Special Stars: Arts Education for Children with Special Needs

Our Performing Arts School provides arts education to children and teens with special needs. Special Stars provides participants with the opportunity to explore their artistic interests in a nurturing and stimulating environment. Developed in collaboration with the Center for Life and Learning (Teaneck, NJ), we offer a full schedule of music, theater, and dance classes and workshops.

Our teachers are certified in dance, music and drama therapy with more than 10 years of experience working with special needs children. We use a curriculum that combines structure and play, allowing time for your child to process information and their emotions in a safe and non-judgmental space.

2016-2017 School Year


Dates: September 12, 2016 - December 4, 2016


Dates: January 2, 2017 - March 12, 2017


Dates: March 27, 2017 - June 5, 2017


Dates: June 26, 2017 - August 13, 2017

Class Schedule

Dramatic Tots


  • Dramatic Tots (18 mos - 4 yrs): Monday from 9:30 - 10:15

About Dramatic Tots

A class for the all the miniature thespians to expressive themselves in a structured supportive environment. Using puppets, props and other theater techniques, themes, characters and short stories will be brought to life. Children will learn to use their imaginations to explore, solve problems, and positively express their feelings.

Music Makers 1


  • Music Makers I (5 - 8 yrs): Tuesday from 5:00-5:45; Saturday from 1:00-1:45

About Music Makers I

This class cultivates music skills through the exploration of songs, instruments, and improvisation.  Children will work to understand patterns, music tones and rhythms to develop listening skills. 

Music Makers 2


  • Music Makers II (9 - 11 yrs): Tuesday from 6:00-6:45

About Music Makers II

While learning basic musical structure for making music, children expand their instrument exploration as they develop a music foundation. Through the language of music, students are experience a holistic approach that meets the needs of the child while taking him on a path to music literacy. 

Dance Fundamentals 1


  • Dance Fundamentals I (5 - 8 yrs): Thursday from 5:00-5:45

About Dance Fundamentals I

As the young dancers begin to learn the structure of a dance class, they will explore movement concepts to develop dance skills. Students will develop and expand their range of skills over time as they work on developmentally appropriate choreography, explore rhythm, strengthen their gross motor skills and, with the use of improvisation, ignite their imagination for self-expression.

Dance Fundamentals 2


  • Dance Fundamentals II (9 - 11 yrs): Thursday from 6:00-6:45

About Dance Fundamentals II

Young dancers will have an opportunity to study technique, improvisation and learn simple patterns and choreography. Over the course of the class students will work towards developing focus, discipline, musicality and artistic expression.

Joy of Movement


  • The Joy of Movement I (15-18 yrs): Saturday from 10:00-10:45

About The Joy of Movement

A joy-filled class that is a perfect blend of two ancient forms – yoga and dance.  As students warm-up their body they will also learn to quiet their minds.  They will have the opportunity to explore movement organically, while they also learn dance and yoga fundamentals.  With attention on using the breath, music and movement students use every dimension of themselves to bring balance to the mind, body, and spirit.

The Drama of Dance


  • The Drama of Dance (8 - 11 yrs): Saturday from 11:00-11:45

About The Drama of Dance

Designed to promote self-esteem, self-expression, and artistry, this class fuses the principles of dance and drama.  In a safe and structured setting, participants will be encouraged to use their bodies, voices, and imaginations in the creation of dances, characters, and dramatic encounters.  Basic fundamentals of ballet will be taught, as well as ways of channeling movement into dramatic expression.

Special Stars Workshops (All Ages)


  • Special Stars Musical Theater Workshop (All Ages): Saturday from 2:00-3:00

About Special Stars Musical Theater Workshop

The Musical Theater Workshop will explore how the elements of singing, dancing and acting are used in a musical. Students will develop skills as a triple threat performer.  Using this full range of expression, they will learn how to convey the story and emotions of a song through lyrics, melody, dramatic intent, and movement.

Private lessons also available upon request. Please contact us for more information.


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 to the learning process.  Please call the office to inform us of all absences.  Tardiness is very disruptive to the class, please make every effort to be on time.


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


You are welcome to make-up any missed classes based on availability.  All make-ups must be completed by the end of each current session.  Please call 201-482-8194, to schedule any make-ups.


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.