Ankeny Dance & Performing Arts Academy Faculty and Staff

Dakota Mills Ferree
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Ankeny Dance & Performing Arts Academy

Dakota Mills

Instructor; Choreographer

 Miss Dakota has been dancing since she was just 4 years old, and has been studying at at Ankeny Dance and Performing Arts Academy since she first began to dance. Dakota started as a Student Teacher in 2007 and worked her way through the Teacher Training Program to become one of our certified teachers.  She is also a junior member of Dance Masters Chapter #34.

 Dakota performed as a Star Dancer at Ankeny Dance and Performing Arts Academy for five years, and she regularly won first place, high point, and platinum awards and dance scholarships at competitions, including a scholarship to the Go-Pro Pre-Professional Workshop. The Go-Pro Workshop is a dance intensive for an elite group of 40 dancers from across the country. The dancers receive a personal invitation to participate in a six-day Go-Pro workshop culminating in a featured performance in Branson at the Clay Cooper Theater as a member of the show, Kidz Rock!  With this experience Dakota was able to work with great artists like Don Mirault, Helene Phillips, Rhonda Miller and Tina Cooper.

 Dakota also has studied dance in classes at Steps On Broadway in Manhattan, NY, in the Broadway-Bound Dancer Workshop at Oklahoma City University, at the Edge Performing Arts Center in Los Angeles, and has performed in the Bill Riley Talent Competition and on several different stages at the Iowa State Fair, in addition to the Festival of Trees and Lights here in the Des Moines area. She especially enjoyed performing onstage at Disneyland, Disney's California Adventure, Downtown Disney, Branson's Variety Theater and Silver Dollar City as a member of the Star Dancers.

 Miss Dakota loves to teach at Ankeny Dance & Performing Arts Academy because she has a passion for helping young people learn dance and performance. Dakota attended the highly-regarded dance program at Oklahoma City University, and she is now studying as one of just 16 students accepted into the Edge Performing Arts Center's scholarship program, which instructs in the very latest choreography from the professional dance and music scene in Los Angeles. Dakota says she is excited to share the knowledge and dance techniques she learns there with students here by continuing to bring the most current west coast styles back to Iowa as a choreographer with Ankeny Dance and Performing Arts Academy!