Dakota Academy of Performing Arts

Dakota Academy of Performing Arts

The Dakota Academy of Performing Arts (DAPA) 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!

Season 2023-24

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  • DISNEY'S FROZEN Jr. | October 26-29, 2023 | Orpheum Theater Center
  • THE LIGHTNING THIEF | November 16-19, 2023 | Orpheum Theater Center
  • A CHRISTMAS LINE | December 15-16, 2023 | Belbas Theater
  • ROALD DAHL'S WILLY WONKA TYA | March 7-10, 2024 | Orpheum Theater Center
  • CINDERELLA...IF THE SHOE FITS | April 5-6, 2024 | Belbas Theater
  • CAMERON AND MACINTOSH'S MARY POPPINS | May 9-12, 2024 | Orpheum Theater Center
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Upcoming Classes:

Musical Theater Tap Class

This class will focus on the basics of tap dance and its feature in musical theatre! Learn this fun, rhythmic style of dance in an entertaining and interactive class.

Sep 9
12:30 PM

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Creative Drama

If you like to sing, dance, act and tell stories, then this is the class for you! Learn choreography, practice your singing and diction and create stories to perform with a dynamic group of students. 

Oct 4
4:30 PM

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DAPA Youth Performances

DAPA Youth Performances

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Plays For Living

Plays For Living

Engage with the community in the Plays for Living Company.


Upcoming Auditions and Tech Opportunities

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 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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