How We Got Here
DaySpring Arts and Education was created in September of 1993 by a group of artists who were seeking excellence in arts education for their children. Remembering their own struggles as young artists, they dreamed of a place where their children could receive quality technical training in a secure and nurturing environment that would prepare them to deal gracefully with the realities of life in the competitive world of the arts.
our first days
Beginning with only thirty students in a handful of classes, the school grew rapidly in its early years, largely through word-of-mouth and recommendations. Beginning with only thirty students in a handful of classes, the school grew rapidly in its early years, largely through word-of-mouth and recommendations. In 1998, DaySpring incorporated as a tax-exempt nonprofit organization with a committed board of directors. From January of 1999 to July of 2015, the school leased its first dedicated facility.
Through generous gifts of money, equipment and thousands of hours of volunteer help from dedicated supporters, we now have a wonderful building with dedicated spaces for dance and performing arts, classrooms, music studios, offices, storage, shop and construction space for shows, a Black Box Theatre--and room to grow. We have received Accreditation through ISACS for both The Academy and its Arts Programs.
Today the school is home to nearly 700 students, with a structured
multi-disciplinary arts program that emphasizes the importance of technical excellence and character training.
DaySpring St. Louis is comprised of two divisions including
DaySpring Arts which includes
Performing Arts - musical theatre, drama, circus arts and technical theatre
Dance - ballet, tap, jazz & modern
Music - private lessons in all instruments and classes
Art - all media
Enrichment Day -offering class choices in the arts & STEM in the daytime for home schoolers and Academy students.
Adult classes - dance, art, music, and developing
DaySpring Academy - a non traditional accredited Academy, PreK thru high school in a university model format.
Today the school is home to nearly 750 students, with a structured multi-disciplinary arts program that emphasizes the importance of technical excellence and character training.
School Sponsorship and Affiliation
DaySpring Arts & Education is an independent non profit organization. We are governed by a board of directors, and a wonderful administrative staff serves us professionally. Tuition, grants and donations have been our main source of income, and we receive gifts from individuals and businesses in the community. There are different levels of sponsorship at which one may participate including one time modest gifts, pledges and individual and corporate sponsorship on an annual basis.