5 Star Safety Pledge Badge


#1 In Person

Observing Physical Distancing & Sanitation Protocols
*Masks Optional*

With regular review, we will continue to monitor CDC guidelines. Physical distancing & sanitizing measures are in place with masks optional.
As of 8/1/2021.

#2 Livestream Classes

Online Connectivity from Home

Enrolled students have the option to participate in studio or from home with live online connectivity.

#3 Private Lessons

One-on-One coaching sessions for enhanced learning & confidence building.

Target performance goals, build confidence, or focus on specific skills with private one-on-one coaching.

Belong Here! The Academy of Dance Arts creates high quality, vibrant dance lessons and family-friendly, safe learning environments for growing dancers of all ages and abilities, one step at a time! Serving more than 300 families in Western South Dakota and Eastern Wyoming, brings the convenience of two locations in Rapid City (West Side & Downtown) plus online and certified programs reaching families across the nation and beyond!

Find out more about us and our innovative collaborations to:

  • Discover: new skills, new friendships, and real-time connectivity
  • Dance: learn, create, train, refine, perform
  • Grow: technique, confidence, relationships, big dreams!

We invite you to Discover, Dance & Grow with us!


Academy Alumni

Academy dancers can go anywhere from here!  Our grads have been successful with pro and regional companies, currently including a real Disney princess!

You bring the child, we’ll grow the dancer! 

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Proud Member of the Dance Studio Owners Inner Circle

Frequently Asked Questions

A Few Words of Praise

"I have been so impressed with all the "extra" steps you and the staff take to make the dancing experience meaningful and exciting for the students."

- Melody S.

"First off I just wanted to let you all know that I know you guys have been taking extra precautions for all of the dancers. As a parent I really appreciate everything you have done to keep my girl safe."

- NH

"Please know how thankful we are for you and your wonderful staff. Your company has made a huge positive impact on my girls. Your teachers have inspired a love of dance in my girls, and self-confidence that they can continue to grow as dancers even though we have moved. We hope to dance with you again when we return to mainland US in a few years. Thank you for everything! "

- Lauren O'Halloran

"I cannot put into words the profound effect learning dance from the Academy teachers has had on me. As a high schooler and throughout my life, I have found guidance and always, always acceptance here. I can't believe how lucky I have been to work with Julie McFarland, Sara Olivier, and more! I love that I am challenged to push myself further than I did in the last class. I have learned not only to dance using its proper technique, but to be compassionate, to develop my work ethic, and to exude a positive attitude. The Academy of Dance Arts is a family that is loving and supportive through it all. I highly recommend experiencing dance here."

- Karah Haug

"Academy faculty treat all dancers as individuals. Everyone is important. Personal strengths are recognized and celebrated. Teachers equip the dancers with a strong foundation in technique, which gives students the tools they need to develop higher skills. In fact, when my daughter went to a dance intensive in Salt Lake City, her technique and overall skill was comparable if not better than dancers who attended performing arts schools in that area. We have found the Academy of Dance Arts to be a welcoming and caring place for all students to express themselves through dance. I highly recommend the Academy."

- Kim Haug

"5 stars all the way! High quality instruction, caring, inspiring faculty and professional heart touching presentations. So much more I could say. We moved to SD from WY just to be closer to the Academy for my daughter to get the best dance instruction. We looked at other options but the Academy can't be beat. Over the past 8 years, she's received wonderful instruction (high technique standards matters to us) and so much more. So grateful. You're in the best hands here!"

- Kelly Parks-Hoffman

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