Premiere Dance Theatre

The Premiere Dance Theatre provides opportunity for growth physically, mentally, and emotionally. They believe in the true essence of dance excellence.

Premiere Dance Theatre teaches excellence.

Premiere Dance Theatre has a mission statement that provides the guidance of a guardian aiming to advocate dance. The Premiere Dance Theatre trains all ages of dancers at any level of experience to “provide the highest level of dance excellence in a nurturing and fun environment.”

Little ballet dancers
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Founders late James Wiggins Jr. and Shirlise L. McKinley-Wiggins recognized an enthusiasm for dance when they opened the Premiere Dance Theatre in 1992. The diverse world of dance could be harnessed in one theatre in an environment that was open to allow its dancers to explore their interests. The theatre not only thrives on the motions of dance, but taps into the educational, cultural and social engagement of each individual during their program.

The New Jersey State Council on the Arts spotted this difference in Premiere Dance Theatre, recognizing the commitment brought to the whole of the individual dancer, rather than their dancing capability and ability. For that, individuals are encouraged to participate in their dance programs by both the Council, as well as surrounding school districts.

Dance is a sport that tends to test an individual’s physical endurance. The environment at Premiere Dance Theatre mixes this physical component, but tests the dancers’ emotional endurance and activates the social element that the sport provides only if the structure is open to it.

Test your own emotional and physical stamina under the coaching of choreographer and instructor, McKinley-Wiggins. The newly appointed director of the Premiere Dance Theatre, has been providing dance education for over 17 years. Her love for the sport has danced its way through New Jersey and the Montclair community, such as in the Montclair YMCA, Newark Public Schools, Montclair Public Schools, the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, New Jersey Dance Academy, Centenary College and the College of St. Elizabeth. The director has choreographed with noted choreographers such as Fred Benjamin, Diane McIntyre and the late Talley Beatty. Her resume is filled with national and international tours, a featured artist at the American Dance Festival as well as other venues and a list of choreographed dances for well-known musical talents.

Check the schedule at for the time and level that best suits your dancing ability. Join an establishment that provides a community rather than the capability of learning a skill. The Premiere Dance Theatre is not just a place for children to begin a new talent, but for any age to learn under the instructing of a director that appreciates the art of dance and its ability to form relationships and a budding future.

You can contact the Premiere Dance Theatre at 973-592-9139, or stop in to visit at 180 Bloomfield Avenue.

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