KC – Mission & History

~ Our Mission ~

Our mission is to provide a positive, healthy, creative and well-balanced performing arts program in various dance styles, early childhood development, theatre arts and music. Our faculty and staff are nurturing, supportive, and caring people who want to help both educate and elevate our students; while helping them grow as individuals in the process.


~ Our History ~

The King Centre for the Performing Arts is in its 51st year of business and was founded in 1970 by Nancy King in Ringwood, NJ. Through the years, it has grown to be one of the most highly acclaimed performing arts schools in Northern New Jersey for students to learn the performing arts. The King Centre offers a variety of dance classes, musical theatre, acting, voice and stage combat in three locations; Wanaque, Mahwah and Butler. This past year we have proudly celebrated our 50th year of Business!

In September of 1970, Nancy King founded the King Centre for the Performing Arts. During her first few years, the studio grew rapidly and in 1971 Nancy and her husband Brendan King purchased a warehouse in Wanaque, NJ. This warehouse later became the home to Nancy, Skip and their four children Natalie, Brendan, Michael and Chris. The warehouse also became the home to thousands of students training in all styles of dance.

Many King Centre students have enjoyed professional careers in television, on Broadway, in various ballet companies, NYC Rockettes and film. Click HERE to see what some of our alumni are up to.

As the years went on the studio continued to grow, and in 2005, Nancy extended the King Centre tradition to Bergen County and opened the Wyckoff studio. Within a few years the studio had grown again and was relocated to a  4,500 square foot warehouse in Mahwah, NJ.  In 2015, the studio expanded yet again as the Butler Studio was opened. As today, we are proudly servicing the following counties in New Jersey – Passaic, Bergen, and Morris Counties.

The King Centre is locally grown but nationally known as many of our students have achieved National awards in top of the line dance competitions across the nation. Click HERE to view our most recent accomplishments.

The King Centre is also affiliated with the following groups and organizations:

  1. New Jersey Foundation for Dance and Theatre Arts (NJF)
  2. King Centre Kidz 
  3. American Youth Dance Company