1902 Jules Street, Saint Joseph, Missouri 64501

816.233.5442

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

Check out what we are offering this summer!

For over 30 years The Dance Arts Center, LLC has been teaching the art, discipline, and joy of dance 

to students of all ages and abilities. Our goal is to teach every dancer what the true art of dance really means. 

Students at The Dance Arts Center not only derive grace, poise and confidence, they gain a life long appreciation of dance. 

Our excellent adult staff is here to help each dancer have a positive learning experience. 

Dance is an athletic art form that requires strength, determination, and hard work. 

The benefits gained from such discipline are life long attributes that can be applied throughout their life.


DANCE TRAINING = LIFE TRAINING


Summer classes begin June 18 and run for 6 weeks.

Payment for Summer Classes is due when you Register.

Please note: No classes July 1 – 5.

Register for Summer Classes

Summer Intensives – Ballet • Tap • Flamenco • Acrobatic Arts

Wednesday, August 7 – 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM

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A summer intensive without leaving home!

4 great classes with 4 awesome guest instructors. This intensive is for levels 1 & up and will be divided by level. Be sure to bring your lunch! 

Price: $100.00


Megan Weber will teach Acrobatic Arts 

Rachel White – Ballet Intensive

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Rachel White began her training at the New Haven Ballet in Connecticut. She graduated high school from the prestigious University of North Carolina School of the Arts in Winston-Salem as a ballet major. Rachel also trained with the School of American Ballet, the Pacific Northwest Ballet and the Hartford Ballet before joining Boston Ballet’s BBII at the age of sixteen. 


After retiring from the stage, Rachel served on the faculty of both the School of Dance Connecticut (formally the School of the Hartford Ballet) and the city of Hartford’s Dance Program for City Youth. Rachel is an ABT® Certified Teacher, who has successfully completed the ABT® Teacher Training Intensive in 

Pre- Primary through Level 7 and Partnering of the ABT® National Training Curriculum; The New York City Ballet certifies Rachel as a trainer for the NYCB Workout. She is certified member of Dance Masters of America in Ballet and is a member of Ohio Dance Masters Chapter #16 and the Chapter’s annual teacher and lecturer in Ballet Training and Health. Rachel is an active member of the International Association of Dance Medical Science (IADMS). Rachel is also the Creator and Director for the Drea’s Dream Dance Convention to benefit the Andrea Rizzo Foundation and also sits of the Advisory Board for the Foundation. 


Currently, Rachel is a Master Ballet teacher based in the greater Boston area and teaches for many schools, colleges, and conventions throughout the United States and Canada.

Becca Nelson – Tap Intensive

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Becca Nelson is an east coast native who’s been dancing since she could walk, and has gained a vast amount of training and education over those years. 

As a versatile artist and teacher, she is extremely passionate about sharing her experiences with students around the world. Becca has taught at schools and festivals throughout the US, including the Debby Allen Dance Academy and the DC Tap Festival, and internationally throughout Europe and Asia. 


After making the move to the west coast Becca has been busy making a name for herself both in front of and behind the camera. Some of her most notable achievements include numerous appearances on The Late Show with James Corden, international performances with Chloe Arnold’s Syncopated Ladies, performing at the Barclay Center for a Nike commercial, and directing video content for the SOLD OUT Syncopated Ladies concert in Hollywood. Learn more about Becca’s work alongside the phenomenal Syncopated Ladies from this article in Dance Magazine.

Melinda Hedgecorth – Flamenco Intensive

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Melinda Hedgecorth grew up on the outskirts of Kansas City, MO producing performances in her living room, where her little brother and cat often held supporting roles.  She graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dancefrom UMKC where teachers like Paula Weber (ballet), Leni Wylliams (modern) and Tamara Carson (flamenco) helped her get closer to finding her own movement. Rhythm and weight became important areas of exploration. At this time she also developed a deep interest in working with musicians in a studio and stage setting. 

 

In 1998 she journeyed to Spain for the first time, not knowing Spanish or how to find her way around the grand city of Madrid.  At the legendary flamenco school Amor de Dios she went through a rigorous 5-hour daily instruction and practice regimen with a different teacher leading each hour. Her feet bled from the concentrated practice, and her lungs hurt from breathing the smoke-filled air from the continuously smoldering cigarettes that were a mainstay of the dressing rooms. Flamenco is an addictive discipline and she was hooked. She made it a point to travel to Spain yearly for more instruction and immersion, eventually deciding to settle in Spain long term.


Melinda has lived the last 14 years in one of the capital cities of flamenco and Kansas City’s sister city, Sevilla, Spain. There, she developed her skills in flamenco clubs, cultural centers, museums and theatres, learning more onstage with her able musicians than she had ever learned in a studio setting. This immersion with local guitarists and singers provided the practice sessions required to learn and absorb the codes and signals, which make up the language of flamenco.

