Academy of Performing Arts
"Working with Lia was an amazing and fun experience, but also it was one of those rare showbiz experiences, when you know there is something "magic" happening. Lia's talent and drive (and extension!) were in a category rarely ever seen in my then 26 years in the business. She has a rare blend of emotion, talent and energy about her that had the audience literally 'gasping' at her dance abilities!
"Then last year, I was asked by Lia to come teach at her studio, "Dance Elite" in Rapid City, SD. Her teaching of technique is of course, well above and beyond what you would find at any given studio, but above that, she instills a FIRE and a CORE OF BELIEFS in her dancers in class, that I have not seen in any studio, anywhere. PASSION! DRIVE!! ENERGY!! And at the core, a LOVE FOR DANCE!! I know! I worked with Michael Jackson, Madonna, Prince, Gene Kelly, Tina Turner and Whitney Houston and many others who to me, are some of the most creative talents in the world!! I'm so proud of her as a dance teacher and a friend!"Christopher Childers
Studio director, Lia Malcolm, whose credits
include Britain's Royal Ballet, Folies Bergere, Cirque du Soleil, Cats, and Tap Dogs, has changed the way that Black Hills residents experience the art of performance. Her talented dancers have shaken the foundation of the South Dakota dance community and drawn interest from neighboring states.
The dynamic Elite Squad has garnered the top dance awards in the competitive dance field. For the 2012 and 2013 seasons, their accolades include: 3 choreographic awards, 5 grand champions, 37 overalls, 21 division awards, 6 category awards, 14 judges awards, 1 studio achievement award, 1 spirit award, and 1 triple crown.
Dance Elite is also home to more pageant titleholders than any other dance studio in South Dakota. We invite you to browse through our website and call if you would like to schedule a studio tour.
Welcome to Dance Elite Academy of Performing Arts,
South Dakota's most prestigious dance studio!
• Repertoire & Technique
• Lyrical • Jazz
• West Coast Hip Hop
• Irish Step Dance • Tap • Drama
• Musical Theatre
• Competition Choreography
• Pageant Choreography