Performing Arts

At Purnell, every girl finds her own way to shine in the spotlight.

Whether onstage as a dancer, behind a set of drums making music or running lights for a show, you’ll gain confidence—and have fun—as you discover your personal voice, take artistic risks, and embrace performance opportunities.



Courses in music, dance and theatre are tailored for an array of learning styles. We focus on technical skills, creative collaboration, and prepare you to perform for an audience.

For girls who want to study performing arts beyond the classroom, we offer a variety of extra-curricular activities.

Performing Arts Appreciation
At Purnell we understand that the artistic experience also includes viewing a variety of artistic works. Students are given opportunities through class, activities, and weekend offerings to view live performances. Previous trips include American Ballet Theatre, Broadway’s Matilda, RVCC arts Ten Hairy Legs, McCarter Theatre’s Fences, and The New Jersey Symphony.


Artist in Residence Weekend