At Dutchess County Performing Arts Center, it is 

our goal to provide you with the most comprehensive performing arts program possible



The following classes are offered in all 

experience levels:




































“When you learn, teach.  When you get, give”.

-Maya Angelou


Stacy Lynch Schroeder has been a studio director/manager in the Dutchess County area for the past fifteen years and a dance teacher for over 25 years.  She is a graduate of Vassar College where she received her degree in Drama with a concentration in Dance and Elementary Education. 


Stacy has been fortunate to work in many areas of the performing arts throughout her career.  She was a member of the Vassar Repertory Dance Theatre, held various professional modeling jobs including print work and runway, won several roles in film and has performed on such stages as the Bardavon Theatre, Eisenhower Hall, the Dutchess County Fair Grandstand and represented New York State at the World’s Fair Stage in Seville, Spain.  


As a choreographer she has been the Artistic Director of the Mid-Hudson Ballet Company, the Children’s Coordinator for the Moscow Ballet’s “Great Russian Nutcracker”, as well as choreographer for shows at Disney, Royal Caribbean, Carnival Cruise Lines, County Players and the West Point Military Band.  She is currently the choreographer for Ketcham High School's Masque & Mime Society.  She has received numerous awards for choreography at dance competitions throughout the East Coast, including the Nexstar Talent Competition’s Entertainment Award as well as their Choreography Award.  Her choreography has yielded top honors and scores at various competitions including Starbound, DanceXplosion and Nexstar as well as Jump, Nuvo, 24Seven and The Pulse.


It is Stacy’s mission to make Dutchess County Performing Arts Center a home for students who have a passion for the performing arts, whether they dream of becoming professional actors and dancers or just enjoy weekly recreational classes.  It is her hope that studying the arts will foster a sense of self-confidence and discipline that will enable students to apply to their everyday life. Stacy believes in training dancers to become artists, not to just perfect "tricks" for competition.  At DCPAC we try to foster a student's passion for dance and help them to develop their artistry in class and on the stage.  We focus on the art form, not on trophies.


Former students have gone on to the following professional ventures...

“So You Think You Can Dance" Season 14, "America’s Got Talent”, “X-Factor”, Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, Disney World, Alvin Ailey, The Apollo Theatre, Opening acts for Ne-Yo and Jadakiss, Back up dancers for Janet Jackson, Nikki Minaj, Daddy Yankee, Lady Gaga After Concert Party, KFest, Knick’s City Kids, WNBA’S Lil Torches, The New York Titans Dance Team , The Philadelphia Eagles Cheerleaders, Headless Horseman, Skull Island Scream Park and Splash Down Beach to name a few.


Former students have been accepted to the following prestigous dance programs and companies...


Ailey/Professional Performing Arts School, Boston Ballet, “The Pulse” Elite Protege՛Program, Tap City Kids, I Love Dance Sweetheart Program, University of the Arts, The Hartt School, Michelle Dorrance's Tap Company Dorrance  Dance, SUNY Oneonta Terpsichorean Dance Company, Cornell University On Tap Dance Troupe, Mount St. Mary’s College Dance Team, Union College Dance Team, Dutchess County Community College, Ethne, Skin Dance Company and Pink Hair Affair to name a few.