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, our expansion at 230 Main Street brings three convenient locations and certified programs to the Northern Hills (Sturgis), West side (Rapid City) and Downtown (Rapid City).
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!
Frequently Asked Questions
A Few Words of Praise
"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
"I have danced with Academy since I was four-years-old. In my 13 years at Academy I have not only grown as a dancer but as a person as well. The faculty and fellow dancers are among some of the nicest, most nurturing, and humble people I've ever met. Upon traveling over the past few summers to other dance programs in other states I have noticed how remarkable the instruction is at this studio. Dancers are taught to uphold their technique while also embracing their own personality, in these other cities, while dancing with young folks from Chicago, Denver, Milwaukee, etc. I found that the instruction I received allowed me to feel incredibly comfortable while dancing alongside others from larger cities. In summation, Academy provides a fantastic technique base while allowing each dancer to embrace what makes them special. The Academy of Dance Arts has become a safe, neutral, happy place for me to call my second home."
- Maia Zoller
"Although I only attended Academy for a short time I loved every moment there. I decided to make the trip from my home town of Custer to the Rapid City studio the summer of my sophomore year and continued to do so until graduation. I traveled there no matter the weather and as many times a week as I could afford. The studio became my happy place. They have amazingly creative, intelligent, and loving teachers there. Students are exposed to many different sides and kinds of dance and encouraged in a truly beautiful way. I can easily say that I found a family there, life-long friends, and mentors for life. Thank you Academy of Dance Arts! I can't wait to come back and visit!"
- Sarah Powers