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!

2024 DAPA Summer Camps

DAPA summer camps are on sale now! Your young actor has many opportunities to dance, sing and act this summer at the Washington Pavilion and beyond. Check out the full list and register today: 

Explore our Classes and Camps

24-25 Season

2024-25 DAPA Subscriptions

We’re thrilled to share our 2024-25 Dakota Academy of Performing Arts season titles including exciting classics and musical debuts the whole family will enjoy! Join us for this incredible lineup:

MEAN GIRLS JR. – November 2024 
A KID’S CHRISTMAS CAROL – December 2024  
DISNEY’S LION KING JR. – March 2025 
HOW TO BE A PIRATE – April 2025 

Season subscriptions are on sale NOW! Get the best seats at the best price when you purchase yours today! 
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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.


Upcoming Auditions and Tech Opportunities

Take the stage and audition for our 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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