Bringing dance and performing arts education to our community
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 hightest of abilities.
Our students have the opportunity to perform in multiple shows throughout the year.
Specialty Community Performances
Parades and more.
Dream Builder | Nurturing | Well Rounded | Confident | Encouraging Excellence | Positivity | Impacting Students | Wholesome
Owner & Instructor
Sarah has a passion for the performing arts. She grew up dancing in Tigard, Oregon at Westside Dance Academy. During her college years she was a Jefferson Dancer and traveled through NYC and LA several times to take master classes and learn from the best.
For over 20 years, 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 honored with Coach of the Year for the Dance Drill Coaches Association of Oregon.
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.
“With the trifecta of years in masterful experience, a loving nature, and personality that both leads and never loses touch with youth, Sarah Jakubowski is a one in a million find. I don't say this often, but if I had children, she would be on a very short list of mentors I would send my kids to.”
— Benji Schwimmer,
Season 2 Winner - So You Think YOu Can Dance
“It's hard to put into words how much Sarah has impacted my life, not only as a dancer, but as an individual. Her positive and caring spirit encouraged me throughout my high school years and pushed me to improve as a dancer. She always encouraged us to dance from the heart. Through Sarah's amazing technical training, choreography, experiences, and connections I improved as dancer, gained confidence and pursued dance in college.”
— Shyla Tollenaar
University of Oregon - Cheerleader