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!

Spring 2024 Shows

March 7-10 
Orpheum Theater Center
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April 5-6 
Belbas Theater
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May 9-12 
Orpheum Theater Center
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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

Spring Workshops:

Creative Drama

If you like to sing, dance, act and tell stories, then this is the class for you!

Feb 5
4:00 PM

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Playwriting Masterclass

Unlock the power of imagination, cultivate storytelling skills and ignite a passion for playwriting.

Feb 9
4:00 PM

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Advanced Acting

Develop techniques, styles and disciplines of acting.

Apr 8
4:30 PM

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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 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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