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222 High Street / PO BOX 939, Silverton, OR 97381 / 503-873-0464 

 aaperformingartsco@gmail.com / director's email martadancn@msn.com


Fall Term ends December 18th. 

Register online for Winter/Spring term TODAY!

Open House & Registration Night, Friday, Dec. 5th 5-8 pm

The American Academy of Performing Arts Co. is Developing Artistic Diversity by training professionals in Dance, Theatre and Music. The instructors at The Academy are professionals in their field; they have degrees, acreditations, professional performance experience and expertise knowledge.

Donate any amount to our school to support our fundraising efforts. Businesses and individuals will be recognized in our programs. Every dollar goes towards our student scholarship program. Thank you for your help and support!

Please make note in the memo of your payment if you'd like your donation to go to a "general scholarship", "Memorial Scholarship", or "general fund". Thank you!


Click to watch a video on dance at AAPAC!

Our 6,000 SF building has top notch studio space; 3 class rooms, a lobby with comfortable seating and free WiFi, a dance boutique complete with all your needs, 3 restrooms with showers, and 2 extra dressing rooms. 2 rooms are dance studios; one has a sprung oak hardwood floor and the other a Harlequin brand Marley dance floor. Only the best!


Our Mission

Our goal is to celebrate diversity and individuality through the performance arts. We are dedicated to spreading the love and appreciation of all art forms  through offering the highest quality classes, individualized and professional instruction, and a safe, nurturing, creative and FUN environment. Our Academy is INCLUSIVE, not exclusive; all are welcome here regardless of age, ability, race, religion, culture or lifestyle. We offer affordable classes with scholarships available to those in financial need. Community involvement and mentoring is encouraged. We are growing the best future citizens through teaching integrity, accountability, respect, diligence, work ethic, creative problem solving and team work.

Dance Department

Our Dance Department trains dancers in classical ballet, jazz, hip-hop, tap, modern, contemporary, Broadway musical theatre, hip-hop, and belly dancing. For details on their training and experience please visit our Staff page.  

Christine Carlisle teaches classical ballet. She is a retired ballerina who danced with Boston Ballet Co, New York Dance Theatre, Eugene Ballet Co and many others. She is also the former Artistic Director of Ballet Idaho and Ballet Idaho Academy. Miss Christine has had numerous students go on to professional dance careers and to be accepted into prestigeous schools and colleges such as Julliard. She was trained by Barbara Remington (a former ballerina of the Royal Ballet, Joffrey Ballet and American Ballet Theatre), David Howard and many other famous ballet dancers and educators of our time. In addition to being trained in the Royal Academy of Dance, she is also extensively trained in the Vaganova and Ballanchine styles and methods of dance.   

Marta Hazekamp, the Executive & Artistic Director of the Academy, teaches classical ballet, modern, contemporary, voice and theatre. She is also a retired dancer who danced professionally as a Principal dancer with The Really Big Dance Co. in Portland, apprenticed Eugene Ballet Co, Princeton Ballet in New Jersey and others. She taught modern jazz in NYC as well. Marta is an extensively trained "triple threat"; in addition to her dance experience, she is an actress and singer who has also performed on Broadway in NYC.

Elizabeth Jansen-Byrkit teaches jazz, hip-hop, classical ballet, and creative movement. She is a graduate of University of Oregon with a minor degree in Dance. She has danced with Oregon Festival Ballet and several other dance projects with renown dancers and choreographers.

Both Christine and Marta are full members of the internationally recognized syllabus the Royal Academy of Dance and members of The American Academy of Ballet, offering its students the Performance Awards Program. 

Ballet students of the Academy receive the best classical ballet instruction at the best prices locally. As they progress in their dance careers they can proudly say that they were trained in the RAD and the AAB, which are recognized and revered in the dance world. 

The Academy also offers excellent training in classic jazz, tap (Broadway and Rhythm styles), Modern (Graham and Horton), Contemporary, Broadway style American Theatre Dance, Belly Dancing (tribal and caberet), ballroom and social dances (waltz, cha cha, rumba, tango, west and east coast swing, fox trot, and night club two step). Studying these styles of dance will truly diversify you as a dancer and performer, making you an invaluable asset to any dance company or troupe!

Theatre Department

Our Theatre Department trains its students in acting, accents & dialects, stage tech, stage make-up, costuming, script writing, theatre production and more.

Students of the Academy have had much success as professionals and as performers in the community. Alumni have had lead roles in high school and community theatre productions at Imago Theatre, Pentacle Theatre, Portland Opera, Broadway Rose Theatre, Portland Center of Performing Arts and accepted into prestigious Colleges as Theatre Majors.  Students have been in TV commercials, paid actors, National Speech Team winners, Oregon Shakespearian Festival workshop awardees and professional theatre actors (i.e. Imago Theatre).

Music Department

The Academy provides Vocal Performance, Choir and Piano lessons.

Musical Theatre is a big part of the Academy, bridging dance and drama together as one entity. Our spring musicals have become well known in the area for the musical talent. Students of ours in lead roles are often times mistaken for hired professionals and this is in part due to their excellent vocal training received at the Academy.


Our History & Future

The Academy was formed 1996 by Marta Hazekamp as business entity to unmbrella a wide range of talents; freelance performing, choreography and teaching. By 2000 Marta had spent the former 5 years freelancing in Portland and throughout Oregon, Washington, New Jersey, and New York City. Not long after returning from NYC,  "AAPAC" set roots in Silverton, Marta's home town.

Since then the school has grown considerably every year, moved 3 times in 9 years, and has had an average of 200 students a term, ten instructors, inhabits a 6,000 SF building with 3 classrooms and many other ammenities, and offers over 30 classes a week to all ages.

Its alumni students have had a great deal of success and professional experience (see our Staff & Alumni page). Our instructors have trained students that are currently working as professional dancers, singers, actors and other performance related professions such as film and stage management. Former students of The Academy have also attended Julliard and other highly credible colleges and universities that specialize in the performing arts.

The school has grown regardless of economic turbulence. In fact, the school has filled a niche in the community due to challenges of the economy. With public school budget cuts in music, art, theatre and PE, the Academy funds student scholarships and specialized programs and performances to students in our community.

Performing Arts training teaches people how to learn, how to use all areas of their brain, to be creative problem solvers and self discipline. Training the whole performer (body, mind and spirit) is our goal today and in the future. The most valuable performers are proficient in all three areas of the performing arts, as well as having knowledge and skills in fine arts, stage technical skills, costuming, make-up and directing. Though not all students may choose to go on to professional careers in the performing arts, they will be prepared with the knowledge, tools and skills that they learn here that will allow them to be successful in any career.


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