Dakota Academy of Performing Arts

The Dakota Academy of Performing Arts (DAPA) at the Washington Pavilion is a program designed to inspire young theatre and music 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 accomplished musicians and theatre professionals mentoring and teaching for DAPA, students are motivated to perform with passion, dedication and excellence. Students prepare to give professional-level music and theatre performances in the community throughout the year.

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

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    Performance Series

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

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    Actors in Color Stories

    Plays for Living

    Engage with the community in the Plays for Living Company.

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    Student Playing Base

    Summer Opportunities

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

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    Upcoming Auditions

    Take the stage and audition for our DAPA music and theatre programs!

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    If you’re looking for more than theatre and music 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 music or theatre.
    • Seeking a positive social network that builds confidence and self-esteem
    • Fully dedicated to practice and rehearsals each week.
    • 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 at the Pavilion presents: A Christmas Story, The Musical

    Join the Dakota Academy of Performing Arts young actors in A CHRISTMAS STORY, THE MUSICAL!

    Dec. 14 - Dec. 17

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    DAPA Chamber Orchestra Holiday Concert in the Visual Arts Center

    DAPA Chamber Orchestra Holiday Concert in the Visual Arts Center in the Belbas Theater

    Dec. 23
    4:00 PM

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    DAPA Spring Chamber Ensemble Recital

    Support the young musicians involved in the Dakota Academy of Performing Arts Spring Chamber Ensemble Recital.

    May. 14 - May. 15

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    DAPA Chamber Orchestra Gala Concert in the Visual Arts Center

    Dakota Academy of Performing Arts Chamber Orchestra Gala Concert in the Visual Arts Center

    May. 28
    4:00 PM

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    DAPA Chamber Music Tuition 17-18

    DAPA Chamber Music Tuition 17-18

    Sep. 1 - Jan. 31

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