Training For All Ages and Skill Levels

Performing Arts Academy offers a strong foundation in the techniques of many styles of dance and the opportunity to grow and advance through ongoing classes and technical training. We offer classes for preschool students, beginners, advanced students and even adults, providing attentive and professional coaching that encourages students of all ages and skill level to progress and develop a love of dance.

Preschool Classes

Preschool Combo

These 45-minute classes introduce core concepts of dance to young children, providing necessary training for advanced styles in future classes.

Five-Year-Old Combo
The one hour, once-a-week classes provide continuing education and training for students to prepare for their elementary level classes. All of our combo students ages three through five perform in the Sunday Matinee performance at the end of the year.

Elementary Through Advanced Level Classes


Offered for ages six and up to every skill level. We believe that the study of classical ballet is the primary foundation in the training of aspiring dancers. The technical dance style of ballet teaches graceful, flowing and precise movements.

Our students begin each class with basic barre exercises, which teach proper weight distribution for balance as well as proper placement for use in center floor work. Our young students learn classical ballet techniques, though they may be introduced to more contemporary styles as they mature.


Dancing on pointe requires tremendous strength. In order to be able to dance “en pointe,” a dancer must have had the time and the training to achieve the form, strength and alignment necessary to a successful transition from ballet to pointe work.

Students are typically physically prepared to begin pointe dance training around age 11 and in their third or fourth year of ballet training. Students can only take pointe classes upon teacher recommendation. Young dancers who desire to dance on pointe should begin training at least two hours per week. Students who take pointe must also take a ballet technique class in addition to their normal ballet classes.

Our first-year pointe students use the barre to develop strength and confidence before being introduced to center floor work. Intermediate and advanced pointe students perform in our show.

Ballet Technique

Ballet technique is a non-recital class that is mandatory for our pointe students. This class combines barre and floor work. Students learn throughout the year while working on recital dances for their normal classes.


Offered for ages six and up to every skill level. Tap dancing uses syncopated rhythms to create a pattern of sounds. Our tap students learn proper warm-up techniques, combinations, turns and several styles, including ballroom, hoofing/rhythmic and Broadway.


Offered for ages eight and up. A ballet background is recommended. Contemporary dance is an evolution from traditional ballet. It is less structured than ballet and concentrates on organic and free movements.


Offered for ages six and up to every skill level. Hip-hop is a type of street dance that is performed to fast-paced, popular music. This high-energy class is great for dancers of all levels and experience.

Musical Theater

Offered for students ages eight to 18. No prior dance experience is necessary. This class incorporates vocal coaching, dance steps and acting techniques to prepare students for realistic auditions or careers in theater. It is recommended that all students take jazz to sharpen their skills.

Our musical theater students perform in our yearly recital, where they incorporate all of their learned techniques to perform a two- to three-minute piece from a musical chosen by their teacher.

Theater Dance

Theater Dance is a Broadway style class danced in character heels, wherein students work on storytelling and acting through dance. There is no singing involved. This class is only available upon instructor recommendation.


Offered to students age six and up. Jazz is one of the most popular dance forms. It could be any dance style characterized by the use of improvisation and influenced by the rhythms and techniques of jazz music.

Lyrical Dance

A style of dance created from the fusion of ballet with jazz and contemporary dance techniques. Lyrical dancing features movements that express strong emotions inspired by the choreographer’s reaction to a chosen song.

Character Dance

A style of ballet deriving inspiration from national or folk dances, or interpreting and representing a particular profession, mode of living or personality. The movements used tend to be less stylized than those in classical ballet, allowing greater individual expression and diversity.


Pilates is a system of exercises designed to improve physical strength, flexibility and posture and enhance mental awareness. The quest for better training has led many dancers to Pilates.

Performance Coaching

Private coaching is available with Miss Kerri Lynn Paufler. Miss Kerri helps students prepare for upcoming auditions, shows and musicals through vocal and dance coaching. Please contact the studio to discuss available times.

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