SMJ Performing Arts

Ballet  I  Jazz  I  Contemporary I  Hip Hop  I  Tap  I  Musical Theatre


SMJ Performing Arts is a studio dedicated to a quality dance and performance education. Classes are designed to offer different disciplines at a variety of levels to provide something for any interested students, including adults. It is our mission to provide a positive environment for all and push students to their highest of abilities.

Our toddler tots department is set up so that any little one can join a new class. All toddlers learn and grow in different environments. We offer classes to accommodate the busy child that loves to move and interact to music. But we also offer classes for the shy, little ballerina that wants to be a princess. All of these groups will perform at recital.

We have a beginning entry level dance program. Dancers with 0-2 years experience should register in these classes. They offer an excellent introduction to the discipline but also push the dancers. All of these groups will perform at recital.

Our intermediate classes are for the more seasoned dancer with a lot of drive for dance! This is where they start to be pushed harder and considered for competitions. Dancers in these classes will have fun learning more difficult techniques in dance and start to become solid dancers. It is expected the dancer is able to follow proper dance etiquette and discipline in class. These dancers will also be invited to compete and perform in recital.

Advanced classes are for dancers that have a good understanding of terminology and technique in multiple disciplines. These classes are designed to prepare the dancers for more in their own venture. They will be taught at a faster pace and be expected to keep up with class. These dancers will also be invited to compete and perform in the recital.

We offer many dance disciplines at SMJ Performing Arts. The most well rounded dancer is of course one that studies multiple disciplines. We have a toddler program offering 3 types of classes, ballet, tap, jazz, hip-hop, lyrical and musical theatre. In addition piano and guitar instructors are available to schedule private classes. 

All dancers are highly encouraged to take ballet with any other class as it’s the most necessary piece of a dancer’s education. Dancers develop into well trained performers. Ballet gives them the tools needed to excel.

Sarah Jakubowski - Owner & Instructor

Sarah has a passion for the performing arts. She grew up dancing in Tigard, Oregon, at Westside Dance Academy and went on to graduate with a degree in Public Relations at Portland State University.

During her college years she was a Jefferson Dancer, began coaching Dance Team, and traveled through NYC and LA several times to take master classes and learn from the best.

Since 1997, she has been teaching in local studios, performed with the Olympic Dance Team in 1996, and coached and choreographed for the Tigard and Tualatin High School Dance Teams. She was also honored with Coach of the Year for the Dance Drill Coaches Association of Oregon.

Sarah has coordinated multiple trips for school kids to New York City and Disney World in Orlando Florida. The students have performed, competed and taken a behind the scenes look at what it takes to be a performer.

Sarah is a pianist and trained for 11 years and she can also sing. Sarah was active in high school concert choir, sang and played at church and has performed in several concerts.

Sarah now resides in Sherwood, Oregon with her 3 beautiful daughters who attend Archer Glen Elementary.

Her dream is to bring dance and performing arts education to members of her own community.