Pamdance is a performing arts/ dance studio located on the 3rd Floor Loft of SOPAC(South Orange Performing Arts Center) in South Orange, NJ. They offer classes in ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, contemporary jazz, musical theater, hip hop, voice, ballroom, pre-ballet, funky freestyle, competition jazz, tap, and ballet for ages 2 years to adult.

1. Tell us about you and your family.

My husband, Chris Rogers, was born and raised in South Orange Nj.  He actually used to walk home from Columbia high school with famous alumnist, Zach Braff. I am from Woodland Park NJ.  We met through mutual friends while I was on tour with the broadway musical, Cats.  We’ve been married for 7 years this September.  We are proud parents to our charismatic 4 year old, Peter.

2. Why did you decide to start a dance studio in South Orange?

Meeting my husband inspired me to stop touring and focus on my future.  Id been teaching dance and choreographing in between gigs since I was 16 years old.  So, when the Baird Center needed a teacher to take over their 3 ballet classes, I was very excited to get involved.  3 years later, I had built the Baird Dance program to 22 classes for age 2-adult, ranging from pre ballet to musical theater to ballroom dance.  I fell in love with South Orange’s diverse, art-loving community.  I decided to call the program Pamdance and open my own place in South Orange. 6 years later, I’ve made my home at Sopac.  Sopac has embraced Pamdance and is a true ambassador for the arts in South Orange.  Sopac is a huge part if what makes South Orange so special.  Pamdance is so proud to call Sopac our home!

3.  Tell us more about the kind of classes, age groups and experience level required for the classes.

I’m proud to say that Pamdance has become the studio I wish I went to when I was growing up.  We teach professional technique in a relaxed atmosphere.  Our dancers are winning platinum medals at competition but still manage to fit in sports and other activities.  And all while still having fun!
We offer both recreational and competitive classes in ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop, modern, voice and musical theater for age 3-17.  We still offer private ballroom lessons for adults as well! Competition students are required to audition once annually, take at least one ballet class per week, and commit to 2 regional dance competitions per year.  Recreational classes are required to wear appropriate shoes and have a blast!!!  That’s it.  No pressure.

4. What is the best part about running a dance studio and what is the worst?

The best part of owning Pamdance is the pride.  I have seen some of my students grow from age 3-12.  In that time, they have developed into strong technical dancers and vocalists with award winning stage presence!  When my students go to take workshops with masters in the dance field, they are praised for their technique!  So rewarding! The worst part?  Trying to juggle being a business woman and an artist.  I’ve always been much better at the latter!!!!

5.  Can you give Momagama readers a special discount?

Pamdance would love to give away 5 tickets to our June 15th 3pm show “Around the World with Pamdance” at the beautiful South Orange Performing Arts Center! Please email pam@pamdance.com, the first ones who emails back gets the tickets.

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