Dance E.L.I.T.E. Performance Academy (D.E.P.A.), under the direction of Samara Tillman, is Columbus’ premiere dance studio that prides itself on providing quality instruction in a welcoming yet challenging environment, while keeping the whole student in mind. The mission of Dance ELITE Performance Academy is to enrich the lives of the people in our community through the art and discipline of dance. Dance E.L.I.T.E. offers a wide range of classes but is most known for its emphasis on contemporary, hip hop, jazz, and competitive dance. The members of the D.E.P.A. Competition Team have won countless awards and community recognition for the passion they portray through their gift of dance. The students of D.E.P.A. are not only encouraged to work hard to become the best dancers they are capable of being, and positive community contributors. The teachers and staff at D.E.P.A. are committed to offering dance instruction that inspires, builds confidence in developing the “Superstar” within. Our dance program focuses on strengthening each dancer’s technique individually and giving them countless opportunities to showcase their talent to the world.