Congresswomen Maxine Waters  Debbie Allen (photo by Lee Tonks Photography)





April 9 brought the illustrious grand opening of the Rhimes Performing Arts Center (RPAC) by the Debbie Allen Dance Academy (DADA).  

The new Los Angeles building is a two-story 24,000 square foot complex adjacent to Koreatown. The structure includes five dance studios, including one equipped for aerial training, a 200-seat performance space, as well as classrooms designed by global architecture, design, and planning firm, Gensler.  

Gensler partnered with DADA to design a top-tier arts venue that supports their commitment to expanding the reach of dance and theater arts to enrich the lives of young dancers in the Greater Los Angeles area.   

The evening featured performances by Tony, Grammy, Emmy and NAACP Award winner, Billy Porter (Kinky Boots, Pose), world-renowned American mezzo-soprano Denyce Graves, Tiler Peck (NYC Ballet), female tap sensations Chloe Arnold’s Syncopated Ladies, and DADA Ensemble.  

Phylicia Rashad and Debbie Allen (Photo by Lee Tonks Photography)

Other public officials, such as Los Angeles City Councilmember Herb Wesson, Congresswomen Maxine Waters, and Los Angeles mayoral candidate, Karen Bass, were also in attendance to support Allen and Rhimes’ partnership.  

“This (RPAC) is an anchor of the community,” said Waters during the event, “and it’s a place where the children can look forward to going to. A lot of schools do not have art, they do not have music, they do not have dance. This will now be a place where they can look forward to developing their talents.” 

“Some of our kids have impeccable talents and all they need is a vessel to set that rocket off,“ stated Councilmember Wesson. “To have people like Debbie [in this community] who are genuine, reward our kids with skills and knowledge … puts them on a launching pad right here.”  


DADA will be hosting opportunities throughout the summer where dancers can join their programs and possibly visit the Rhimes Performing Arts Center. To keep up with Debbie Allen Dance Academy visit: