beyondDANCE classes include creative movement, pre-ballet, classical ballet, contemporary, modern jazz, hip hop, tap, voice and theatre dance. For the more advanced students there is a pre-professional program which offers college guidance and more performance opportunities. beyondTHEATER provides weekly classes in the dramatic arts and musical theater as well as college and audition preparation for aspiring actors. NEW: the Musical Theater Ensemble, Drama Ensemble, and Musical Theater Orchestra. beyondMUSIC offers music classes for all instruments through private lessons, group jam sessions, and performances at bergenPAC. NEW: Music Production, Jazz Ensembles and Making New Music. Students attend Master Classes and Artist Talks with various artists and performers who appear at the theater. Select students have the opportunity to open for certain bergenPAC shows. Music Speaks introduces caregiver and child to musically driven activities such as chants, finger plays, and small and large movements using a variety of age appropriate musical instruments. Classes allow participants to explore, learn and discover the wonders and benefits of music.
About bergenPAC Performing Arts School
The Education program at bergenPAC features a series of classes, school residencies, workshops, live performances, student productions and ensemble groups in the performing arts for students ages 2 1/2 months to 21 years old.
The program provides students with unique and “hands-on” arts training by industry professionals that allow them to gain real world experience and enhance academic achievement through the arts. bergenPAC’s arts education initiatives occur on-site at our new Performing Arts School building at 1 Depot Square, Englewood, NJ or off-site at other schools. The school reaches more than 30,000 students annually.
The Performing Arts School offers basic and professional level performing arts classes and ensemble groups and productions in theater, dance, and music for students of all ages. The school also offers beyond bergenPAC, a school Partnership Program with school districts throughout the area.
Founded in 2003, the 1,367-seat Bergen Performing Arts Center, or bergenPAC, is the area’s cultural mecca. Housed in a historic Art Deco-style theater boasting one of the finest acoustic halls in the United States, bergenPAC attracts a stellar roster of world-class entertainment. The jewel in our crown is The Performing Arts School at bergenPAC – the innovative, educational performing arts initiative that reaches more than 30,000 students annually. The Performing Arts School provides community youth, age 2 months to 21 years, with unique, “hands-on” training in music, dance and theater by industry professionals. It is through the ongoing generosity of sponsors, donors and patrons that the not-for-profit 501(c)(3) corporation bergenPAC and The Performing Arts School are able to thrive and enrich our community.
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