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1902 Jules Street, Saint Joseph, Missouri 64501



Teaching the art, discipline, and joy of dance for over 35 years.

Teaching the art, discipline, and joy of dance for over 35 years.

Teaching the art, discipline, and joy of dance for over 35 years.Teaching the art, discipline, and joy of dance for over 35 years.

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month

A Chance to Dance has been postponed to a later date and we're  collaborating on ideas on how to hold A Chance To Dance 

and raise funds for our Voices of Courage Child Advocacy Center. 

If you would like to make a donation, please go to:


Please keeping checking our website and our social media for updates!


Dance Recital 2020

Our 2020 Dance Recital 'Jump, Jive, 35' is still a go! 

We are currently working on alternative plans and dates in case

current Covid-19 declarations and orders are extended.

Please continue to utilize our Virtual Studio and keep practicing.

We will continue to email parents about costume arrivals and pickup times.

Please keeping checking our website and our social media for updates! 

photo of Marla Heeler, The Dance Arts Center owner and instructor


Important Dates

Important Dates

We’re so excited to start our 35th dance season serving the greater St. Joseph area. The Dance Arts Center has grown into one of the most recognized names in our community known for our outstanding staff, organization, creative productions and age-appropriate costuming. DAC offers over 80 classes for children and adults: 

  • Ballet 
  • Tap
  • Pointe
  • Jazz
  • Contemporary
  • Musical Theater
  • Tumbling
  • Hip Hop 

We also have specialty classes like Leaps & Turns, Strength & Stretch. This season we’ve added Flamenco and Yoga.Our 4 studios are designed and constructed for dance and include a waiting room and observation window. We’re especially proud of our Beyond Dance Program allowing dancers with special needs to participate in dance classes and perform in our annual recital.
Adult instructors teach all classes and are eager to share their knowledge and expertise. Benefits students receive include proper technique, poise, concentration, time management, problem solving and confidence.
‘Dance Training = Life Training’!
Call or stop by The Dance Arts Center, see who we are and the fun and creativity we have to offer. We want you to join our dance family. 

Sincerely – Marla Heeler, Owner / Instructor


Important Dates

Important Dates

Important Dates

March 7 – 8

The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe

performances at the Historic Missouri Theater

March 16 - 22

Spring break [No classes]

April 18

A Chance to Dance benefit for Voices of Courage Child Advocacy Center

Potter Hall – Missouri Western State University

May 25

Recital Staging Rehearsals begin at the Missouri Theater

June 6 – 7

Recital Dress Rehearsals at the Missouri Theater

June 13 – 14

2020 Dance Recital at the Missouri Theater

2020 Dance Recital

2020 Recital

Important Dates

2020 Recital

Recital Dates 

The Dance Arts Center annual recital will be held June 13 – 14, 2020. Students showcase their talents at our annual recital. Our Senior Showcase will be June 12. Family, friends, and the public will see all of our dance curriculum. Our dancers shine at the recital.


Recital Rehearsal Fee 

A $15.00 per dancer rehearsal fee is due with your costume payment. This fee helps off-set rental, insurance, and staff costs at the Missouri Theater during the weeks prior to our concert.


Recital Rehearsals 

Staging rehearsals are held at the Missouri Theater beginning Memorial Day, May 25. 

Dress Rehearsals will be Saturday, 

June 6 and Sunday, June 7. Dancers are required to attend dress rehearsals. 

Parents are asked to attend 

both staging and dress 


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