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Summer Programs

Each year The Performing Arts School offers more than 10 summer programs for all ages and levels! From our Summer Camp that introduces young children to the performing arts, to our dance intensive and annual summer musical for more advanced students, we have something for everyone. All classes and workshops are taught by master teaching artists with professional credits.

For more information, contact the school at (201) 482-8194 or at [email protected].

2020 Summer Programs

Musical Theater Summer Camp (ages 5-12)

This program is for children ages 5-12 and features theater games, dance combinations, choreography, music appreciation, singing, acting the song, visual arts, and much, much more. With a final showcase on the bergenPAC main stage, every child will feel like a star! 

2020 Session Dates

​July 6 - July 24, 2020
Monday-Friday; 9AM-4PM

August 3 - August 21, 2020
Monday-Friday; 9AM-4PM


$850 per session plus a $30 registration fee. Tuition includes lunch and snacks daily. Aftercare is available for an additional fee.



Spaces still available! Register online, or contact an education associate at 201-482-8194 or email [email protected] with the subject "Performing Arts Musical Theater Summer Camp." 

Look below to see more of our summer programs for all ages!

Musical Theater Workshop (ages 13-18)

Hone your triple threat skills! In-depth training in musical theater dance styles, acting and focus on monologues, musical theater vocal technique, and repertoire. Culminates with a performance of scenes from popular musicals in the Drapkin Cabaret and Lounge at bergenPAC.

2020 Session Dates

July 6 - July 16, 2020
Monday - Thursday; 6PM-8PM


$450 plus $30 registration fee


Register online, or contact an education associate at 201-482-8194 or email [email protected] with the subject "Performing Arts Musical Theater Workshop." 

College Audition & Filming Workshop (ages 15-18)

This intensive workshop is to help prepare students for the college audition process in musical theater – how to audition, common techniques, resume and headshot preparation, intensive practice sessions in vocal technique, acting to prepare monologues and musical theater dance styles to prepare students for all aspects of the audition.

At the end of the workshop, students will take home a sample pre-screening video that they can use for auditions and competitions.

2020 Session Dates



$900 plus $30 registration fee


Register online, or contact an education associate at 201-482-8194 or email [email protected] with the subject "College Audition & Filming Workshop." 

Summer Musical (ages 10-25)

Each year The Performing Arts School at bergenPAC presents their annual summer musical featuring an all-student cast, technical crew, and orchestra. Working alongside bergenPAC staff, students gain greater self-confidence and teamwork skills and receive a professional-level experience that they can use in their future endeavors. Past musicals include FAME, Children of Eden, 42nd Street, CATS, AIDALes Misèrables School Edition, West Side Story Disney's Beauty and The Beast, and The Producers!

This year's 10th Annual Summer Musical will be Rodgers and Hammerstein Cinderella!


Sunday, April 19: 1 PM – 4 PM (Auditions) Main Studio at The Performing Arts School

Saturday, April 25: 10 AM – 4 PM (Auditions) Early Childhood Studio at The Performing Arts School

Monday, May 18: 4 PM – 8 PM (Auditions) Cabaret Room at The Bergen Performing Arts Center


Sunday, April 26: 1 PM – 4 PM Dance Call Main Studio at The Performing Arts School

Tuesday, May 19: 4 PM – 8 PM (Callbacks and Dance call for those who auditioned on 5/18) Cabaret Room at The Bergen Performing Arts Center

Registration Required, click here to reserve your spot

Audition Requirements:

Ages 10-25. Please prepare a 32 bar selection from Rodgers and Hammerstein Cinderella and a 1-minute monologue. A piano accompanist will be provided - bring sheet music in a binder. Bring a headshot and resume. Auditions by appointment only!

Final Performances:

July 31st - August 2nd

For more information contact an education associate at [email protected] or call 201-482-8194.


Summer Dance Intensives (ages 10-17)

Our dance program offers two 2-week dance intensives led by our director, Roberta Mathes. These summer intensives are ideal for dancers, ages 10-16 who wish to improve their technical abilities and gain more confidence and a deeper understanding of their true potential. If currently not enrolled in our program, an audition and placement class is required.

Placement and/or audition class is required for any student not enrolled in dance classes at the Performing Arts School.

Session Dates

​July 6 - July 16, 2020
Monday-Thursday 10AM-4PM

August 3 - August 13, 2020
Monday-Thursday 10AM-4PM


$800 per session or $1,500 for both sessions plus a $30 registration fee. Lunch will be provided.

Early Bird Discount: Register and pay in full by May 15th to receive $100 off tuition.

Curriculum (4-5 classes daily):

  • Ballet: Repertory, Character, Partnering
  • Contemporary and Improvisation
  • Modern Jazz Technique
  • Flamenco or West African
  • Audition and Film Techniques
  • Enrichment Workshops
  • Nutrition

Dress Code

Proper dance attire and neatness are required for all classes. Hair must be pulled back into a secure bun. No skirts or jewelry are permitted and proper fitting footwear is necessary. Dancers are required to wear any style black leotard and pink tights for ballet, and black or tan tights for other technique classes. Male dancers are required to wear a white fitted shirt or leotard, black tights or leggings along with a dance belt. For ballet, white socks and white ballet slippers are suggested.


If not currently enrolled in dance at The Performing Arts School, placement classes are available before June. Please contact an education associate for placement classes or to register at 201-482-8194 or email [email protected] with the subject "Summer Dance Intensive." 

Summer Open Dance Classes (all ages)

During the summer, we offer open afternoon and evening classes in ballet, contemporary, jazz, hip hop or tap. Single and drop-in classes are permitted, which is great for the college or adult dancer, or Students may sign up for the 6-week session. Dancers can take up to 6 classes per week. These classes vary in level, beginner through advanced, children through adults. Keep your skills sharp and continue dancing over the summer break.

Session Dates


Summer Open Dance Schedule



Single/trial class - $25

6 week program
1 class per week - $125

2 classes per week - $235

3 classes per week - $335

4 classes per week - $435

5 classes per week - $520

6 classes per week - $600


For questions contact an education associate at 201-482-8194 or email [email protected] with the subject "Summer Open Dance Classes." 

Early Childhood Music Summer Session (ages 3 mo-4 1/2 yrs)

with parent or caregiver

Our Early Childhood music program provides developmentally appropriate music for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers. The music program uses a mix of traditional and contemporary songs from around the world in order to bring out the innate musical nature of young children. bergenPAC brought together musical volunteers including a Broadway vocalist, side musicians from NJ based bands including Bon Jovi and Southside Johnny who helped to create the unique music CD that each registered family receives.

The classes run for 45 minutes and are designed to introduce musically driven activities such as chants, fingerplays, and small and large movements using a variety of age-appropriate musical instruments. Our classes allow children and their parents/caregivers to explore, learn and discover the wonders and benefits of music!

Session Dates

​June 22 - August 9, 2020 (off July 4 & 5)
Trial Classes Week of August 3 - August 9


  • Tuesdays: 9:30am, 10:30am, 11:30am, 1:00pm, 3:45pm
  • Wednesdays: 9:30am, 10:30am, 11:30am, 1:00pm
  • Thursdays: 9:30pm, 10:30pm. 11:30am, 1:00pm


$160 plus $30 registration fee


To register, contact an education associate at 201-482-8194 or email [email protected] with the subject "Early Childhood Summer Session." 

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.