Student Assistants & Student Ambassadors

DDA Leadership Academy

"If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become are a leader."


We strongly believe in providing our students with opportunities to gain leadership skills, and especially encourage our young girls who may have entrepreneurial dreams! The skills and lessons they will gain from these roles are qualities they will carry with them throughout their lives. That is why we offer our students the following opportunities. It is the DDA way. Read on to learn more.

Student Assistants

Student Assistants assist the instructor with classes and receive hands on teacher training. This is a great opportunity to learn how teachers plan before class, run class, and all the in’s and out’s of teaching and working at a studio! We may also ask for Assistants for special events and birthday parties.


Once you are 16 years old (or 15 with a work permit) and have completed at least three full years of assisting and ambassador duties, you are eligible to become an Studio Assistant. You will assist with duties around the studio, as well as have opportunities to sub classes and do more on your own. Oh - and you receive a paycheck! You become an official DDA employee.

Click HERE for Student Assistant overview and application.

Student Ambassadors

Student Ambassadors assist around the studio and at events by: being greeters during the first week of classes, activity assistants at festival booths, behind the scenes during recital time, assist with giving back and volunteer initiatives at the studio...and any other odds and ends that come up throughout the year. Do you dream of owning a studio one day or love being a leader? Then this is a program for you!

Click HERE for Student Ambassador overview and application

Studio Assistants

Studio Assistants are dancers who have been part of the Leadership Academy for at least two years. They are at least 15 years old and must be invited to become a Studio Assistant - it should not be expected after two years, it definitely is a prestigious honor that is earned.