Shonda, parent ELEVATE dancer

“Encounter Performing Arts Company is a place for my daughter to grow not only her dance skills but also develop her faith. She has wonderful, supportive friendships and teachers who seek to help her reflect the image of her loving Heavenly Father.” 

Shelia, parent of ELEVATE dancer

Micheal and Olivia bring a completely different approach to Ballet for the Des Moines area. Wholesome, encouraging, and inspiring, their influence has been character building for my daughter. Their technique and professionalism gives dancers ability to dance at a level that is respected across the dance community. Encounter provides a platform to worship while instilling ballet technique that is challenging and professional.





Dancers who wish to audition may either come in person or submit an application and video online.

Auditions for the 2021-2022 training year for the ELEVATE Company will be held on:

Saturday, January 9th, 2021
9:00am - 12:00pm

Encounter Grace Ministries
1380 NE 66th Ave.
Des Moines, IA 50313

Dancers will be notified of acceptance within a week of the audition. Training with the company will begin August 2021.

Those attending the audition should wear classical ballet attire. Bring technique and pointe shoes. Students and their parent(s) will have a brief interview following the dancing portion of the audition.




Dancers who wish to audition online, must submit an application and audition video. Online applicants must submit the following by July 1st, 2021.


Please include with application:

- Application

- $35 application fee (upon signing up)

- Head Shot

- First Arabesque (on Pointe for ladies)

- Pastor’s recommendation letter as a personal reference 

- Letter from dance instructor 

- Audition Video (all videos must be uploaded to YouTube or Dropbox, attached in an email)


Video must include the following exercises: (only one side is needed)


  • Pliés

  • Tendu/Dégagé

  • Fondu/Développé

  • Grand Battement



  • Adagio

  • Waltz

  • Petite Allegro

  • Grand Allegro

  • Pirouette (on Pointe for ladies)

  • Classical Variation (on Pointe for ladies) - no longer than 2 minutes 

  • Contemporary Combination (ballet shoes) - no longer than 2 minutes


Please wear the following attire for audition videos and photos...



Black leotard (no undergarments showing) 

Pink tights

Pink ballet shoes

Pink pointe shoes

Hair - high bun

Stud earrings acceptable



White, fitted shirt (tucked into tights) 

Black tights

Black socks 

Black ballet shoes 

Dance belt

Hair - neatly combed 

Clean shaven


Contact Us

Encounter Performing Arts Company

1380 NE 66th Ave.

Des Moines, IA 50313

Phone: 515-446-8415