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14 Years of PAA!

14 Years of PAA!

Happy 14th Anniversary, PAA!!!!!! The first PAA camp occurred June 26-30, 2006. Time flies when you’re positively impacting thousands of kids! Thank you to all of the teaching artists, staff members, families, and students who have made the past fourteen years...
Black Lives Matter

Black Lives Matter

We are heartbroken about the racial violence and systemic injustice against people of color in America. It has long been a guiding principal in PAA curriculum to celebrate diversity, while teaching empathy, equality, and awareness. We are committed to learning and...
PAA Virtual Choir

PAA Virtual Choir

Social distancing guidelines and stay-at-home orders have changed the way our students connect with each other and with PAA teaching artists. Since one of our main guiding principals at PAA is “building community” our staff and teaching artists came...
Build The Stage Fundraiser

Build The Stage Fundraiser

Dear friends, Our annual spring fundraising campaign, Build the Stage, was scheduled to launch in late April, but because of these trying times, we are starting April 1st (no joke)! Families like yours allow the Performing Arts Academy to continue our mission to...
Meet Madeline, our new Dance Director!

Meet Madeline, our new Dance Director!

We are thrilled to introduce our new Dance Director, Madeline Shaffer! Madeline grew up teaching and performing with her local studio in southern Illinois. She went on to receive a Bachelor of Arts in Dance from Jacksonville University and then began working in NYC....
Spring Performances Cancelled

Spring Performances Cancelled

The conditions surrounding the coronavirus continue to rapidly change for our community. We are heartbroken by the affect this is having on our program. There is no good decision that can be made in our current situation and I sincerely apologize for the disruption...
Dance Class teaches life long skills

Dance Class teaches life long skills

If you’re looking for a fantastic dance class, for levels from beginner to advanced, then check out PAA! As a dance teacher I am constantly staying up to date and researching new findings on the proper way to move our bodies and develop strength and flexibility...
Acting for the screen vs. the stage

Acting for the screen vs. the stage

The differences between acting for the screen and acting for the stage can make it difficult to master each technique. But if you understand the differences, and take time to practice, then you can excel at both! Here are the three main differences between screen and...
Meet PAA’s New Artistic Director!

Meet PAA’s New Artistic Director!

Meet Melanie Kirkpatrick, a long time PAA parent, director, and supporter! With a strong background in theatre education, administration, and corporate event production, Melanie brings tons of experience and enthusiasm to her role at PAA. The Artistic Director is...
Watch the PAA Dance Class Video!

Watch the PAA Dance Class Video!

Ever wanted to see what our dance classes look like? On the fence about whether to sign up for one? Want to learn what makes them so great? Watch this video to hear from our students about why they love taking dance classes at PAA and think you will too!   PAA...