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: CNA Surety, Dillion Trust, Egger Steel, First National Bank, Graco Foundation, Modern Woodmen, Sioux Valley Energy.

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DAPA Acting UP

Ages 6-13. Join us for this three-week course covering all things theatre!

Sep. 24
5:00 PM

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DAPA presents: TREASURE ISLAND-A MUSICAL ADVENTURE

Excitement runs high in this musical adaptation of a favorite childhood adventure story of pirates, treasure maps, mutiny on the high seas and pieces of eight.

Nov. 7 - Nov. 10

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DAPA presents: Disney’s FROZEN JR.

A story of true love and acceptance between sisters, FROZEN JR. expands upon the emotional relationship and journey between Princesses Anna and Elsa.

Dec. 4 - Dec. 8

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DAPA presents: GO FISH

Join the aquatic fun as little Tiger Shark and his unique collection of friends discover how their differences make them each special.

Feb. 14 - Feb. 15

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DAPA presents: THE MUSICAL ADVENTURES OF FLAT STANLEY JR.

In a whirlwind musical travelogue, Stanley, the ultimate exchange student, scours the globe for a solution to his unusual problem.

Mar. 19 - Mar. 22

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DAPA presents: ROALD DAHL'S WILLY WONKA JR.

Featuring the enchanting songs from the 1971 film, in addition to a host of fun new songs, ROALD DAHL'S WILLY WONKA JR. is a scrumdidilyumptious musical guaranteed to delight everyone's sweet tooth.

Apr. 22 - Apr. 26

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