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About Mainstage

Mainstage Center For the Arts is dedicated to providing South Jersey youth with arts experiences that lead to: positive interactions with others, a greater sense of self-worth and self-esteem, community involvement, exposure to professional arts & entertainment not readily accessible, recognition of personal strengths & talents and career opportunities in the arts, and a deep and abiding appreciation for the performing arts. “Here at Mainstage we Celebrate the Arts!

Mainstage Center for the Arts, began in 1989 when President, Edward P. Fiscella, Jr. , a teacher at the Glen Landing Middle School in Gloucester Township, answered the plea of his students to create a theater program that would encompass their long summer vacation. With the help of Vice President, Joseph Bretschneider, also an educator, the Gloucester Township Board of Education, and the Department of Recreation, Summer Stage was born!

Summer Stage became so successful that it spawned demands for year-round arts programming for youth and families. Mainstage was incorporated in 1994 as the Gloucester Township Center for the Arts, a 501 (c) (3) private non-profit. In 1997, they began to recognize that their organization had a large regional impact, and that their audiences and participants were coming to visit from all over the South Jersey area – not just Gloucester Township – and so they renamed themselves “Mainstage Center for the Arts”. They then rented a Studio at 100 South Black Horse Pike in Blackwood, NJ and began to offer dance, voice, and acting classes. They have never owned a theater, and have hence formed mutually beneficial partnerships with the Gloucester Township School System, Camden County College, the Washington Township School System, and others, in order to have access to performance venues.

Mainstage’s programs now reach an annual audience of over 50,000 and serve over 1,000 children directly through classes and workshops. An ever larger base of young people is reached through in-school assemblies and educational outreach, sometimes averaging 2,000 children a program.

Mainstage is very proud to be recognized by the community as “one of the best performing arts centers in South Jersey”, winning that honor five years in a row from the readers of the Courier Post Newspaper. They were also a finalist in 1998 in the Philadelphia Arts & Business Partnership Awards for their partnership with the firm of McGettigan Partners – the only South Jersey organization to be nominated.

Mainstage is funded through public and private grants, corporate sponsorship, private memberships and individual contributions. They receive financial support for many of their programs through funding from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts.

They’re very busy at Mainstage enriching our community and celebrating the arts…Come and join them!

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Dance Class NJ

Founded in 1993, Dance Class has pioneered many new and fun training methods to ensure our students are safe, healthy, and successful. We focus on proper training, healthy behaviors, and of course HAVING FUN! We constantly are adapting and changing to suit the needs and demands of this amazing industry. Our instructors include a team of men and women strongly routed in the professional dance community. Students will learn from the best to be the best at our school!

To learn more about our school, our philosophy, our students, and our staff, Call us at 856-435-3110 or email us at
We look forward to meeting you and your family!

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