, and Small Groups may be booked at different time slots.

Our team dancers compete in 2-3 local competitions and perform throughout the community. Our Award-Winning Competition Team has won numerous awards and outstanding recognition. Auditions for dancers are in the fall.

Ages 9-18 

Must be enrolled in 4 technique classes a week – minimum of 2 ballet classes, a jazz technique (with artistic director roberta mathes) and a modern or contemporary. (If specialty is tap or hip hop, that can be 4th technique class.)

Pre Professional Program 

The PRE PROFESSIONAL PROGRAM offers a diverse but set curriculum for dancers between the ages 13 and 18. Each pre-professional 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 Dance 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


Click here for tuition and payment information. 


All registrations must be paid in full by cash, check or credit card upon enrollment.

Attendance and Lateness

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.

Dress Code

Proper dance attire and neatness are required for all classes.

All dancers must have hair secured back and 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 The Performing Arts School.


Ballet students are assigned specific colors for their level. Students must wear the camisole leotard with pink ballet tights and pink ballet slippers. Ballet slippers must fit properly and elastics must be sewn on. No skirts please! Hair must be pulled back into a secure, neat bun. 


Color Camisole

Dancing Tots

Light Pink


Light Pink



Child Ballet 1


Child Ballet 2

Light Blue

Child Ballet 3


Pre-teen Ballet


Teen Ballet/Jazz


Adult Ballet

Any Color

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 and Tap

Jazz, Contemporary, AfroModern, 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 white t-shirt. Separate footwear is required for these classes.

Cultural Dance 

Cultural dance students' attire is determined by the teacher. Please consult with the instructor on the first day of class.

Please do not wear street shoes into the studios.


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


No refunds. Credit may be given due to prolonged illness with a medical note.


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.