ARCC Dance

ARCC Dance

Stay up to date on the latest news, photos and more about the ARCC dance program!

The Aberdeen Recreation and Cultural Center Dance Program, co-sponsored by the Aberdeen Parks, Recreation and Forestry Department and the Aberdeen Area Arts Council, provides quality and affordable dance classes for students of all ages and abilities.

Dance Spirit


Deep in the basement of New York City Ballet, there's a windowless room home to nearly 6,000 pairs of pointe shoes. We met up with company soloist Emilie Gerrity to learn about the secrets of the shoe room.

ARCC Dance's cover photo

[01/20/20]   Dance classes are scheduled for today, January 20, 2020.
See you there!

We got to participate in the NSU School of Fine Arts Holiday Extravaganza under the direction of Christopher Stanichar a few days ago!

Isabelle Weisenburger graciously accepted the invitation to choreograph and dance the Sugar Plum Fairy.

Our costumer, Marilyn Davis made this costume FROM SCRATCH at a workshop several years ago and was able to finish it off for this! Any guesses as to how many yards yes, yards!) go into a platter tutu?

Thanks Miss Gwyn Feickert-Fischbach for the photos and Miss Robin O’Neill for the video!

Live Music for Modern

Last week the Modern V classes got to experience dancing to live music with our guest drummer, Roger Frank II! Thanks Roger, for sharing your talents with us!!

[11/25/19]   Mon, Nov 25- classes held
Tues, Nov 26- THURSDAY classes held at their regular times and studios.
Wed & Thurs- no classes

South Dakota Ballet

Big things are happening tomorrow night. See you there!

[11/11/19]   Dance at the ARCC on Veteran’s Day? yes we do!

It's a little late, but I couldn't resist- at the ARCC we have Tricks and Treats! 🤣🎃


Vote for South Dakota Ballet!

Thank you to each and every one of you who nominated us to win First National Bank's Give First award. We made the first cut & are now listed under Division 4, Match 5. VOTE AT THIS LINK!

Recital 2019

Recital 2019

Ballet and the brain: The science of how dancers learn choreography

It's often said that it takes 10,000 hours of practice to become an expert, but what happens in a ballet dancer's brain when they learn choreography? Royal B...

We couldn't agree more! So much of this is also true of all dance forms.

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Professional dancer comes home, establishes ballet company

Read about the founder of the new South Dakota Ballet! This week's Up-and-Comer is Madeleine Scott, director of sales and marketing at Fyzical Therapy & Balance Centers and the founder, artistic director and executive director of the South Dakota Ballet.

[10/10/19]   ARCC Dance classes have been cancelled 10/10 for weather.

Classes will be made up on Tuesday, Nov. 26.
Same time, different day.

Recital 2019


Happy Monday from the Clogging class!

[09/24/19]   We're off and running... or dancing!

Dancers- check it out! This is an opportunity to strut your stuff and win the talent show!!

🎉🎉🎉The Miss Aberdeen Contest and Talent Show is slated for November 16th at CHS Thomas Kelly Theater.
We are looking for contestants:
Miss Aberdeen- (Jr or Senior girls 17 -19 yrs old);
Jr. Miss Aberdeen - (9th grade); and Lil Miss & Lil Master - Kindergarten
👸🏼 🤴🏼
Application and forms will be at all the schools this week. And forms are on our new Hub City Women of Today website please ✔️ us out at

Need shoes, tights, or leotards before classes start? We carry it all! Get yours before classes start. We are in the ARCC lobby every weekday from 3-5pm and next Saturday from 12-4 for fittings. Come on down!

Classes start September 9th!

Register for your dance class online through August!!

Registrations are taken in person or by phone after Sept. 1st.

[08/12/19]   We've added a Hip Hop II class on Tuesdays 7:25-8:25
Register today!

Yes! This.

What Are the Benefits of Acro Dance Classes for Kids?

Did you know ARCC Dance has Acro? This article from Toronto describes nicely what this type of dance genre is. Sign up now at Aberdeen Recreational and Cultural Center for this upcoming dance season. Choosing which style of dance would be best for your little one can be a daunting task. There are many dance classes in Toronto that teach various genres, so how...

