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Youth Programs

The Performing Arts Workshop offers a variety of distinctly different programs for students of all ages with the common goals of encouraging creativity, instilling a healthy sense of discipline and bolstering self-confidence.


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Intensive Programs



Early Childhood Programs


OUR 2019-20 SEASON WILL RUN FROM SEPTEMBER 17 THROUGH JUNE 6 These classes are tailored to the developmental, cognitive and physical needs of our youngest students. Each schedule option requires a separate registration.


AGE 3-4

SONG & DANCE (First Year)

Wednesdays, 4:00-4:45p

Saturdays, 9:00-9:45a


AGE 4-5

PRE-BALLET (Second Year)

Wednesdays, 4:15-5:00p

Saturdays, 9:30-10:15a


HIP HOP TOTS (First/Second Year)

Mondays, 4:30-5:15p

Saturdays, 11:00-11:45a


AGE 4-6

BALLET/TAP (First/Second Year)

Thursdays, 4:15-5:15p

Saturday 10:15-11:15a

Recreational Programs

OUR 2019-20 SEASON WILL RUN FROM SEPTEMBER 17 THROUGH JUNE 6 These classes are OPEN LEVEL— meaning students need only meet the age requirement to participate are not separated by prior training and ability. If you do not see a particular style of dance on this list specifically for your child’s age, please see our schedule of leveled classes (intensive program) to explore more options.


AGE 6-8

ACROBATIC DANCE: Saturdays, 11:15a-12:15p

• BALLET: Wednesdays, 5:00-6:00p

• BALLET/TAP: Saturdays, 11:15p-12:15p

• HIP HOP/TAP: Mondays, 4:00p-5:00p

• HIP HOP: Saturdays, 12:15p-1:15p

• TAP: Tuesdays, 4:15-5:15p

More options available from beginner to advanced on our intensive track. Please see Intensive Program schedule.


AGE 8-10

ACROBATIC DANCE, Saturdays, 11:15a-12:15p

• HIP HOP/BREAKING: Saturdays, 12:15-1:15

  • JAZZ/LYRICAL JAZZ: Mondays, 5:00p-6:15p

More options available from beginner to advanced on our intensive track. Please see Intensive Program schedule.


AGE 9-11

BALLET: Mondays, 6:15p-7:15p

• JAZZ/LYRICAL JAZZ: Mondays, 5:00p-6:15p

More options available from beginner to advanced on our intensive track. Please see Intensive Program schedule.


AGE 11-13+

• BALLET: Mondays, 5:15p-6:15p

• CONTEMPORARY LYRICAL: Mondays, 6:15p-7:15p

• ACROBATIC DANCE: Mondays, 7:15p-8:15p

More options available from beginner to advanced on our intensive track. Please see Intensive Program schedule.

Leveled Programs


OUR 2019-20 SEASON WILL RUN FROM SEPTEMBER 17 THROUGH JUNE 6 These classes are designed to meet the needs of students at every specific level. The age ranges overlap and all classes require Director Placement to ensure proper progress. If you have a question about placement, please e-mail Jaime Gong at at your convenience.


