August Summer Camps

Wed., 7/29/2020 - 10:18 pm

Please visit our Summer Camps page for all the details on our August summer camps. There are separate programs for 3 - 5 year olds, 6 - 8 year olds and dancers ages 9 and up. These camps have been developed with your child's safety in mind and all campers will be subject to our safety guidelines.

Planning for the 2020 - 2021 Season Is Well Underway

Tue., 6/23/2020 - 3:18 pm

Here at EDA we are hard at work planning the 2020 - 2021 season. We are consulting the CDC guidelines and protocols and will be working within the guidelines set by the governor in order to re-open safely. You'll be hearing from us often in the coming weeks with information about summer classes, the 2020 - 2021 class schedule and other relevant news.

In the meantime, we will be holding auditions via Zoom for anyone wishing to join the competition company. Please email or call us at 973-808-1000 to set up a virtual audition.

Studio Update -- March 21, 2020

Sat., 3/21/2020 - 6:17 pm

To our EDA family

We hope this finds you and your families healthy and safe...The EDA staff and I are missing teaching your children.  We're sure they miss their classes and their teachers so we are trying to come up with some creative ways to interact with them.  

As you have probably surmised, Essex Dance Academy will have to remain closed until further notice.  The staff and I are busy uploading videos of the recital choreography to YouTube so your children can view them and practice along with the video.   Please search EDA Recital 2020 to find the list of videos we are posting.  If your video is not up yet, it will be within the next few days.

Next week, to finish out the month of March, the teachers will be putting prerecorded videos of classes on YouTube that your child will be able to view/"take" .  Since the class will be prerecorded, they can view it at their leisure while trying to balance home schooling.  You may also view other classes to see if you are interested in exploring another genre.  

My plan is to postpone our recital.   Of course I have no date planned, since we do not know the duration of this health crisis.  But as soon as we can return to the studio and have ample time to prepare, we will be putting on the recital that we have been preparing for all season.  At that time, I will contact our venue to request a date.  

For those of you on novice competition teams, I will let you know as soon as I get information on postponements, cancellations, and rescheduling.  We will at some point compete our dances that we've worked on this season.  

Most studios are finishing their season by offering online classes (either live or prerecorded).  They are charging regular tuition in order to pay their teachers for their time in putting the classes together.   Please use the sample classes next week to assess whether or not you would be interested in online classes for April and May and then let me know.  At that time, we'll be able to formulate a plan to provide classes to fulfill everyone's needs. We will also try to include some fun live interaction with them via zoom or another platform.  

Thank you for your patience while we try to get through this most difficult time.   

We sincerely hope for everyone's well-being....


Dad Dance 2020

Tue., 3/10/2020 - 5:57 pm

The Essex Dance Academy recital includes an opportunity for all students to have a chance to dance with their fathers, grandfathers, uncles or anyone else who is special in their lives. Dads should attend the weekly assigned rehearsals and will learn a routine taught by our choreographers from the studio. The dads will have three rehearsals on their own and then bring their dancers with them for the last three rehearsals to learn the part of the routine they do together.

The cost to participate is $35 for rehearsals. To enroll in the Dad Dance, please print out and complete the registration form (click on link below) and return to the office with your payment.

Rehearsals will take place at EDA on Sundays on the following dates: March 15, March 22, April 5, April 19, April 26 and May 3 at these times:

  • If your child is dancing in the Saturday 3:00 or the Sunday 10:30 show, please attend the 4:30 rehearsal
  • If your child is dancing in the Sunday 2:00 or the Sunday 5:30 show, please attend the 5:30 rehearsal
  • If your child is dancing in the Saturday 11:00 show, please attend the 6:30 rehearsal

In addition to these rehearsals, please attend the dress rehearsal at Passaic County Technical Institute on May 9, time TBD.

Reminder: Recital Costume Payments Due 11/16

Wed., 11/13/2019 - 1:58 pm

Costume payments must be made by Saturday, November 16. Costs are as follows:

  • Preschool -- $70
  • Kindergarten to 4th grade -- $80
  • 5th grade and up -- $90

Please note these prices include costume, tights and all accessories. Costume payments are non-refundable.

Dress Rehearsal / Picture Day and Recital Dates

Wed., 11/13/2019 - 1:53 pm

Please mark your calendars with these important dates:

  • Dress Rehearsal / Picture Day -- Saturday, May 9
  • Recital -- Saturday, May 16 and Sunday, May 17

2019 - 2020 Studio Closings

Wed., 11/13/2019 - 1:50 pm

EDA will be closed on the following days this year:

  • Columbus Day -- Monday, October 14
  • Halloween -- Thursday, October 31
  • Thanksgiving Recess -- Thursday, November 28 through Sunday December 1
  • Winter Recess -- Monday, December 23 through Wednesday, January 1
  • President's Day -- Monday, February 17
  • Spring Recess -- Friday, April 10 through Saturday, April 12
  • Memorial Day -- Monday, May 25

Please note our last day of classes will be Saturday, May 30

Now Offering Bollywood Classes

Wed., 8/14/2019 - 8:37 am

EDA is proud to offer two Bollywood classes this year. The classes are Saturday at 9:00 am - 10:00 am for dancers aged 5 through 10 years old and Saturday at 10:00 am - 11:00 am for dancers 11 through 15 years old. Please visit our Registration page to sign up.

Essex Dance Academy 2019 - 2020

Wed., 6/5/2019 - 6:09 pm

EDA is proud to offer three levels of training:

  1. Non-competitive/recreational
  2. Novice competitive -- limited commitment, 6 years old through teens
  3. Advanced competitive -- full commitment, by invitation only

Registration for the 2019 - 2020 season will open on June 6 at 6:00 pm.

If you are interested and need more information, contact us by phone 973-808-1000 or via email

EDA Student to Star on Broadway

Fri., 8/18/2017 - 8:59 am

 Join us in congratulating EDA student, Mattea Conforti, as she originates the role of Young Anna in Disney's stage adaptation of Frozen.  Broadway performances begin February 2018 at the St. James Theatre. We couldn't be more proud of her!