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.
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 $69 per credit! There are currently three classes at The Performing Arts School at bergenPAC where students can receive college credit from Bergen Community College: Chamber Chorus, Advanced Jazz Dance, and Teen Acting Technique. These college credits are transferrable to many colleges in the state of New Jersey!
- Acro Intermediate/Advanced: Saturday 11:00am-12:00pm
- Acro Beginner/Advanced-Beginner: Saturday 12:00pm-1:00pm
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 (3-5 yrs): Monday 3:00pm-4:00pm; Wednesday 1:45pm-2:30pm & 3:30pm-4:30pm; Saturday 10:00am-11:00am
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 10:00-11:00
- Child Ballet 2 (8-10 yrs): Saturday from 11:00-12:00
- Child Ballet 2/3 (8-10 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.
- Preteen Ballet: Thursday from 5:30-6:30
- Advanced Preteen Ballet: Thursday from 4:00-5:30; Saturday from 12:00-1:30
- Open 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 Pre-Teen/Teen Ballet & Pointe(13-15 yrs): Thursday Ballet from 4:00-5:30; Pointe from 5:30-6:00
- Intermediate Teen/Adult Ballet & Pointe: Saturday from 2:00-4:00
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.
- Intermediate/Advanced Teen/Adult Ballet (13yrs+): Monday from 6:00-7:30
- Pre-Professional Advanced Teen/Adult Ballet (13 yrs+): Wednesday from 5:30-7:00
- Pre-Professional Teen/Adult Ballet & Pointe: Thursday from 6:00-7:30
- Pre-Professional Adv. Repertory and Variations: Thursday from 7:30-8:00 (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.
- Open Teen/Adult West African: Friday 6:30pm-7:30pm
- Preteen/Teen Modern/Horton: Tuesday 4:30pm-5:30pm
- Intermediate Preteen/Teen Horton: Tuesday 5:30pm-6:30pm
- Preteen/Teen Afro Modern: Thursday 6:30pm-8:00pm
- Teen/Adult Afro Modern: Tuesday 7:30pm-9:00pm
- Pre-Professional Teen/Adult Contemporary Improvisation: Tuesday 6:30pm-7:00pm *Students must take Horton on Tuesday at 5:30pm
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.
Early Stars Dance
- Movement, Mommy & Me (18 mos-3 yrs): Monday & Wednesday 10:15am-11:15am
- Creative Movement (3-4 yrs): Monday & Wednesday 9:30am-10:15am; Tuesday 3:30pm-4:30pm
About Movement, Mommy & 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 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.
Dance Competition Team*
- Competition Team Rehearsal: Saturday from 2:30pm-6:30pm
About the DANCE COMPETITION TEAM
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 2016-2017 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.
Little ones Ages 5-8, (PURPLE TEAM) – 2 Ballet & 1 Jazz
Pre-teen Ages 9- 12 (SILVER TEAM) – 2 Ballet & 1 Jazz
Advanced Dancers Ages 13-18 (BLACK TEAM) – 4 technique: 2 Ballet & 2 Jazz
- Child Hip Hop (5-7 yrs): Friday 4:00pm-5:00pm
- Pre-Teen Hip Hop (9-12 yrs): Friday 5:00pm-6:30pm
- Advanced 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: 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
- Pre-teen Jazz: Tuesday 6:00pm-7:30pm
- Pre-Teen/Pre-Professional jazz mathes technique: Wednesday 4:00pm-5:30pm
- Teen Jazz mathes technique: Monday 6:00pm-7:30pm
- Open Teen/Adult Jazz mathes technique: Tuesday 7:30pm-9:15pm** Earn College Credit!
- Advanced Teen/Adult Jazz mathes technique: Monday 7:30pm-9:30pm
- Advanced Pre-professional Jazz mathes technique: Wednesday 7:00pm-9:00pm
- Jazz Stretch & Conditioning: Wednesday 12:00pm-1:00pm
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 (5-8 yrs): Friday 5:00pm-6:00pm
- Child Tap 3 / Pre-Teen (8-10 yrs): Friday 4:00pm-5:00pm
- Pre-teen Tap (9-12 yrs): Wednesday 6:30pm-7:30pm
- Advanced Beginner Pre-Teen/Teen Tap: Saturday 1:30pm-2:30pm
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.
- Traditional Korean Dance: Monday 7:30pm-9:00pm
- Korean Percussion: Saturday 4:00pm-8:00pm
- Bollywood Dance (Adult): Monday 7:30pm-8:30pm
- Mat Pilates: Tuesday 3:30pm-4:30pm
- Open Teen/Adult Jazz Mathes Technique: Tuesday 7:30pm-9:15pm
- Open Teen/Adult Ballet: Wednesday 7:30pm-9:00pm
- Adv. Teen/Adult Hip Hop: Thursday 8:00pm-9:00pm
- Adult Lunchtime Flow Yoga: Monday 12:00pm-1:00pm
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
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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.
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.
Creative movement and Ballet
Creative movement and 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.
Light Blue Leotard
Light Blue Leotard
Movement Mommy & Me
Child Ballet 1
Child Ballet 2
Child Ballet 3
Any Color Leotard
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, 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 students must wear black dance pants and a white beyondDANCE t-shirt. Separate footwear is required for these classes.
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.
No refunds. Credit may be given due to prolonged illness with a medical note.
Holidays and Closings
2016-2017 School Year
September 12, 2016 - June 11, 2017
(**Please note that schedule may be subject to change)
Holidays & Closings
- Rosh Hashanah October 3-4
- Yom Kippur October 11-12
- Thanksgiving November 24-27
- Holiday Break December 21-January 1
- Martin Luther King Day January 16
- Presidents' Weekend February 17-20
- Spring Break April 10-16
- Memorial Weekend May 26-29
- Last Day of Classes June 11
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