ACROBATIC DANCE A (Age 6-9): Wednesdays, 6:00p-7:00p / Thursdays, 6:30p-7:30p

ACROBATIC DANCE B (Age 7-10): Tuesdays, 6:00p-7:00p / Thursdays, 6:30p-7:30p

ACROBATIC DANCE C (Age 8-11): Mondays, 6:15p-7:15p

BALLET IA (Age 5-8): Wednesdays, 5:00p-6:00p / Saturdays, 10:00a-11:00a

BALLET IB (Age 6-9): Wednesdays, 5:00p-6:00p / Saturdays 10:00a-11:00a

BALLET IC (Age 7-10): Tuesdays, 5:15p-6:15p

BALLET IIA (Age 8-11): Mondays 5:15p-6:15p,

BALLET IIB (Age 11-13+): Wednesdays, 6:15p-7:15p

PRE-POINTE/POINTE (Age 11-13+): Wednesdays, 7:15p-8:00p

HIP HOP/BREAKING II (Age 7-10): Tuesdays, 4:15p-5:15p

HIP HOP/BREAKING III (Age 11-13+): Thursdays, 4:30p-5:30p

JAZZ/LYRICAL JAZZ IA (Age 6-9): Thursdays, 5:15p-6:30p

JAZZ/LYRICAL JAZZ IB (Age 7-10): Thursdays, 5:15p-6:30p

JAZZ/LYRICAL JAZZ IC (Age 8-11): Fridays, 4:15p-5:30p

JAZZ/LYRICAL JAZZ II (Age 11-13+): Fridays, 6:15p-7:30p

TAP IA/B (Age 7-10): Tuesdays, 4:00p-5:00p

TAP IC (Age 8-11) Mondays, 4:15p-5:15p



TECHNIQUE: TURNS, JUMPS, LEAPS (Company Group 2 & 3): Fridays, 5:30p-6:15p

REHEARSAL (Company Group 2): Weekly on Fridays, 6:30p-7:15p

REHEARSAL (Company Group 3): Weekly on Fridays, 7:30p-8:15p

REHEARSAL (Company Group 1): Select Saturdays, 1:30p-3:30p

Full Company Kids information for the 2019-20 Season available upon request.

Early Childhood
Recreational programs
Ages 3-4
Ages 4-5
Ages 4-6
Ages 6-8
Ages 8-10
Ages 9-11
Ages 11-13+
Program Details
Class Descriptions

Class Descriptions


Consisting of ballet basics, creative movement and tumbling set to a happy soundtrack of children's favorite songs, this class will encourage your child's physical development and coordination skills, as well as teach them how to learn in a dance class environment. Designed to promote creative expression in young children, our Song and Dance class will draw upon your child's natural love for music and movement. 


Pre-Ballet for ages 4-5 and Primary Ballet for ages 5-6 are the prelude levels to formal ballet instruction. The curriculum is designed for young students further along in their development of both fine and gross motor skills. Students learn shapes, positions, and postures associated with classical ballet, and participate in exercises developed to enhance physical and cognitive development. 


Students will learn ballet basics- positions of the feet and arms (port des bras), simple barre excercises, traveling movements and appropriate combinations. During the tap portion of this class, students will develop and undertstanding of basic tap steps and terminology, and learn to make music with their feet! A great class for budding ballerinas who want to give tap dance a try.


Students will learn ballet, jazz and tap vocabulary & movement skills in preparation for future progression in the study of dance. Your child will gain confidence through creative exploration, as they participate in activities designed to promote physical, social, and artistic development.




Students in our Ballet Program follow a progressive track.

Ballet IA will provide a foundation in classical ballet for beginner students. Barre work, floor work and movement combinations are introduced in a structured and supportive environment for every dancer. 5 year olds prerequisite Pre-Ballet/Primary Ballet 1-2 years equivalent Ballet-based foundation.


Students in Ballet IB must have completed Ballet IA or comparable technique class and will develop technical skills and increase comprehension of terminology. A wonderful way to progress your child's ballet training!

Students in Ballet IC must have successfully completed Ballet IB or have taken at least 2 years of classical ballet prior to enrollment.  Director evaluation required.​

Ballet II is for pre-teen and teens of any level. We will go beyond basic technique to develop artistry. Emphasis will be placed on posture, alignment,  coordination, strength, flexibility and musicality. ​




Designed as a technique class for pre-teen and teens. Emphasis will be placed on posture, alignment, coordination, strength and flexibility en pointe. Pre-Pointe at teacher's discretion. Beginning work in pointe shoes and exercises that prepare the body and feet to be prepared for pointe work.

*No performance. Technique only. Students take this class in soft shoes as Pre-Pointe until such time they are ready for pointe shoes. Director evaluation required. 