 

Melinda is once again a Kansas City resident and inspired to pass on the precious information gathered during those years.  She teaches at Kansas University and is working on a Flamenco/Indian fusion performance with Professor Patrick Suzeau. Through her newly formed LLC 45°, she promotes her classes and her two performance groups, Siento y Vivo Flamencowith guitarist Beau Bledsoe, and Flamenkcmowith husband and singer/guitarist Antonio Rojas Flor.  A life-long learner she continues to grow by taking professional development courses with Artist Inc. Always a teacher, she continues to do workshops in the states and Sevilla, training a new generation of dancers. She continues to perform internationally.

The greatest showman theater camp • July 29 – August 1

Ages 7 – 12 • Camp is every morning 9:00 AM to 12:00 noon

Do you love to sing, dance and act? This is the camp for you. Learn the audition process for a musical, as you audition for The Greatest Showman.  Sing, dance and act for preparation for our in house production on Thursday, August 1st.  Students will be divided by age and experience.


Price: $80.00 for the week – 10% discount for siblings  

Combo classes begin June 18

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6 WEEK CLASS BEGINS JUNE 18

Combo Classes consist of tap and ballet in one class. Students wear any color of leotard and tights, ballet shoes and tap shoes.  Hair should be securely off the face and neck.  Classes begin June 18 and run for 6 weeks.  No classes July 1 – 5. 


Price:  $55.00 for 6 weeks – 10% discount for family members or additional classes. 

COMBO –  3 & 4 Year Old

  • Tuesday 4:45 PM to 5:30 PM
  • Wednesday 5:45 PM to 6:30 PM

COMBO – 5 & 6 Year Old

  • Thursday 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM

So You Think you can dance

6 WEEK CLASS BEGINS JUNE 18

Dancers will have an opportunity to study a different style of dance each week.  Dancers will learn ballet, jazz, musical theater, hip hop, and contemporary each week.  Dancers will learn some basic techniques for each style and a short combination to show in our final week's performance.  During week 6, parents are invited to attend our performance at 6:15PM for 1st & 2nd graders and 7:15PM for 3rd-5th graders.  The performance will last approximately 20 minutes so class may run late the last week.  

For the summer, classes will be based on the grade you will be entering for the 2019-20 school year.  


  • 1st & 2nd Graders – Tuesday 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM
  • 3rd – 5th Graders – Tuesday 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM


Price: $55.00 for 6 weeks –  10% discount for family members or additional classes.

Strength & Stretch, Leaps & Turns

Summer classes begin June 18th and run for 6 weeks.  No classes July 1st – 5th.


  • Level 1 – 3 [2018 – 2019 Dance Year]

                       Thursday 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM

                       Price: $55.00 for 6 weeks

                       10% discount for family members 

                       or additional classes.

                      

  • Level 4 & up [2018 – 2019 Dance Year]

                       Thursday 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM

                       Price: $80.00 for 6 weeks

                       10% discount for family members 

                       or additional classes.

Special Guest Teachers

Tommy Lasater, Vance Baldwin, Megan Chiles and other surprise guests will be teaching a different style of dance each week.  Styles will include contemporary, jazz, modern and ballet.


Classes begin June 18th and run through July 30th.  We will not have classes July 1st - 5th. 


  • Level 1 – 3 [2018 – 2019 Dance Year]

                       Tuesday – 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM

                       Price: $55.00 for 6 weeks 

                       10% discount for family members 

                       or additional classes.

 

  • Level 4 & up [2018 – 2019 Dance Year]

                       Tuesday 7:00  PM to 8:30 PM

                       Price: $80.00 for 6 weeks 

                      10% discount for family members 

                       or additional class

Ballroom with Joseph Pilgram

If you've been curious about ballroom dancing OR you are looking for a weekly date night with your spouse or partner, then come join us for a fun time dancing!


Classes begin June 18th and run through July 30th.  We will not have classes July 1st - 5th.  


Tuesday 6:00 PM to 7:00PM

Price: $100.00 per couple or $55.00 per individual 

for 6 weeks.  

Adult Classes begin june 18

Price: $55.00 for 6 weeks

10% discount for family members or additional classes.

Yoga with Paula Lower

Bring your own mat.

  • Tuesday – 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Generations on Tap

On-going adult tap class.  All generations welcome!

  • Tuesday – 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Adult Tap for Beginners

Here's your chance to try something new! Tap shoes are needed for this class.

  • Thursday – 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM

Intermediate Adult Tap

Here's your chance to try something new! Tap shoes are needed for this class.

  • Thursday – 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM

Adult Jazz & Ballet

This class is designed specifically for dancers college age and up.  Enjoy getting into the studio to brush up on technique and get into shape.  Bring a friend!

  • Wednesday – 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM

Registration is now open for all Summer Classes

Summer classes begin June 18 and run for 6 weeks.

Payment for Summer Classes is due when you Register.

Please note: No classes July 1 – 5.

Register for Summer Classes