1902 Jules Street, Saint Joseph, Missouri 64501



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



Students with The Dance Arts Center in St. Joseph performed a sneak peek Sunday afternoon of their upcoming rendition of ‘The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe.’ by Ray Scherer | News-Press NOW 01/13/2020

The wonders and utter magic of a classic novel are uniquely making their way to dance floors in Northwest Missouri this year.

Students with The Dance Arts Center, 1902 Jules St., performed a special sneak peek Sunday afternoon of their version of the C.S. Lewis favorite, “The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe.” The three Narnia-themed performances in “Tea With Tumnus” served as the kick-off to the center’s 2020 season, with the full show set to occur over the next few months.

Marla Heeler, the center’s owner and director, said rehearsals every Saturday have been a constant since September. The studio itself has been around for some 35 years, and she’s been at the helm for the past 15 years. Read more...


photo of Alexis Ades of The Dance Arts Center in News-Press story: Eastward, ho! Chamber eyes CA

Eastward, ho! Chamber eyes California workers Greg Kozol / By Greg Kozol | News-Press NOW 10.12.19

The first thing Alexis Ades noticed about St. Joseph was the color. The trees and grass provide a lushness that was lacking in the sunny, semi-arid landscape of Southern California.

“At first I thought, this is very green,” said Ades, a dance instructor who moved to St. Joseph this year. “I don’t know if I can do it. But then I loved it. The people were super nice and super great.” Read More...