Energetic class that will explore movement and technique specific to the Hip Hop genre as well as Tap fundamentals. Perfect for boys and girls looking for an upbeat, rhythmic class!




Energetic classes that will explore movement and technique specific to the Hip Hop genre, and instill a sense of rhythm and precision in each participant. We will instruct students at varying levels, and create exciting choreography to age-appropriate music.




This class will provide students with a strong understanding of tap fundamentals through clear explanation and repetition. 

We will concentrate on terminology, timing, rhythm, precise sounds, coordination, syncopation, technical execution and performance skills.​​ Students in level IB must have completed two years at the IA level or two years of comparable tap 

training elsewhere.Level II is for Pre-Teens and Teens of any level.


Jazz combines various movement qualities to create a style suited for popular music from any era. Lyrical fuses the technical elements of ballet with the more expressive qualities of jazz and modern dance. Students will focus on isolations, stretches, and developing turning & leaping skills. Pre-teen/Teen classes will lend themselves to the Contemporary genre with a focus on musicality, athleticism, expression, nuance and choreographic principles.​​



Acro dance combines dance technique with acrobatic elements. Students will increase flexibility, strength, balance and precision, and learn choreography which integrates rhythmic acrobatic and tumbling skills with dance performance. 




Tuition includes all classes for the 2019-20 Season, registration/administrative fees and all costumes/props for performances.

Installments reflect the total annual cost divided into 10 equal amounts for convenience, and do not reflect a specific number of classes during any given month. We offer a 10% payment-in-full discount for accounts reconciled by the time of the student's first class, through December 15.



45-Minutes                $752                                      $75.20                                   $678.80

60-Minutes                $849                                      $84.90                                   $764.10

75-Minutes                $946                                      $94.60                                   $851.40


• There are 28 weeks of instruction accounted for in annual tuition; and 3 Bonus Weeks before the Year-End Showcase which are complimentary.

• These are not drop-in classes and such arrangements are not possible for this program.

• First & last installments are due at the time of registration. There are no refunds on paid tuition.

• Cash, check and all credit cards accepted. There are no credit convenience fees.

• In the event of early withdrawal, we keep all costumes and costume fees, but absolutely no additional fees will be charged for students who do not complete the season.

• Late registration is prorated only for classes missed prior to enrollment— the portion of fees allowed for costume, registration and other fees are not eligible for prorate.

• Each class has a dress code and attire should be purchased through our online store. Details will be shared in August.



UNLIMITED CLASSES: $2875 includes costumes for first 3 classes. $105 for each additional costume will be due by November 15. Intensive students age 6-17 may take all classes available for their age on the intensive track, as well boost their training by attending all available classes for their age on the recreational track. These students must take the leveled classes available for their age in their chosen genre(s) of dance (performance required); and may audit recreational classes to build upon their technique (performance optional). There are no make-up classes for intensive students on the unlimited class plan.



Fees include all scheduled rehearsals, all special experiences and workshops which are outlined in a separate Company Kids 2019-20 information packet. Additional weekly technique class included for company kids in the Ballet IIA or IIB level. Information available after the season begins.





Studio/Program Policies


All policies are in place to ensure that all of our students and their families enjoy a safe, organized and comfortable experience while engaged in our programming.

1. Attire: Dress codes for all classes are established for the benefit of all students to ensure not only a professional look, but to remove all distraction from the learning environment. To that end, please avoid sending students to class wearing costumes, tutus, fashion accessories, hats, tiaras or jewelry of any kind-- especially rings, necklaces, bracelets and hoop earrings (stud earrings are ok). Dress codes vary by class. Please see dress code policies for details about your child’s class(es).

