Our Mission: Education, Innovation, Outreach

Riverfront Performing Arts was created in the summer of 2016 to fill a need in the greater Mankato area for  year-long children's theatre instruction and performance opportunities, innovative music education, and dance classes in varied disciplines. We are committed to excellence with our professional teaching staff, affordability with family friendly graduated  tuition rates and diversity within our student body. We will build on the  strong foundation of Fine Arts School of Ballet (established 2007), expanding its mission of "Educating the Child as Dancer, the Dancer as Artist, the Artist as Contributor to the Community" to all ages and all of  the performing arts. We are dedicated to serving the  entire community and giving  professional instruction and attention to both the once a week student and the pre-professional.


Why  Riverfront?

Read our resumes. We pride ourselves in having the most professional staff in the area, from young working artists with fresh and original teaching styles to seasoned professionals with over 30 years performing and teaching experience.

We are a small studio with more performance opportunities for all students. We value all equally from the aspiring professional to the once a week student. All 


We have a professional conservatory atmosphere with theatre and dance students working alongside each other.

We excel. In our oldest division, dance, students have been accepted to elite  programs such as the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, American Ballet Theatre and North Carolina School of the Arts. They have danced professionally in companies such as Minnesota Dance Theatre, Continental Ballet, Madison Ballet, St. Paul Ballet, and Danny Burcheski's JazzDance. 

We have the area's most family friendly tuition rates.  A single advanced student may take as many classes as she wishes for only $160/month.  Whereas families with 2 children at the highest level would be paying over $400/month at another school, our tuition: $220/month. Add a little sibling with two classes/week  and instead of approximating $500, our tuition for the entire family is capped at $220. Boys’ ballet classes are entirely free at all levels and additional classes are also more affordable due to our graduated tuition rates.  We have the area’s only reduced tuition for all families eligible for the federal school reduced and free lunch program. Tuition for the entire family is capped at $80/month. Our home school and music classes are equally affordably priced.

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155 Chestnut St.

Mankato, MN 56001