Dance Class

Performing Arts Academy offers a variety of dance class options during our Spring and Fall semesters. Classes are taught by experienced, industry professionals who are experts in their discipline.

Dance classes start with the beginner level and proceed through advanced. If you're not sure which level you should register for, please contact us and our dance instructor will talk to you about your student's accomplishments.

The types of dance classes offered at PAA varies by semester. We do our best to accomodate our students and their interests. If you don't see a particular class listed in our semester offering, please contact us.

Studying dance helps with creative thinking, originality, elaboration and flexibility. It improves expressive skills, social tolerance, self-confidence and persistence. You can read more about the benefits of Arts Education here.

Private Dance Lessons

Looking to take your dance skills to the next level? We offer private dance lessons both in person and via Zoom. Choose from 30-60 minute lessons that cater to the specific needs of your dancer.

Send an email to dance@paacolorado.org to inquire about rates and reserve your lesson time.


Ballet is the foundation of all dance and is necessary to develop technique to prevent injury and support proper body alignment and posture for all dance styles. Ballet students will work on body mechanics, grace, posture, poise, flexibility, balance, and strength. This class will improve self discipline and self confidence.


Learn the fundamentals of Ballet with this introductory class! This course will focus on learning basic terminology and proper alignment for this crucial technique! We will learn the basics while dancing to music for multiple genres and learning how to apply ballet technique to our musical theatre craft!


*Pre-requisite of Ballet 1 (with PAA) & teacher placement

This class builds on the basic skills from Ballet 1. Students enrolled in Ballet 2 should understand the basic positions and terminology of ballet. In this course we will explore musicality and build on combinations that increase in difficulty and memorization.


This is our highest level of Ballet. Students in this class will be taken through a full ballet class ( Barre, Center, and Across the Floor). We will experiment with different types of music to work on musicality and push the dancers to increase their technique, memorization, and strength.

Adult Ballet

It’s never too late to learn ( or dust off)  the basics. Ballet is a classic and beautiful form of dance and this class celebrates that! Dancers will learn the fundamentals and be taught the full flow of a ballet class! Learn some french, point your toes, and stand a little bit taller with this fun beginner class!


Hip hop dance class teaches an urban street style of dance that infuses breaking, popping, locking, b-boy, funk, and jazz. 


In this class, students will get in touch with their individual style and confidence. This high energy class will feature a challenging warm up, breakdowns of intricate footwork and body isolations, and fun, upbeat combinations. Hip Hop has evolved greatly over the years and this class will celebrate that by teaching a variety of styles and eras to the dancers. 


*Pre-requisite of Hip Hop (with PAA) & teacher placement.

Hip Hop was developed out of urban street style dance. This is an energetic, and dynamic dance class that builds on the technique, steps, and style established in our Hip Hop beginner level. Build your strength, style, and performance thru this fun class.


*Pre-requisite of Hip Hop 2 (with PAA) & teacher placement.

A high-energy class that infuses the latest styles of street dancing, breaking, popping, and locking.


*Pre-requisite of Hip Hop 3 & teacher placement.

Build upon the technique that you have developed in Hip Hop 3 in this fun, energetic class. You are sure to get a workout while learning multiple combos and building your confidence.



This musical theater staple is crucial to master and what better time to start than now? Students will be guided through the basics of tempo, rhythm, and counting music. We will learn the foundational steps of Tap and work on short sequences of movement.

Purchase of tap shoes is required prior to start of class. Preferably a black tied tap shoe that can be picked up at any dance shoe store.


The beginning tap class is designed for students who have no experience with tap. We will focus on the basics of rhythm, tempo, counting music, and basic footwork including shuffles, flaps, paradiddles, irishes, shirley temples, maxi fords.


*Pre-requisite of Tap (with PAA) & teacher placement.

Tap 2 is an upper level tap class for those who completed Tap, and is designed to further develop rhythm, musicality, and coordination.


*Pre-requisite of Tap 2 (with PAA) & teacher placement.

Build on the basics that you have already learnt in our Tap 2 class! In this class we begin to work on pullbacks, riffles, scuffles, and combos of steps across the floor. The students build confidence in being able to pick things up faster, which will help with every audition they attend in the future.


This class focuses on Jazz technique with a Musical Theatre application. Students will participate in a warm up, learn basic jazz skills such as kicks, turns, and leaps, and finish class with a combination in the style of Musical Theatre dance featuring music from all your favorite Broadway shows!


