Ideas In Motion


Apply to Ideas In Motion!

Inspiration – Choreography – Dancers – Lighting – Staging – Performance

Ideas In Motion is the student choreography showcase at PACC. 

Ideas In Motion gives young dancers a chance to immerse themselves in a full, creative process.

Ideas In Motion is truly a rare and rich learning experience at an unusually early age.

Ideas In Motion is about the creation of a performed dance piece.

Ideas In Motion aligns fully with the PACC philosophy of encouraging students to

“work hard and become the best they can be.”

Step 1: Apply! To apply complete the application linked below. Share your brilliant ideas! The application starts this process. Use it to conceptualize the mood, the movement quality, the music of the piece. Find your dancers & use your imagination!! Envision!!

Step 2: Meet with Caroline! Caroline Fermin is the director of the Ideas In Motion showcase. After a few consults with Caroline, students are ready to begin bringing their idea to life. Though independent work is encouraged, students continue infrequent & as needed check-ins with Caroline until the ultimate performance.

Step 3: Schedule Rehearsals & Create Staging! Book studio space at no cost for dance rehearsals! PACC has abundant resources fully available to fuel this process of creativity. PACC will help edit music. PACC makes the costume shop available: the choreographers get the opportunity to think about what costumes look like, what they feel like, how they move, how this impacts their particular piece. PACC helps with lighting cues: students are picking their colors, their silhouettes, front lights and side lights.

Step 4: Performance! Ideas In Motion in the PACC Black Box Theater with a full audience is both an exhilaration and a challenge. There are the emotions and motions of a real choreographer. They have handled a “piece”: rehearsals, time, production.They have faced real-life challenges, part of maturing as a dancer! The crowd arrives and it’s an empowering, fun show; the reward is in the performance itself. A final “selected piece” will be further showcased.

At PACC, we believe some things you learn best by doing, and this is an opportunity to do just that…What an amazing opportunity for dancers to reach their limitless potential.

We hope you will join us!

Apply here:



Pointe Readiness


PACC Ballet Conservatory

Dear Dancers and Parents,

Pointe is a rewarding and beautiful expression of ballet that also demands discipline and dedication.  For any dancer who is interested in exploring it, either now or in the future, here is a brief overview of PACC’s pointe program and teaching philosophy.

Below you will find a wealth of knowledge pertaining to our pointe program.  If you are interested in pointe, we encourage you to take a free trial of Jonathan’s pre-pointe class Thursday 4-5:00 PM. 

Every year in the spring, we offer pointe evaluations and encourage all interested ballet students to attend.

Readiness for pointe is assessed based on two major factors:  technical ability and physical maturity.  A dancer must have reached a certain level of technique – in general, around a Ballet 3 – and be comfortable with the syllabus both intellectually (ie, understand what a term means) and physically (ie, have integrated that movement or position into muscle memory).  In addition, a dancer must possess the physical strength necessary to go on pointe without compromising either their technique or their safety.

Some elements that are considered during a pointe evaluation are:

  • Core strength
  • Sense of balance
  • Alignment and head-tail connection
  • Ability to maintain proper posture and turnout while working both at the barre and in the center
  • Strength of the feet and ankles
  • Ability to roll up from flat through releve and onto demi pointe while keeping the arches of the feet strong and lifted, and keeping weight centered on the ball of the foot

A dancer who is ready to begin pointe generally begins with a year or two of Pre-Pointe, which is a class taken in flats (regular ballet shoes) that focuses on increasing the strength and technique needed for pointe.   All students enrolled in Pre-Pointe will be assessed at the end of the dance year and given their recommendations for next year.  Students who continue to take ballet classes over the summer can request a re-evaluation in September.

A dancer who is recommended to move to Beginner Pointe is referred to a reputable dance store where they can be fitted for pointe shoes by a professional.

Sometimes, a dancer may have reached a point where their technique is at the appropriate level for pointe but their strength is not, or vice versa.  This is very common.  It is also very important to remember that growth spurts can temporarily affect a dancer’s core strength, sense of balance, and body awareness, which may, in turn affect their readiness for pointe.

This is absolutely not a reflection on their work ethic or ability, nor is it a predictor of future progress or an indication that they will never dance en pointe.  It simply means that pointe is not the best option for them at this time in their dance career.

We encourage students to keep working, learning, growing, and having fun, regardless of whether they go en pointe or not, whether they fall in love or decide it’s not for them.  There are many, many forms of dance – all equally challenging, rewarding, and expressive – and pointe is only one of them.

Teachers are always available to give advice and offer exercises to help build strength at home or to refine technique.