2. Drop-Off/Pick-Up: All students age 11 and under are to be brought into the studio and picked-up after class by a trusted adult. We may call parents of students age 12-17 to verify whether a student is permitted to leave our care without an adult to accompany them. Under no circumstance will any child under the age of 12 be allowed to leave the premises without an adult, regardless of written or verbal consent. We kindly ask that students arrive for class no earlier than 10 minutes prior, and are picked-up promptly at the conclusion of the session. 

  • Parents/Caregivers of children under 10 years old are asked to remain on the premises until students are called into class by their instructor.

  • Parents/Caregivers of students who are not yet potty-trained are asked to remain on the premises for the entirety of their child's class.

3. Etiquette: We strive to create an atmosphere of respect and camaraderie amongst our faculty, students and their families. Performing Arts Workshop is not like the studios you might see on reality TV, and we plan to keep it that way. Some things to keep in mind:

  • Mutual consideration and respect between teachers, parents and students is essential. We're all in this together!

  • Looking to other students for inspiration is good. Making negative comparisons, however, only distracts students from achieving their own goals and fosters an unhealthy atmosphere. We want our students to work hard; focus on themselves; and be satisfied with their progress, regardless of what others may achieve. We also want them to work together; support one another; and be happy for each other's success. Rude behavior and critical commentary will not be tolerated. Our rule of thumb: there is never a reason not to be kind.

  • We understand when children wish to perform their studio routines for other events unrelated to Performing Arts Workshop. In fact, we love to attend such performances (school talent shows, community exhibitions, etc.). Kindly request permission from the Director to use our class or stage material; and please understand that if a routine has not been performed at one of our own events yet, permission may not be granted to use the choreography, music and costume for other purposes. Disregarding this policy will result in immediate dismissal from the program without refund.

  • In the unlikely event of an uncomfortable situation or misunderstanding, please communicate all concerns to the Director for speedy and effective resolution.

  • Students may not enter a studio without being called in by their teacher. If a student is late to a class, the generally accepted etiquette in the professional world of artists is to (silently) make eye contact with the instructor from the doorway, and wait a moment for the "OK" to enter.  We appreciate your support of this polite procedure for students age 6 and older. 

  • Parents/Caregivers are asked not to open studio doors or enter studios while classes are in session, as this can be incredibly disruptive. If you need to pull your child out of class early for any reason, please inform the front desk and they will take care of it for you. If you need to speak with your child's teacher, please make arrangements at the front desk to do so when class is not in session.

  • All children who are not attending classes-- whether siblings or friends-- must be supervised at all times, and may not run freely throughout the waiting area, or enter the studios.

  • Please refrain from inviting friends and family to view classes, as visitors will not be permitted inside of studios- for any reason- while classes are in session. Provisions are in place for periodic observation from the waiting area--weekly through October 7; then the first week of each month thereafter to show progress (except during the week prior to a showcase). 

  • Strollers, skates, skateboards, tricycles, bicycles, scooters and the like are not permitted in the reception and waiting areas, nor in either of the studios. If these things must make their way to the Performing Arts Workshop, they must be secured with a lock outside of the building (skates and skateboards may be placed in the interior hallway). Many thanks for your cooperation and understanding that the Performing Arts Workshop cannot be held responsible/will not assume responsibility for damage, loss or theft of unsecured personal property which is not directly caused by the actions of our personnel.

  • Food and beverage- with the exception of water-- are not permitted in the studios. Children may have a snack before or after class in the waiting area, but should not leave class to eat. We kindly ask that all food and beverage brought into the building is disposed of or taken home, upon exit. No gum, please.

4. Communication: The key to successful participation in PAW programming is to thoroughly read all e-mail and keep track of updates to our Parent Portal.  Most often, questions arise that have already been answered in written communications. We appreciate every family's diligence in this regard in order to avoid all preventable inconvenience to them and costly mistakes. Additionally, please note:

  • Office hours vary depending on the schedule of classes. Please leave a voicemail when the office is closed to ensure a response and please allow 1-2 business days for our office to return non-urgent messages.