PAA offers a variety of dance classes for adults each semester. Offering and schedule varies by semester. Be sure to check out our Fall Semester schedule and Spring Semester schedule for details.

Basic Ballroom

Bring a partner or be paired up with other individual students and learn some social dancing basics! This class will give you new moves to show off when you need to get on the dance floor! Waltz, Salsa, and Swing will be featured as students learn how to dance with a partner. This class is for all abilities!

Stretching and Conditioning

Let’s sweat! This high energy class will use bodyweight workouts to strengthen and tone the body while sweating out your worries and stress! Half of each class will focus on strength and endurance while half of the class will focus on deep stretching to improve flexibility. A perfect combination!

Adult Ballet

It’s never too late to learn ( or dust off)  the basics. Ballet is a classic and beautiful form of dance and this class celebrates that! Dancers will learn the fundamentals and be taught the full flow of a ballet class! Learn some french, point your toes, and stand a little bit taller with this fun beginner class!

Adult Tap

Learn the basic building blocks of this joyful style with other newcomers in a safe and welcoming environment! Warm up your feet, learn the basics, and enjoy fun and approachable dances from the wonderful world of tap!

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In honor of our 15-year Anniversary, we are offering 15% off Spring Classes when students register for 2 or more classes!

The same student must be registered in both classes for the discount to apply.
Offer expires Monday, January 31


John Boggs

John Boggs is a pianist, composer and vocalist based currently in Thornton, Colorado. He holds a DMA in Composition from the University of Colorado Boulder, a M.M. in Composition from the University of Michigan and a B.F.A. from Bard College. Previous piano instructors include German Diez and MaryAnn Griebling. He taught students of all ages and experience during his undergraduate and graduate studies.

At Bard College he studied voice with tenor Rufus Müller. He has sung such roles as Jamie in The Last Five Years, The Lecturer in Reefer Madness, and El Gallo in The Fantasticks. He teaches repertoire in the genres of musical theater, art song, pop and opera. He currently is a Choral Pro for both the Ars Nova singers and the St. John’s Episcopal Compline Choir. In 2016, John co-founded Renaissance and Contemporary a cappella group, Solis, to promote new works from local and national composers.

His music direction includes Pippin and Rocky Horror Picture Show with the Bard Musical Theater Company. In 2017 he music directed Centerstage Theater Company’s production of Godspell, and most recently their 2021 production of Theory of Relativity.

He has had composition premiers by such groups as the American Symphony Orchestra, University of Michigan’s Symphony Orchestra and Chamber Choir, DaCapo Chamber Players, Ars Nova Singers, the Columbine Chorale, 303 Children’s Choir (now Vocal Coalition), the Chamber Music Society of Ohio, and new music ensemble Contemporaneous. He is the co-founder/co-writer as well as the keyboardist and vocalist for experimental rock band Fifth Veil, and is delving into the world of film and interactive game scoring.

He also has experience teaching students with developmental disabilities. He provided accompaniment for Tapestry Theater’s productions of Elf, School House Rocks and Shrek Jr. He was previously employed with Imagine’s CORE day program, where he instructed group music classes using midi over wifi to create the feeling of being in a band and orchestra.



Amy Arpan

Amy Arpan has worked professionally as an actress, show host, variety artist, improviser, fight choreographer, clown, and director for 22 years.

She is represented by Radical Artists Agency, and you may have seen her competing in the ‘Dish Network Challenge’ and zooming along on an electric scooter in the ‘Colorado Lottery’ Commercials.

Past local credits include Ella Enchanted at the Arvada Center; Mrs. Soames in Our Town at Miners Alley; the Conductor and Engineer in The Polar Express; Madame Volange in Les Liaisons Dangereuses at Miners Alley; Characters in Crisis for the Colorado Police Departments; and directing Fright Fest and the Summer Illusion Shows at Elitch Gardens. She is also a local weekly Trivia and Bingo Host.

Favorite out of State Credits and Clients
include: Nickelodean, Royal Caribbean,
Disney Cruise Lines, & Cedar Fair Theme Parks , Shakespeare Carolina, ChickSpeare, The Children’s Theatre of Charlotte,.

