J-DAPA is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization based in Smithfield, Rhode Island that was founded in 2007 with the goal of providing affordable access to the performing arts. We offer programs for ages 3 to adult which include dance classes in lyrical, ballet, tap, hip – hop, jazz and acro, as well as acting classes and singing lessons.

“Find a group of people who challenge and inspire you, spend a lot of time with them, and it will change your life.”

~ Amy Poehler

How You Can Help

Donate or Advertise

Make a donation
We are a 501c3 organization, so your donation is tax-deductible and will be used to make the arts more accessible for students in our program.
Place an advertisement
We are currently not accepting any applications for advertisements. Please check back soon!
Become a sponsor
If you are interested in sponsoring a future production, contact us!

Attend Events

The best way to support our mission is to come see our shows and attend our fundraisers and other special events! We pride ourselves on producing high-quality theatrical performances that are affordable to all. Throughout our season, we host numerous fundraisers in order to offset production costs and allow us to continue producing the shows we love! Our staff spans a wide range of ages and backgrounds, and we truly believe that there is something for everyone in each of our seasons. We are immensely grateful for the support of our audiences.

Hand holding a program for J-DAPA's production of Radiant Vermin; February 2024

Ron Tellier and DJ Warren constructing the sound booth in the Johnston High School auditorium, 2012.

Volunteer With Us

We are always looking for volunteers to assist with scenic construction and painting, front-of-house staff (ushers, raffle and concession sales) for shows, and more! Please send us an email if you are interested!


Stay Informed

Following us on social media is a great way to support our company and stay up-to-date on our upcoming events! If you’d prefer to get our news directly in your inbox, subscribe to our monthly email newsletter, which features previews of upcoming events and sometimes even discounted tickets!


Spread the Word

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