Dakota Academy of Performing Arts

Dakota Academy of Performing Arts

The Dakota Academy of Performing Arts (DAPA) at the Washington Pavilion is a program designed to inspire young theatre students in the Sioux Falls area to practice perfect, play hard and perform better than they ever thought they could.

DAPA is designed for students who desire a creative, challenging atmosphere with direct instruction and ensemble learning. With a team of theatre professionals mentoring and teaching for DAPA, students are motivated to perform with passion, dedication and excellence. Students prepare to give professional-level theatre performances in the community throughout the year.

There are many ways to get involved with The Dakota Academy of Performing Arts!

DAPA Youth Performances

DAPA Youth Performances

Support our talented actors; Subscribe to the Youth Performance Series!

Plays For Living

Plays For Living

Engage with the community in the Plays for Living Company.

Summer Opportunities

Summer Opportunities

Calling all singers, dancers, musicians and actors: sign up for summer camps!

Upcoming Auditions

Upcoming Auditions

Take the stage and audition for our DAPA theatre programs!

If you’re looking for more than theatre lessons and have a real love for the arts, DAPA at the Washington Pavilion was created for you!

We would love for you to join us if you are:

  • Between the ages of 6-18 with an interest in theatre
  • Seeking a positive social network that builds confidence and self-esteem
  • Fully dedicated to practice and rehearsals each week
  • Looking to not only meet expectations but exceed them
  • Ready to work and play hard in a fun, creative environment

Thank you to our generous sponsors

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THE LITTLE PRINCE

THE LITTLE PRINCE is a beautiful play adapted from the beloved classic children’s book.

Mar 28
2:00 PM

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Disney’s THE LITTLE MERMAID JR.

In a magical underwater kingdom, the beautiful young mermaid, Ariel, longs to leave her ocean home — and her fins — behind and live in the world above.

May 2
2:00 PM

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The DAPA Awards - 2021

This is a night to celebrate and support the amazing accomplishments and work of our 2020-21 Dakota Academy of Performing Arts (DAPA) students.

May 17
7:00 PM

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DAPA Shakespeare Camp at Augustana University: A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM

Ages 14-18. Students in this year’s Shakespeare Camp will perform an abbreviated version of Shakespeare’s A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM.

May 31
1:00 PM

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Musical Theatre Camp: The Grunch

Ages 9-11. Young actors will have a blast performing this summer’s zany and hilarious musical!

Jul 12
8:30 AM

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DAPA Musical Theatre Camp at Augustana University: THE ADDAMS FAMILY

Ages 14-18. Presented in partnership with The Augustana University Theatre Department and the Dakota Academy of Performing Arts at the Washington Pavilion!

Jul 19
1:00 PM

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Junior Musical Theatre Camp: (AM) Welcome to the Jungle

Ages 6-8. Challenge yourself, make lasting friendships, rehearse and learn the importance of teamwork in a two-week theatre camp that culminates in a full-scale musical performance.

Aug 2
8:30 AM

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Junior Musical Theatre Camp: (PM) Welcome to the Jungle

Ages 6-8. Challenge yourself, make lasting friendships, rehearse and learn the importance of teamwork in a two-week theatre camp that culminates in a full-scale musical performance.

Aug 2
1:00 PM

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DAPA Summer Sing it! Camp

Ages 9-12. Come raise your voice with the Dakota Academy of Performing Arts (DAPA) in this choral music summer camp.

Aug 16
1:00 PM

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Support Young Learners at the Washington Pavilion