In addition to Clowning around with her Ringling Brother’s Circus School training, she is also fond of Juggling, Improv-ing, Performing Magic, Balloon Twisting, Lip Print Reading, Stilt Walking, Mascot work, Puppeteering, Show Hosting, and Character Roaming. She has been the owner and principal performer for Amy Arpan’s Illusions And Confusions since its founding in 1998.

Katie Reid Milazzo

Katie is thrilled to be returning to her beautiful home state of Colorado after 15 years away performing and teaching professionally, and she is very excited to be joining PAA! National Tours: South Pacific (Nellie Forbush), 'S Wonderful (Jane), Annie (Ronnie Boylan). Regional: Last Five Years (Cathy), Marvelous Wonderettes (Missy), Princess and the Pea (Queen u/s), Land of Forgotten Toys (Queen), Full Monty (Pam), Ordinary Days (Claire), B’way: The Big Band Years (featured singer), Sweeney Todd, The Who's Tommy. BFA Musical Theater from The University of Oklahoma. In Chicago, Katie taught and directed at several performing arts programs, directing/music directing over 20 shows with ages K - 12. She especially loves working one on one with students and believes in the transformative power of theater for everyone!


Jennifer Maggi

Jennifer Maggi grew up dancing in Orange County, California at the Pacific School of Ballet from the age of 5 to 18. Throughout her years there, she trained in Ballet, Pointe, Jazz, Lyrical/Contemporary, and Tap. She went on to receive a Bachelor of Arts in Dance from California State University, Fullerton with an emphasis in Ballet and Modern. While completing her degree, Jennifer performed and choreographed for numerous professional dance shows and showcases as well as participated in the Limon Dance Intensive under Collin Connor. After graduating, Jennifer returned to Cal State Fullerton to choreograph the BFA Musical Theatre main stage productions of Andrew Lippa’s Wild Party, and Cry Baby. In 2014, Jennifer was cast as a performer at the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California where she danced and portrayed famous Disney characters in the Pixar Play Parade, Paint the Night Parade, The Frightfully Fun Parade, and The Christmas Fantasy Parade. She moved to Denver in May 2019 and is so excited to join the team at PAA and share her passion for dance with her students.

Jana Wesson

Jana Wesson is thrilled to be back at PAA! As a former alumni, Jana is excited to be continuing with PAA as a staff of the outreach program. Since her last show in 2013 Jana has gone on to do community theatre at the Pace Center and Wesley Players Theatre Company, starring in shows such as Singin’ In The RainMary Poppins, The Music Man and many more!

McKensey Struzik

McKensey graduated from Point Park University’s Conservatory of Performing Arts with a BA in Acting and a Minor in Musical Theatre in 2016.  Since, she has taught children’s theatre at various studios in Virginia as well as in Colorado.  She has taught dance, private voice and group acting classes as well as choreographed, music directed many productions.  She has tap danced for 17 years and had the opportunity to study under tap dancers such as Savion Glover, Chloe Arnold, Maude Arnold, and Jason Janas.  She is thrilled to teach tap with PAA this year and can’t wait to get started.

Andrew McGlothen

Andrew McGlothen is thrilled to be back for his 2nd summer with PAA. Originally from Texas, Andrew has been fabricator, scenic painter, director and actor for over a decade. He’s had the privilege to work for companies like the Arvada Center for Arts and Humanities, Rocky Mountain Theatre for Kids, Denver Comic Con, Visionbox Studio and many others. If you need something designed or created, he’s your guy. When not working in theatre Andrew is a Graphic Designer and coffee snob. He’d like to thank his husband and dogs for the support and PAA for the opportunity!”


Melanie Ware

Melanie has been with PAA as their Properties Master for six years and teaching classes for five. Melanie received her BA in Theatre from the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs in May of 2016. Between Acting, Directing and Properties Design she has roughly 12 years of theatrical experience. Favorite PAA design credits include: You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown!, Tarzan, Mary Poppins and The Addams Family.




Stephanie Hesse

Stephanie is thrilled to join PAA, and is very proud of this group of talented kids!  With a BA in both Theatre and Dance from Colorado Mesa University,  Stephanie has performed with Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble, Avatar Movement Dance Company, and in several musicals in the Denver area including 9 to 5, 42nd Street, Crazy For You, and West Side Story. Choreography credits include: A Gentleman’s Guide To Love And Murder, Hello Dolly!, She Loves Me, 13: The Musical, and Disney’s Mary Poppins Jr.