We are very proud of our illustrious alumna at PAW. We are lucky to have them return year after year to teach, make work, share, and take class. We wish them luck wherever they are in their careers in and outside of dance. 

PAW students have continued on to the following summer, year-round trainee programs, and companies:

American Ballet Theater
Alexandra Beller Dances
Alonzo King’s LINES Ballet

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

Anaheim Ballet
Atlanta Ballet
Ballet Austin
Ballet San Jose
Ballet West
Bare Bones Dance Company
Blue13 Dance Company
Bolshoi Ballet
Boston Ballet

California Contemporary Ballet
Columbia College Chicago
David Dorfman Dance
Hart Pulse Dance Company

Gelsey Kirkland Academy

Our alums have also graduated from the following higher education organizations:

Boston College
Bryn Mawr
California State University, Fullerton
Columbia College Chicago
Loyola Marymount University

San Diego State University
San Francisco State
San Marcos State University
University of California, Los Angeles
University of California, San Diego
University of California, Santa Barbara
University of California, Santa Cruz
University of Utah
Mira Costa College


Jean Isaacs' San Diego Dance Theater
Jillana Ballet
Joffrey Ballet
Joffrey Jazz/Contemporary
Joffrey Studio Company
Kansas State Ballet
Kate Corby and Dancers
Keshet Chaim Dance Ensemble
Long Beach Ballet
Los Angeles Ballet
Malashock Dance
National Ballet of Canada
North Carolina School of the Arts
Pacific Northwest Ballet
San Diego City Ballet
San Francisco Ballet
School of American Ballet
Suzanne Farrell Ballet

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Special Programs

Performing Arts Workshop is a professional dance studio located in Encinitas and serving the greater San Diego, CA area since 1996. We specialize in Classical Ballet, Jazz, Hip Hop, and Modern while hosting a wide range of other classes and programs. PAW's greatest assets are our outstanding  highly trained, diverse faculty and our state-of-the-art sprung floor and marley made specifically for top performance in Classical Ballet.

CLASSICAL BALLET - MODERN - JAZZ - HIP HOP - Kids Classes - Parties - Jazzercise - Private Lessons

We pride ourselves at Performing Arts Workshop on creating a safe, inclusive, empowering environment for everyone from the dance appreciator to the professional dancer to learn the art of dance. P.A.W. enables each student to reach his or her full potential through hard work, encouragement, discipline, individual focus, dance education, correct technical training, creativity, and artistry. 

"My daughter loves her classes, teachers and dance friends!!! PAW creates a community for the kids that my daughter wants to be a part of. As parents we see dedication and hard work with great shows and some fun dance parties. Her ballet style shines through into her school work and family life."

"I have taken adult classes here 15+ years and my daughter has been here 8 years (since age 5).  I have been to many dance studios and believe that studio culture is as important as the skill of the teaching staff, and I give five stars to both."

"I am a former professional dancer and I can attest to the top notch training that takes place in this studio. The adult ballet classes focus on technique and alignment and the vibe is warm and relaxed."

FIRST FRIDAYS is an ongoing event on the first Friday of every month at Performing Arts Workshop celebrating artists in the North County and greater San Diego areas. Join us for local talented visual artists, dancers, and musicians. Adult beverages are available by donation. For this month's lineup and more up to date details about the event, visit our Facebook page by clicking HERE.

PAW hosts several different organizations within its walls. The Junior Ballet Ensemble, a not-for-profit organization, offers dance outreach to San Diego and North County since 1998. Dancers Level 3 and up are eligible to participate in this wonderful community building organization. 

​We are thrilled to host isadoraNOW, our Company In Residence at the studio. Artistic Director Elyssa Dru Rosenberg (on faculty) fuses contemporary dance with historical preservation. Through classes, workshops, lectures, and performance, isadoraNOW uses dance history to help people better understand, appreciate, and relate to the art of dance.

PAW also offers, MIRACLE MOVERS, a special needs dance class starting in April 2016. Classes are suitable for students with PDD’s (aspergers, autism, CDD), social anxieties and physical disabilities and include creative movement therapy and spatial awareness dancesset to a variety of music using props and games to increase the mind-body connection.


Encinitas, CA 92024