What is it?

The ELITE Retreat is a 4-day summer intensive hosted by Changing Lives in Allen, Texas at the Academy of Dance Arts. The Retreat gives dancers a one on one training experience from some of the top educators in the business. The Retreat offers:

  • 20 hours of dance training
  • Acting classes
  • Motivational seminars
  • Heart to heart with our faculty
  • Game night
  • Non-dancing talent show
  • Solo showcase with live feedback
  • Scholarship opportunities
  • Parent Q and A
  • Teacher seminars
  • Pool Party


The ELITE Retreat was founded and is directed by Kim McSwain. Kim has searched across the country for top educators to teach along side her. The Retreat is proud to announce Ricky Maalouf, Michelle Dawley, Greg Dolbashian, and Makenzie Dustman as our faculty for 2018.


Tuition for The ELITE Retreat 4-day summer event is $650. Early bird registration goes through April first and is $550. Tuition is nonrefundable; however, a credit may be used for another ELITE event in case of an emergency.
Registration is now open! Click here to register.

Registration Desk

At Registration you will receive an I.D. name tag and schedule for the week. If you have ANY questions throughout the week, please don't hesitate to visit us at the Registration Desk for help! You will be able to purchase merchandise and sign up for future ELITE events.

Solo Showcase

Any Retreat dancer attendee is welcome to participate in the Solo Showcase on Saturday, July 14th. Solos may be in any style of dance, under 3 minutes. Miss Kim and the Retreat faculty will award Full, Half and $200 Scholarship to the 2019 ELITE Retreat Summer Event. You may register for a solo prior to the event for $75. We will also accept entries at the door. Limited space is available. To Register please contact Lindsey at Click Here


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Upcoming Classes

February 3rd- The Syllabus- Kim McSwain Steps N Motion / The Syllabus- Lindsey Pettus XD2 Dance

February 7th- Kim McSwain's chats with Clint Salter on Transform my Dance Studio Podcast

February 14h-15th- The Syllabus- Kim McSwain Nebraska Dance

February 16th-17th- The Syllabus- Ricky Maalouf Steps N Motion

February 28th- Ricky Maalouf Kim Massey Dance Productions

March 4th- The ELITE Spring Break Allen, Texas

March 6th- Kim McSwain DCC Technique workshop

March 26th- Kim McSwain's chats with Clint Salter on Transform my Dance Studio Podcast

March 30th-31st- The Syllabus- Lindsey Pettus Kim Massey Dance Productions

April 5th- 7th- The Syllabus- Kim McSwain The Dancer's Edge

April 14th-15th- The MOVEMENT Touch of Class

April 27th-29th- The MOVEMENT Nebraska Dance

May 11th-12th- Th Syllabus- Kim McSwain Steps N Motion

May 18th-20th- The MOVEMENT Heidi Knight School of Dance