  • PAW habitually sends e-mail reminders and posts updates to the Parent Portal. Please check your e-mail periodically for studio updates to keep your family on track during our school year. The studio and its staff are not responsible for families missing payment deadlines and incurring late fees; or missing important events and updates if they have not referenced the information provided via e-mail or the Parent Portal.

  • In the event of an emergency cancellation, you will be notified as soon as possible by phone call or text message, followed-up by an e-mail confirming the rescheduled class.

  • Follow us on Facebook (PAworkshopNJ) and Instagram (@performingartswkshp_nj) to stay informed.

  • Calendar of Events will outline all planned closures, tuition due dates and other important dates. Please reference this on your Parent Portal or see the front desk for a hard copy.

5. Pets: pets will not be permitted in the building for their own comfort, and for the comfort of our clientele at large.

6. Smoking: Smoking is not permitted anywhere in the building at any time or within 50 feet of our front entrance.


Tuition/Payment Policies

  • Registration after the first day of each class is prorated based on the number of classes missed prior to enrollment only. We subtract $12.00/15.00/$18.00 per class (45-min/60-min/75-min classes, respectively) from the total annual cost. The balance of fees is inclusive of registration and costumes, which are not eligible for prorate unless a child enrolls after the winter performance (in which case, the actual cost of the costume is deducted from the total amount due).

  • Tuition is not prorated for absences. Make-up classes will be available for the 2019-20 season until March 31. Make-ups for voluntarily missed classes are a courtesy and not guaranteed.

  • 2019-20 Year-End Showcase Participation Fee: $40 per student by March 15 / $50 per student after March 15. No discounts.

  • Tuition does not include admission to any performance.

Withdrawal Policies

  • WITHDRAWALS MUST BE RECEIVED IN WRITING. Charges for classes will accrue as regularly  scheduled until written notice is received, after which time, any account adjustments will occur only from the date of notice, forward.

  • Accounts paid in-full will be refunded only for classes not taken after 30 days from the date of written notice. No other fees will be refunded.


  • Costumes are not provided after withdrawal and no refunds will be provided.


Please keep this information for your reference. PAW reserves the right to amend all policies as needed.

Dress Codes


ALL STUDENTS MUST BE IN DRESS CODE IN ORDER TO ATTEND CLASSES. All clothing is to be purchased through Performing Arts Workshop.


No legwarmers, leggings nor any other accessories may be worn to class. No jewelry except for stud earrings.

Hair: Girls must wear their hair in a bun. If hair is too short for a bun (chin length or shorter), it must be tightly pulled away from the face. No tiaras, bows, headbands or clips of any kind. Hairpins must match hair color.  No ponytails. No jewelry except for stud earrings. 




Flounce Dance Dress            

Full Foot Tights                

Full Sole Ballet Shoes                

Optional Dance Sweater, Wrap Sweater         



Dance Dress        

Full Foot Tights                

Full Sole Ballet Shoes                    

Optional Dance Sweater, Wrap Sweater            



Required Leotard                

Required Skirt            

Required Convertible Tights                

Required Split Sole Ballet Shoes            

Optional Dance Sweater, Wrap Sweater            



Required Leotard                

Required Skirt    

Required Convertible Tights                

Required Split Sole Ballet Shoes            

Required Slide-Buckle Tap Shoes    


Required Leotard                    

Required Skirt            

Required Convertible Tights                

Required Slip-On Jazz Shoes                

Required Slide-Buckle Tap Shoes



Required Leotard, Spaghetti or Tank            

Required Footless Tights                

Required Dance Shorts                

Required Slip-On Jazz Shoes



Studio T-Shirt        

Required Contrast Sweatpants

Required High-Top Sneakers



Studio T-Shirt        

Required Contrast Sweatpants

Required High-Top Sneakers

Required Slide-Buckle Tap Shoes



Required Leotard                

Leggings or Shorts

Bare Feet

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