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School of Dance

A Place For Everyone

“From the parents, to the dancers, to the incredible staff, ArtWorks is the kindest, most caring studio around, full of top-notch instructors! We love ArtWorks!!!” -Tiffany K.

ArtWorks Academy’s award winning dance program focuses on technique and artistic development.  It is home to three performance companies: Petite Protégé, Protégé and Relevé Dance Company.  ArtWorks Academy is certified through Acrobatic Arts and Alixa Flexibility Method.  We are members of Dance Educators of America and National Dance Education Organization. 

All of our classes are divided by age and level of experience. Students in recreational classes receive the same quality training as our company members.  It is our goal to create a safe environment for each child. We use age appropriate music and costumes for all recitals and competitions. 

“ArtWorks Academy has been such a loving and positive environment for me, ever since I came to the studio in 2017. I immediately felt welcomed by students and staff when I started dancing at ArtWorks.  At Artworks, through their competitive dance, recreational dance, and theatre programs, I have found a new passion for performing, met some of my best friends, learned lots from the incredible staff there, and I have grown into a more confident, empowered version of myself. The teachers at ArtWorks have created such an accepting environment and it is apparent that they love what they do and care about the kids they pour into every day. I am so thankful for ArtWorks Academy and would recommend this studio to anyone and everyone who wants to grow their love for performing in a healthy, loving environment!”  -Kenzie W.


ArtWorks Academy was named a MetroFamily Favorites winner in FIVE categories! Voters across the metro voted ArtWorks Academy as the Best Dance Studio, Best Music Instruction, Best Arts Studio/Arts Instruction, Best Day Camps, Arts, and Best Day Camps, Sports!! We are so grateful for all of the amazing AWA families and supporters who see the value of ArtWorks Academy’s impact in arts education for children and teens in our community!

Youth Protection Advocates in Dance

ArtWorks Academy has faculty certified through Youth Protection Advocates in Dance. YPAD courses educate dance studios and communities on the best practices for constructing an environment focused on the well-being of students and a sustainable, safe future for dance.  Training includes, but is not limited to, CPR/First Aid, injury prevention & response, developmentally appropriate artistry, nutrition, and bullying/conflict resolution. We are honored to be part of an organization whose mission is to provide dance professionals with the skills and resources to protect and develop healthy, happy dancers.

National Honor Society for Dance Arts™

ArtWorks Academy students have the chance to join the National Honor Society for Dance Arts™ (NHSDA), which is a program of the National Dance Education Organization.  It was created to recognize outstanding artistic merit, leadership, and academic achievement in students studying dance.  ArtWorks Academy students in 9th-12th grades can join NSHDA, if they meet the eligibility requirements. Students are eligible for induction once they have earned an accumulation of 30 points, which they earn through dance activities such as dance classes, rehearsals, performances, research, workshops, or community service activities.  They must also maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0.


We use a guided curriculum in all of our dance classes. All students learn dance terminology, technique and numerous combinations throughout the year. We do not spend the entire year working on one recital routine. Choreography for recital is not taught until the spring semester and it is only the focus of a portion of the class.  


We believe a solid foundation in technique is extremely important for any dancer. Proper technique enables students to execute movements and steps precisely. Ballet is the foundation for all forms of dance; technique learned in ballet classes can be applied to skills learned in jazz, tap, hip hop and musical theatre. Although the study of ballet is not required for enrollment in all of our classes, we strongly encourage all dancers to pursue ballet training. 


Proper class placement enables each student to develop as a dancer. Placement is determined by the Director of the School of Dance, Cheryl Morris. Some classes do require teacher permission, while others do not. If you wish to enroll your child in a class that requires permission, please email Students currently enrolled will receive a placement guide when enrollment for the following year begins, which lists the level of dance in which you should enroll your child.

Parent and Tot

Little Cirque

Tap, Twirl and Tumble

Petite Protégé and Protégé

Ballet/Tap Combo

Dance Cirque

Acro Dance

Hip Hop

Jazz/Tap Combo

Musical Theatre Dance Technique



Leaps and Turns

ArtWorks Academy of Performing Arts is a proud member of the following dance associations and training companies.

The staff is extremely nice. They treat everyone like family and even adapt to invite kids that are different. This place has been amazing for my special kiddo and have never excluded her. We are extremely grateful for an awesome company. –Caitlyn S.