If you are interested in beginning pointe, please speak to your ballet instructor or ask at the front desk.  Depending on your teacher’s recommendation, you would be welcome to attend Pre-Pointe as a free trial class and evaluation.

For anyone who is looking to improve strength, turnout, flexibility, posture, and alignment – whether you are already en pointe, considering auditioning this year, or just looking to complement your progress in ballet class – we strongly recommend the Thursday Ballet Conditioning & Stretch class from 8:00-9:00 pm, taught by Jonathan Mendez.  Again, all students interested are welcome to attend class as a free trial before deciding to officially enroll.

Our goal is a happy, healthy, well-rounded dancer who is challenged to grow and explore his or her own expression of dance while still being supported and nurtured in a safe environment.  We take ballet and pointe very seriously and put our dancers’ well-being first above all else.

As always, our door is open and we welcome questions, concerns, and insights.  We are here to help you help your dancer have a full and rewarding dance career, whether for a year or for a lifetime!

Thank you from everyone at PACC!


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18 Lindeman Drive, Trumbull, CT 06611

203-372-ARTS   Fax: 203-372-2788



A Winter Ballet! Auditions Sunday, September 25th!


A Winter Ballet

Join us at PACC on Sunday, September 25th for A WINTER BALLET AUDITIONS!

This annual performance includes Tchaikovsky’s “Nutcracker” and original choreography to seasonal holiday favorites! Performance fee $300 per dancer.

Please arrive up to 30 minutes early to complete an application, get measured for costumes, and receive an audition number. Bring pointe shoes if appropriate.

Audition fee is $10.


Ages 7-10: 12-1 pm

Ages 11-13: 1-2 pm

Ages 14+: 2-3 pm

Performances Saturday, December 3rd @ 1pm and 7pm at Trumbull High School!

Email us at or call us at 203-372-2787 with any questions!

Fall 2016 Letter from The Director


Dear Performers & Families:

It seems summer has flown by, and we are already beginning a new year at PACC! For some, this is a continuation of a long career here, while for others it is just the beginning.  For those of us who are returning for our second year, we are no longer the new kids but veterans of a truly artistic endeavor that began the moment we walked through PACC’s doors.

At PACC, we welcome all performers, new and seasoned. We help each other grow and welcome all into our circle of friends as artistic colleagues.  We celebrate each other’s successes and build each other up after challenging moments.  What we do here brings us together, making everyone feel like they have the support they need to take on the world — whether during performance on a stage, or throughout day-to-day life.

PACC relies on your great experience to help promote our programs. Please tell friends, bring new faces through our doors for FREE Trial Classes, and help us bring great art to our community! We are here because of your support. It means so much to us when we hear from new PACC students and families that their friends, a PACC family, made our introduction.  We are proud to have the opportunity to show your friends just what makes us so special!

PACC is what we all make of it.  How we approach each class, from the moment we arrive through PACC’s doors, to our entry into a class, to the conclusion of a night, a week, or a year of hard work is up to us.  If we all strive together to provide a welcoming, exciting, and excellent experience, we will succeed together.  We have the opportunity to immerse ourselves in a community of truly dedicated artists and performers, an opportunity that just may become part of the most influential and exciting times of our lives.  

Remember to take time to enjoy every day, and to bring the best of yourselves through our doors, Remember to trust your instructors! Everyone at PACC is unique, and interesting, and together we will explore and perform a spectrum of emotion like no other.  PACC is here to help you find the peak of your own performance abilities, and to help you reach your goals, whether you are to become a professional performer or to live art filled lives.

Life is a stage, so lets make a performance worthy of a standing ovation and have some fun, too! 



Thank you!

Alex Vishno

Executive Director

Injury Prevention @ PACC

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Dance is not only an art form, but also an extremely athletic endeavor. Dancers push their bodies to be more graceful and powerful at the same time. Their movements are specialized and their bones are protected by finely tuned ligaments and muscles which are strengthened daily through technique classes.  At PACC we recognize how important not only training is to a dancers success, but also developing knowledge about their own anatomy and how it relates to dance.

Last week PACC’s corps ballet dancers had a terrific visit with Samara DiMattia, founder of Connecticut Dance Physical Therapy. Samara taught everyone about their bodies, how specifically they relate to dance, the typical areas to watch for injuries, and how to work on those areas to prevent injury.  The students had such a fun time not only learning but evaluating each other through a specialized evaluation sheet designed for dancers.  They smiled and laughed as they tested each others flexibility, turn-out and strength.  They took yet another step together in their journey as dancers, as a family, as a brother/sisterhood, by embracing knowledge and expanding their understanding of dance and health together.

Thank you Samara for joining us!  Hope to have you join us once again soon,

-The PACC Team