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Unique Performance Arts Ctr



627 Eagle Rock Ave
West Orange, NJ 07052
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  • Description - Unique Performance Arts Ctr

    Over a Decade of Dance Inspiration Amid the hustle and bustle of Eagle Rock Avenue, planted squarely between Pleasant Valley Way and Prospect Avenue, is tucked away one of West Orange's best kept secrets: Unique Performance Arts Center. Located in the CVS shopping plaza, it is a sanctuary of grace and elegance amid the chaos of everyday life. Twelve years ago, its director and owner, Lisa C. Batchelor, strived to create a place that was different from the typical dance studio. Instead, she wanted an environment where preschoolers to teens could come to stretch their creative muscles while learning the proper techniques in ballet, jazz, tap, lyrical, hip-hop and modern dance forms. She wanted it to be a artistic outlet with a family atmosphere, a place to be able to work toward individual goals while belonging to a cohesive group. She achieved that and so much more. It is also a place where they learn teamwork, sportsmanship, health and fitness, balance in both life and body, responsibility, leadership, dedication and confidence. In a nurturing and supportive environment, talented and accomplished instructors Jennifer Keane-Ackermann, Jennifer Segovia, Maurice Chestnut, Lyndsey Wood and Lisa Remmers, led by Lisa Batchelor, teach their students with grace and wisdom, balancing classical technique with cutting-edge training and dance forms. Because classes are small, teachers can focus more directly on each student, meeting their individual needs, and thereby enhancing and intensifying their dance experience. Stressing education and understanding along with technical proficiency, instructors imbue their students with both poise and knowledge. These students also teach each other. They are given the opportunity to assist instructors while earning credit toward their tuition, providing them with valuable tools in leadership and self-esteem. They are in turn encouraging of one another, assisting each other while honing their own skills. Similarly, children as young as three years old can come to learn the foundations of ballet and tap in a fun, song-filled creative movement environment, but in doing so learn the basics of teamwork, respect and cooperation. UPAC is also proud of its award-winning UPAC Troupe, a competitive dance team comprised of children aged from eight to sixteen years old.

  • Kids Activities Offered

    Ballet,  Dance,  Preschooler

  • Activity Age Range

    3 years to 16 years old

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