474 Prospect Avenue 2nd floor, West Orange, NJ 07052
973 669-1791 ● Established 1998



                         Classes starting September 19, 2022                       Classes running from September 2022 to June 2023

Classes starting at age 18 months 

        Our dress code requirements for each class      are stipulated at registration

Our goal is to nurture, develop, challenge, and cultivate self-expression and self-confidence.  UPAC offers a professional and disciplined atmosphere in the study of dance. Our diverse staff includes professional dancers, choreographers, and educators who enthusiastically share their years of experience with our students.   

You & Me -  18months - 2.5years                                                                          Saturday 9:15-10:00   This is a introductory toddler dance class where a parent or guardian joins them during class. Students will dance, sing and play while developing their gross motor skills, balance, coordination and more.  You will help your child learn new skills and reach developmental milestones in each class and beam as you see them master them! This class will introduce toddlers to our studio and make sure they feel comfortable learning to dance with us before trying an independent class like our creative movement class. 

Creative Movement – ages 2.5 (by Oct. 1st) – 3.5yrs.                                      Saturday  10:00-10:45         Specifically created for our younger students, this class is designed to structure these youthful expressions in a fun & educational way. It combines movement with music and song, which helps to develop rhythm, coordination, and motor skills, as well as listening and social skills.

Preschool – ages 3.5 (by Oct. 1st) – 5yrs.                      Tuesday 4:30-5:30 or  Saturday 10:45-11:45        This class provides a foundation of skills for creative expression through ballet, tap and creative movement techniques. An enjoyment of music and movement as well as a positive self-image is our primary goals. 

Combo – Kindergarteners                                         Wednesday 4:30-5:30 or Saturday 11:45-12:45      This class is a combination of ballet & tap.  Students will continue to develop their basic fundamentals in each discipline for a half hour each.

Mini – 1st graders & 2nd grade beginners                                                                Monday 4:30-6:00        This class consists of ballet, tap and jazz. Students will continue to learn new steps, expand their dance vocabulary and begin learning the fundamentals of jazz.

Musical Theater Littles -        1st-4th grade                                                                Friday 5:30-6:30        Students learn about the most essential elements of musical theater, singing, acting and dance.


Acrobatics/Tumbling –           I - 1st - 4th grade                                                   Saturday 9:30-10:30       

                                                     II - 5th gr.& up                                                   Saturday 10:30-11:30        This class will focus on basic tumbling skills such as rolls and cartwheels and progress to more advanced skills such as walkovers, aerials and handsprings. Students will learn tricks they can use in dance and cheerleading.


Hip Hop I         2nd-4th grade                                                                                       Friday 4:30-5:30        Hip Hop II       5th-7th grade                                                                                         Friday 5:30-6:30      Hip Hop III      8th-12th grade                                                                                   Monday 8:00-9:00        Students learn the latest in hip-hop and street dance. This class includes warm-up followed by age-appropriate dance combinations. Emphasis is on developing individual style.


Ballet – by placement only                                                                 Schedule given at registration

Students will start by learning vocabulary and positions of classical ballet. A sensible and fun approach is used to teach correct placement and alignment, which will provide an excellent foundation. Students will progress to exercises at the barre and in center that are aimed at improving balance, control, and coordination. Students will also learn spatial awareness, dynamics, and artistry of movement. Exercises are created to enhance the student's individual qualities, raise their technical level, and focuses on healthy techniques to create strong and flexible bodies.


Pre-Pointe - by placement only, student must take at least 3 hours of ballet per week.          

This class will concentrate on developing and strengthen the muscles necessary to go en pointe. Students will be evaluated mid-season to determine if they are ready for pointe shoes.


Pointe - by placement only, student must take at least 3 hours of ballet per week.           

In order to be able to dance en pointe, a dancer must have had time to achieve the form, strength, turnout, balance and alignment needed to make a successful transition into pointe work. Proper technique is required to be able to properly rise on the toes without risks of injury. Students will be evaluated to determine if they are physically ready to meet the demands of pointe work.


Jazz – by placement only                                                                 Schedule given at registration

Every class will begin with a warm-up and stretches, concentrating on correct placement and followed by across the floor progressions. These progressions consist of leaps, turns, kicks and jumps. Class concludes with a stylistically challenging combination in any of the following jazz styles; lyrical, contemporary, modern, and street jazz.  It is a high energy class that promises to be fun filled!


Tap - by placement only                                                                  Schedule given at registration

Dancers will use their feet like drums to create rhythmic patterns and timely beats. Dancers will be exposed to various styles of tap including Broadway, Classical and Hoofing. In this class a dancer will learn a series of basic steps and build more difficulty into the combinations, speed and rhythmic patterns as they advance. The objective is to produce clean, clear sounds while stylizing the upper body.


The Dress Code is our in-house retail store that carries all items required for classes. In addition we carry UPAC paraphernalia.

Requirements for Classes
Our dress code requirements for each class are stipulated at registration and will be enforced to maintain UPAC's high standards.