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Performing Arts Competition

2023 Competition Cancelled 

Performing Arts Competition also known as PAC is a way to bring our members together and to give students an opportunity to showcase their hard work and talents. This is our organization’s largest annual fundraising event! Students compete in various areas, including ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, hip hop and more. Performances are judged based on technique, costume, presentation, and other categories by highly qualified and experienced dance professionals. As with most competitions, judges’ reviews are given back to the students so they can use this experience as an educational opportunity. Participation in PAC is open to all studios. Studios do not need to be members of DMA to attend.

Le Mars Community Middle School

977 3rd Ave SW

Le Mars, IA 51031

Contact - Beth Ruden 


Solo Title Competition

2023 Competition Cancelled 

Our Solo Title  Competition (also known as Pageant) is held along with our PAC annually. Contestants participate in auditions, interviews, and solo performances. At the end of the weekend, winners are chosen based on their cumulative scores. This event like all other events we hold is focused on the educational aspect and helping students practice interviewing and auditioning, skills that will serve them later in their professional lives. There are 4 age division for male and female contestants. Participants must be affiliated with a DMA member to participate. 

Contact - Tasha Peterson |

Fall Convention

October 15th & 16th, 2022 | Premiere Dance Project

2022 Instructors - Justin Quandt, Christopher Robbins, Judy Rice, Krista Ellensohn

2021 Instructors - Drew Burgess, Albert Cattafi, Krista Ellensohn, and Marquis Cunningham

Our Fall Convention is held annually and serves as a place for our members and their students to expand their dance education, knowledge, and community. We recruit professional dance educators and dancers from across the nation to teach classes in various subjects including tap, jazz, hip-hop, lyrical, ballet, contemporary, modern, teacher focused classes, and more. This one day event is a student favorite! This event is open to members and non-members. 

Contact - Amanda Gustafson |

Scholarship Classes

October 15th & 16th, 2022 | Premiere Dance Project

2022 Instructors - Justin Quandt, Christopher Robbins, Judy Rice, Krista Ellensohn

2021 Instructors - Drew Burgess, Albert Cattafi, Krista Ellenson, and Marquis Cunningham

Once a year we offer scholarship audition classes for our dancers age 7-22. This allows Member teacher’s students to participate in classes that are run just like a professional audition setting to practice that skill while the focus is on learning.  By participating in the Scholarship classes the students practice auditioning skills, take class from Master Teachers from around the country and have the ability to win scholarship monies.  Participation in scholarship classes is for members only, but if you would like to become a member, please contact us, we would love to help you become a member.

Contact / Submit Registration Form - Aunica Harvey |

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