Today is the day! Registration is open for ARCC Dance!!

This is excellent information!!

Dress Code: Why does it matter? In classical ballet, dancers are asked to wear specific attire, often the same color and in a very uniform manner. The number one reason for this is to prevent distraction in the classroom. If all the dancers have the same shade of leotard, when looking in the mirror the eye does not get caught up in "fashion", "color", "different lines" - and the dancer/teacher are able to focus and see clearly the techincal and artistic things that they are working on. The second reason for a dress code is discipline. There is something mentally that happens when a person prepares physically for something. They focus, they take it seriously, and instead of the room being chaotic and "loud" with color and design - a calm and peaceful atmosphere can be created. The mental preparation sets you up for physical success in the classroom.

Parents- if you get pushback from your children on dress code, we are depending on you to be firm about the expectations of the studio. As an instructor, when we have to get onto the children about dress code it makes them immediately not like us --or have something negative in their mind - because they "got in trouble". Try not to put the instructors in this position. The instructor should be given the opportunity to teach ballet and let the instruction be how their relationship with the student is formed. There are plenty of other discipline things we will handle in the classroom, but wearing the correct attire is the dancer and parent's responsibility.

Older Dancers- DO NOT PUSH THE BOUNDARIES TO SEE WHAT YOU CAN GET BYWITH. This too puts directors in a terrible position. Instead of focus on ballet technique, artistry, stamina, strength- you are asking us to hold you accountable as to whether your tights are footless or not. You know the rules, if you are advanced you have been around long enough to know what the expectations are. Breaking the rules will only damage your reputation and waste time. Often schools do not allow dancers to take class out of dress code.

Finally, if there is a strange situation where you spill coffee all over your tights, or leave a leotard at home, COMMUNICATE with your instructor. Tell them what is going on, ask a friend to borrow things, but don't just assume it's okay I'll just wear whatever today.

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ARCC Dance Summer Camps

A few photos from various dance camps at the ARCC in 2019

A few photos from various dance camps at the ARCC in 2019

Two weeks from today is the start of dance class registrations!
What are you planning to take?

Seniors 2019

The 2019-20 ARCC Dance Schedule is out! Those of you who were registered in a class or camp this past year should be receiving a hard copy through the mail in the next couple of weeks; we will have extras at the ARCC desk. Until then you can browse the digital version on our website.

Registration begins August 6.

See you soon!!

Practicing split leaps at Modern dance camp 🤸🏻‍♂️

2 more weeks of dance camps this summer- then it’s on to fall!

We have a ballerina at the Cecchetti summer program out of state. Way to go Audrey! Can you spot her?

A peek at Monday . . . [email protected]

$1.3 million distributed to help art programs

Our dance campers had a visit from KSFY today! They loved sharing what they had just learned on the first day of camp!! Dozens of organizations across the state received an annual grant from the South Dakota Arts Council.

Joyful Rhythms, Joyful Sounds

If any families are looking for a new experience! Sun, July 28 at 2pm

Save the date! ARCC Dance registration for 2019-2020 classes begins Tuesday, August 6th at 7am. See you soon!

[06/17/19]   What is the best time for early elementary classes (grades 1-4) to take place?

We generally try to offer classes at all of these times, but are curious nonetheless!

[06/17/19]   What is the best time for high school level classes to to take place?

We generally have classes at all these times, because we offer so many classes, but curious nonetheless!

There are a bunch of new ARCC Dance Recital pictures in the photo gallery on our website- check it out!

The beautiful Pointe V class!

You can still see many of these dances in our last performance this evening at 6:30! Tickets are available here:

A few photos from the ARCC Dance Recitals 2019. Feel free to share and tag yourself!

ARCC Dance Recitals 2019

A few photos from the ARCC Dance Recitals 2019. Feel free to share and tag yourself!

A few photos from the ARCC Dance Recitals 2019. Feel free to share and tag yourself!

We have a whole NEW lighting system in the theatre!

The colors made with the LED lights (and our talented light guy, Josh Frachiseur) are amazing!

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Live Music for Modern
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