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Our new spring Beginning Combo class begins February 9th and will run for 12 weeks.  

Registration for our school-year session is now closed. 

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January 26, 2019 – 2:00 PM and 7:30 PM • January 27, 2019 – 2:00 PM at the Historic Missouri Theater

"Once upon a time, when the world was very young, there was an ancient prophecy that indeed the Evil One will get the Magical Talisman from the Dark Fairy, and he will keep it to the end of his days."

In the magical fairy woods ruled by the Fairy King and Queen, new fairies are born from flower blossoms in spring.  The fairies in this land like to do silly dances, play pranks, and help each other do magic tricks.  They also like to visit, dance, and play with their friends the Dragonflies who live nearby.

The King and Queen of the fairies have a daughter named Tapestrina. Tapestrina has a best friend named Audaxia, and Tapestrina falls in love with a dragonfly named Amicus.

There is one fairy who is feared by all the others.  She is Dunkel, the Dark Fairy with glowing red eyes, who appears in moments of distress, takes the hands of the injured or needy, and vanishes with them in a golden flash, never to be seen again.  One day, the Dark Fairy leaves behind a glowing Magical Talisman. It is found and kept by Audaxia.

Often the fairies and dragonflies will work together to fight against the Evil One, who is always trying to subdue, rule over, or steal from them.  The Evil One has ranks of Spiders who do his bidding, and a giant and terrible Scorpion.

After many terrible battles between the Fairies, Dragonflies, and Spiders, both the Fairy King and Tapestrina have been hurt and taken away by the frightening Dark Fairy.  When the Dark Fairy returns again to take away another injured fairy, Audaxia stops her. Audaxia eventually learns that when the Dark Fairy takes injured fairies away, she is easing their transition to the spirit world, where they can be comfortable and happy in a new state of existence.  Once Audaxia understands, and Dunkel, the original Dark Fairy herself, is injured, Audaxia travels with Dunkels to the spirit world and begins to transform into a new Dark Fairy.  She learns that the glowing red eyes of the Dark Fairy are a mask that allows her to see both the fairy world and the spirit world clearly.

Audaxia, as the new Dark Fairy, confronts the Evil One who has hurt so many fairies and dragonflies.  In the midst of a battle, she produces the Magical Talisman which the Evil One has always wanted.  When he takes it in his hands, the Dark Fairy is able to take hold of him and use her magic to banish him forever. 

Peace reigns in the fairy kingdom after the disappearance of the Evil One.  As the seasons pass, it becomes clear that someday a new young fairy will also inherit the Magical Talisman and take over the role of the Dark Fairy, as it has always been and always will be.

Happy New Year! A great way to start 2019 is with tickets to The Dark Fairy!

See this amazing story come to life. Your entire family will love this wonderful and all-original dance and music production.

Ticket Prices

  • Orchestra – $8 to $12
  • Loge – $15
  • Balcony – $8 to $12

For more information go online to:  – or call 816-233-5442.

Purchase Tickets

Important Dates


Class Breaks

  • December 22 - January 4 – Winter break [No classes]
  • March 16 - 22 – Spring break [No classes]
  • April 19 - 20 – Easter [No classes]


  • December 8, 2018 – Recital Costume Fee and Rehearsal Fee is due
  • May 27, 2019 – Recital Staging Rehearsals begin at Missouri Theater
  • June 1 - 2 – Dress Rehearsals
  • June 7 - 7:00 PM – Senior and DACPAC show
  • June 8 - 10:00 AM – Combo Class/Just for Boys Show
  • June 8 - 6:00 PM – Seniors and Class Level 3 and up Show
  • June 9 - 1:00 PM – Beginning Ballet/Tap, Pre-Ballet/Tap – Level 2 Classes and Level 3 and up Classes, Father/Daughter Dance

Dessert with The Dark Fairy Sunday, January 13, 2019


Who: For ages 3 to 12

What: Meet Characters

               Play Games

               Eat Treats 

               Get a ‘Sneak Peek’ of the Performance

When: Sunday, January 13, 2019 

  • 1st Seating: 12:30 PM 
  • 2nd Seating: 1:30 PM 
  • 3rd Seating: 2:30 PM

Where: The Dance Arts Center

                   1902 Jules Street 

Admission: $10 per child

                           $5 per accompanying adult

RSVP: 816-233-5442 



Purchase a Sponsorship or make a Donation to help produce The Dark Fairy.

You can help our local and area dancers spread their wings to fly and bring a host of mystical

creatures to life at the Historic Missouri Theater. 

Each sponsorship includes promotional opportunities and tickets to one or more performances. Donations are tax deductible through our Dance Arts Performing Company

501c3 partnership with the Community Foundation of Northwest Missouri.

Please call with any questions about sponsorships or donations.

We appreciate your financial support to bring a show of this magnitude and quality to St. Joseph.

Find out more

Marla Heeler, Owner/Instructor


Welcome! We hope you will join our dance family. Our curriculum includes:

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

All classes continue to grow and we’re especially excited our ‘Just for Boys’ classes keep getting bigger and stronger every year. 

We have 4 studios specifically designed and constructed for dance. Adult instructors teach 

all classes and are dedicated to help students achieve personal and physical growth in a challenging, positive environment. 

Dance is an athletic art form. It strengthens 

and inspires – physically, mentally, and artistically. Our students learn proper technique, poise, concentration and confidence.

Dance Training = Life Training

We are also proud to continue our ‘Beyond Dance’ program – a free class specially designed for children with physical challenges. 

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