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Acro dance is a style of dance that combines classical dance technique with precision acrobatic elements. It is defined by its athletic character, its unique choreography, which seamlessly blends dance and acrobatics, and its use of acrobatics in a dance context. It is a popular dance style in amateur competitive dance as well as in professional dance theater, such as Cirque du Soleil. Acro dance is referred to simply as acro by dancers and dance professionals. Acro is an especially challenging dance style for dancers as it requires them to be trained in both dance and acrobatic skills.


We now offer many adult classes. Click the link to find our available classes.


All of our ballet classes stress correct placement (body alignment), and correct classical ballet technique. Class level is determined by the instructor, and is based on an individual assessment when the student takes a trial class. All students receive corrections during class to help them advance. Students advance to the next level based on the recommendation of the instructor.

Break Dance

Breakdancing, breaking, b-boying, or b-girling  is a popular style of street dance that was born and developed as part of hip-hop culture among African Americans and Latino youths in Bronx, New York in the 1970’s.  As a hip-hop dance, it is  usually danced to hip hop music, and incorporates intricate body movements, strong acrobatic moves, coordination, style, spontaneity, and fashion. The dancers often participate in battles, formal or informal dance competitions between two or more individuals or dancing crews.

Creative Movement

This program is designed just for our young beginners to develop their gross motor skills, movement, creativity, physical development, and body and social awareness. The class features basic steps to help develop coordination as well as prepare the students for an active class setting and understand and follow a ballet style class.


A high-energy class that uses the latest sounds in rap, R&B and pop music together with movements influenced by some of today’s hottest video choreographers.  Hip hop encompasses movement that has elements of poppin’, locking, and breaking as well as freestyle movement to give students the opportunity to develop their own sense of style.  Hip hop is urban, it’s street, it’s diverse and forever changing.

Hip Hop Tots

Another of our beginner programs designed just for our young beginners to develop their gross motor skills, movement, creativity, physical development, and body and social awareness. The class features basic steps to help develop coordination as well as prepare the students for an active class setting and understand and follow a hip hop style class.


Description of Irish Class coming soon.


An exciting and ever evolving dance form full of rhythm, syncopation, passion and life.  Steeped in the rhythm of jazz music, a true American art form, jazz dance brings energy and life to all those who dance it.   Classes explore body isolations of the head, shoulders, ribcage, feet and arms and encourage individual expression and the development of personal style. Jazz can be powerful and percussive or expressive and lyrical.  Ever evolving, jazz dance is taught with the music of today together with the classical jazz of yesterday.  Classes teach basic jazz dance technique, terminology and movement quality with an emphasis on proper execution of jazz isolations, rhythms and style performed to contemporary music.


Description of Lyrical class coming soon.

Musical Theater

My Theatre is our musical theatre program that focuses on teaching the children music, choreography, and performance technique from Broadway style shows. The class will include warm up exercises that will encourage many different feelings and attitudes through show tunes. This will help them see the importance of being able to sing, act, and dance while performing a musical number.

Pointe/Pre Pointe

Pointe description coming soon.

Tiny Tappers

This is our beginning tap class for the little ones. During this early stage, the development of strength, flexibility and coordination is focused upon. The development of rhythm, coordination, and timing are also key components that are experienced. Dance terminology is presented while dance steps are combined to music.


Classes emphasize the development and strengthening of basic tap technique and terminology highlighting the importance of rhythm and sound.  Tap focuses on rhythms and intricate footwork, creating a percussion instrument out of the dancer’s feet. Just like jazz vocalists who add rhythms to music by scatting, tappers add their voice by “scatting” with their feet. Rhythm tap tends to be a heavier or harder-hitting form of tap than Broadway tap, and sounds are made not only with the bottom of the shoe, but also with the back, sides, and tip. Rhythm tap is a broad category that encompasses the hoofing styles of current stars such as Savion Glover and the late Gregory Hines and past masters such as Bill “Bojangles” Robinson and Jimmy Slyde.


The beginning level of acro for your little ones. We focus on basic technique and movements that build flexability, agility and strength allowing students the ability to prepare for all styles of dance as they grow.


Description of Voice coming soon.


Class Placement

VERY IMPORTANT! Students are placed in a class based on level, not just age. Below are general guidelines.

Age 2-3

Mommy & Me

This is 45 minute class that teaches students the basics of dance and class conduct in a fun atmosphere while allowing parents (moms and dads) fun and quality time with their little ones.

Ages 3- 5

Creative Movement, Tiny Tappers, Hip Hop Tots, & Tumble

These are all 30 minute classes to introduce students to the basics of each style and help them adjust to an active class setting.

Ages 6-8 & 9-10

One hour classes of BALLET,TAP, JAZZ, ACRO, IRISH and HIP HOP is offered. Students spend one hour on each discipline learning technique and performance skills in a fun and nurturing atmosphere.

Ages 10-12

One hour classes of BALLET,TAP, JAZZ, ACRO, IRISH and HIP HOP is offered. Students spend one hour on each discipline, learning the fundamentals of technique, style, and performance. More advanced students may be place in our TECH level classes. This placement is by teacher recommendation only.


Teens can enjoy one hour classes in all disciplines we offer. Teen students focus on technique, style and performance. Advanced Teens can be placed in our TECH level classes. This placement is by teacher recommendation only.


Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced Professional levels are offered in all disciplines we offer.

Pamela Schumacher

Miss Pamela has been teaching dance for the past 20 years, teaching all forms of dance and ages. She graduated with a B.A. degree in dance from The University of Akron, in Ohio, with an emphasis on teaching. She performed as a dancer in Ohio at Six Flags, Carousel Dinner Theatre, University of Akron Dance Team (Dancer and later Coach), and professional cheerleader for the “Cleveland Thunderbolts”. Pamela Ann owned a dance studio in Ohio for 5 years where her students won many local and national competitions with top awards. Her students have went on to be professional dancers, teachers, and studio owners, and have performed with such artisits as “Shakira”. She has also been a competition judge for various dance competitions. She has choreographed for competitions, musicals, universities, dance teams, and a NFL national commercial. She has performed in many shows on The Las Vegas Strip including Jubilee, Folies Bergere, and Show in the Sky just to name a few! She is married to Matt Schumacher and has 3 little boys Cayden, Kyler, Jameson.

Shannon Xhola Dance Instructor
Shannon Xhola
Dance Instructor

Shannon Xhola began her gymnastic training at a young age, becoming a competitive gymnast at age nine. In conjunction with gymnastics, she also trained in the circus arts at Circus Juventus. In her professional career, she has performed all over the world with her aerial work, including working with the Zip Zap Circus in South Africa and Cirque Phenix in France. Shannon brings an extensive background in tumbling and acrobatics along with over 10 years experience in coaching. Shannon’s teaching emphasis is on strength and flexibility training while pushing her students to learn new skills.

Priya Patel
Dance Instructor
Patsy Rodriguez
Dance Insturctor

Patsy began studying dance at the age of six. Her formal ballet studies began at the age ten at the Polish Ballet Academy with a complex curriculum including nine years of training focusing on the Agrippina Vaganova Ballet Method as well as International Folkloric and European Historical Styles. She graduated at the top of her class. Patrsy’s first professional appearances began at age twelve onstage with the prestigious Grand Theater Opera of Poznan (with whom she would continue working throughout her career) as well as other notable Polish dance groups. She was recruited by the Polish Dance Theater, one of the most prestigious dance companies in Poland, focusing on ballet and modern dance. After years of touring throughout Europe, her professional career led her to move to Spain where she performed on the stages of La Scala Madrid, the Palladium Casino Mallorca and Son Amar as well as other dance productions. Moving to the United States, Patsy joined Jubilee and shortly thereafter became a Captain and then a Principal Dancer. Throughout her career, Patsy has enjoyed sharing her knowledge and passion for dance by teaching students wherever her work took her.

Tony Kalama
Tony Kalama
Karate Instructor

SENSI, Anthony “ KOA” Kalama 5th degree Black Belt Founder of the HI. CHI. TAI. Kenpo Mix Martial Arts System. I am the Proud Father of 7 Children. I’ve been a student of the martial arts for over 30 years. My Styles include: “Lua” Hawaiian Martial Arts. My family was one of the key practitioners of this art and has been in practice for over 1500 years. The knowledge has been passed down through time with little change: Hawaii, 33 Years of devotion. CHI HA Karate, by Grand Master Harry Kahalii: Nevada, achieved 5th Degree. Master Toddy’s Muay Thai kickboxing: Nevada, achieved 5 years. American Kenpo Ed Parker system: California, achieved 2nd degree. David Masters Jujitsu: Nevada, achieved Brown Belt. 10 years ARMY Ranger “Retired” Self defiance and close quarter combat instructor for Law enforcement and Security programs. EX- under card Pride fighter with professional record of: 12Win-1Loss-2Draws. In keeping with traditions I am proud to teach: honor, courage, self respect, discipline, pride and self accomplishment. All of these are key factors in everyday life. With a strong spirit a strong body and mind will emerge.

Heidi Huckelberry
Dance & Pilates Instructor
Heidi Huckelberry
Dance Instructor

Heidi has been professionally dancing for the past 14 years. Starting at the age of 6, she trained in ballet, jazz, tap and modern. She graduated from the University of Arizona with a BA in Japanese and minor in Dance and Art. She moved to Las Vegas in 2004 after living and dancing in Los Angeles and Guam. She has danced in Jubilee and Folies Bergere, and most recently with Charo. Heidi is a certified BASI Pilates Instructor. She has also taught Pilates to Cirque Du Soleil performers in Love and Elvis.

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Jen de Wit
Dance Instructor

Jennifer de Wit began teaching dance at the age of 16 in her hometown of Scotts Valley, California. After college she went on to pursue her dance career. She had the honor of teaching tap at The Edge Performing Arts Studio in LA. She appeared in several musicals including, Will Roger’s Follies, Children of Eden and Scrooge. Dancing took her all over the world, performing in Japan, Thailand, and throughout Europe. During her time in Europe she was a dancer with Frans Bauer and danced the The Efteling (Netherlands Disney Land). She then moved to Las Vegas, where she performed in review shows: Enter the Night, the Tropicana’s Follies Bergere and Donn Arden’s Jubilee. She is excited to be teaching and sharing her love for dance here at PASD.