What is DAC?

What is DAC? (Danse Arts Company)

DAC (Danse Artrs Company) serves as Devine Performing Arts curriculum based program for students that are professionally minded in dance and performance fields. By participating in this program students better prepare themselves for real world performance opportunities, entertainment fields, and collegiate studies. The Danse Arts Company requires that the students audition for placement each year, maintain technique leveled courses in Ballet and Jazz, and participate in our student based dance production company, Danse Arts Company (DAC). It's run similar to a nonprofit. Parents help fundraise to support the companies expenditures for the season (costumes, theatre fees, etc..) DAC offers students an opportunity to perform in a nurturing environment that not only offers a place to grow as a dancer and performer, and build self-esteem, but focuses on professional training first and foremost! Under the guidance of Owner/Artistic Director, Debbie Devine, our mission is to provide a supportive environment for the serious dancer to broaden their skills and offer artistic excellence to the dance community at large.

Our pre-professional dance company, formed in 2006 by Leah Cordiano-Siemens, continues to provide quality artistic performances to the community in a variety of ways. They provide 2 full length dance productions per year; the annual "Winter Extravaganza" in December, and an annual Spring Show; such as "Diaries of a Dancer" 2007, "Seasons on Stage" 2008, "Peter Pan" 2009, "Wonderland" 2010, and "Fairy Tales~A tribute to Hans Christian Andersen" 2012, and "Step Right Up-DAC Spring Shocase" 2013, "Cinderella" 2014, "Spring Showcase " 2015, and our musical theatre production of "Legally Blonde Jr." 2016. They also have opportunities like performing at the The Cardinals Game, Wildwood Days, SAVVIS Center for St. Louis Steamers; West Coast Dance Explosion, PULSE Tour since 2007; National Dance Week (Annually in April); Dance Olympus; Fair St. Louis at the Arch; Spring into Dance; Dancing in the Streets-Fox Tap Stage, BBQ Bash and more. The Danse Arts Company is devoted to providing performance opportunities that build character and confidence. Our students can carry these experiences with them throughout their professional lives.

Devine Performing Arts, and the Danse Arts Company, is committed to giving back to its community through performance and education. Throughout the years DAC has performed for Girl Scout Events; father/daughter and mother/daughter dances, "World Thinking Day", fulfilling badge requirements, and day camp activities teaching a variety of dances (ex: hula, hip hop), Teaching at local schools; a day of PE at Babler Elementary and Green Pines Elementary, and performing at local fairs and parades; Art in the Park 2005, Creve Ceour Parade 2005, Ballwin Days 2006-present, Wildwood Days/Celebration 2005-present, Eureka Days 2007-present, & BBQ Bash in Wildwood Towne Center 2009-present.

Students, during the past several years, were admitted and often awarded scholarships to prestigious summer programs and winter performances with the Joffrey Ballet, Moscow Ballet, St. Louis Ballet, Blue Lake Fine Arts, Kansas City University Dance Program, SEMO Dance Program, Lindenwood's Lionettes,and school musicals and plays.