“POP teaches core life lessons; respect, hope and responsibility using a proven lesson plan that delivers its message through the performing arts. POP! empowers at-risk-youth by teaching them the skills they need to avoid risky behaviors, weaving together our guiding themes of respect for self, family and community, which have been shown to help students make healthy choices, with mentoring and inspiration from the finest teachers and artists in Dance, Music and Theater in our region.”
The Performing Arts Center of Southern Westchester is a comprehensive program of performing arts education in Pelham, New York, the product of our work in the field for the past 33 years. A key to our success is the vast talent pool in the region, remarkable professionals who have achieved important success. Among our staff of 28 are representatives of The Joffrey School, The Metropolitan Opera Company, active performers on Broadway, Dance Theater of Harlem and other internationally recognized institutions. We conduct enrichment classes in four public school systems in the area.
We built our first studio outside Albany, New York in 1977. In 2000, we built our studio space in Pelham. As mentioned, a key to success is access to extraordinary talent from the New York area for our teaching staff. Sally Williams, who has performed over 5000 times in Phantom of the Opera on Broadway, coaches voice. Before returning to Ireland, Eileen Martin, who was the female lead of “Riverdance” for seven years, directed the Irish Step staff.
These immense talents come to us because we conduct a competent and caring professional school of dance and music education. Our guiding philosophy is one of nurturing and building self-esteem while building confidence and an appreciation of the Arts.
Our core curriculum is comprehensive, featuring instruction in all styles of dance and movement and is culturally diverse by design; Latin, African, Chinese, Ballet, Jazz, Irish Step, Ballroom, Tap, Modern, Lyrical, Character, Flamenco, Folk Dance and Hip Hop.
Instruction in heath maintenance programs includes Pilates, Yoga, Belly Dancing and Zumba.
Private voice and instrument lessons are conducted by specialists of exemplary skill and achievement.
Performing Arts camps are active year round, providing exposure to all facets of Dance, Voice, Movement and Theater.
Program Reach- Healthy Respect:
For the past two years we have been primary providers to Program Reach, an enrichment facility active in 11 Yonkers schools. Our teachers are on call to conduct movement classfor children who could otherwise not participate without economic assistance. At the core of the program are the same fundamental guideposts by which we approach all our students; to provide an environment that builds self esteem, poise and confidence. The literature is very complete as to the benefits of early exposure to dance and music for the young student. In the curriculum guide book developed by the New York State Education Department entitled “Curriculum for the Arts” a powerful case is made that children who participate in such activities from a young age are much better students in mathematics and the Sciences later in their academic career.
We have been affiliated with BOCES as a provider of instructors and class content for over 14 years.
Residencies: Ballet Arts conducts residencies in the Pelham Union Free District Schools
- Master’s School Dobbs Ferry
- Ursuline Middle School
- Sts. John and Paul
- Pearls Hawthorne School
- DiChiara School
- DeHostos School
- Enrico Fermi School
- Robert C. Dodson School
- Montessori of Yonkers
- PS 23 Yonkers
- Scholastic School
- Prospect Hill School
- Siwanoy School
- Colonial School
- Hutchinson School
- Isaac Young Middle School
Our students and teachers appear on stage as often as twelve times per year in local assisted living facilities as part of our community outreach initiative.
Public Private Initiatives
Ballet Arts is a founding member of Friends of the Performing Arts in Pelham. As choreographic consultant and dance coach to the Sock N’ Buskin production of “Chorus Line”, Ballet Arts contributed to this production’s Helen Hayes Award for Best Musical.
Centre Stage Group LLC as the holding company for Ballet Arts and Centre Stage is active in regional theater as producer of original musicals; provides small market press and public relations, business development consulting and script and treatment editorial services
Joy to the World
“Ballet brings Christmas Joy to Pelham”
Peter Kramer: The Journal News
“ZEPHYR’S POND” is a delightful tale about a special dragonfly and her musical friends of the pond.
“I was enchanted. Zephyr’s Pond is a wonderful tale with a great message. It is entertaining and magical for children as well as parents.”
Melina Kanakaredes; Actress “CSI-NY”
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504 Fifth Avenue, Pelham NY 10803