Twenty years ago, Elmbrook Church in Brookfield, Wisconsin asked one professional dancer to add life to a Sunday worship service through dance.  One dancer turned into five, and a new level of artistry began to enhance the rhythm of worship at Elmbrook. 


In 2002, Steps of Grace Ballet School, under the direction of Alyce Roeder, opened its doors as a ministry of Elmbrook Church with just one small class of students.  


As the school grew, teaching faculty expanded, and in 2007 Steps of Grace performed its first full-scale theatrical production. Many life-giving productions, countless ministry opportunities, and hundreds of children had the gift of dance and the love of God infused into their lives.  


We are grateful that God allowed us to partner with Elmbrook for 15 years to further His kingdom--and that Steps of Grace had such a positive impact on families, the church, and the community.  

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We desire to train, equip, and encourage students in the love of Christ through the gift of dance


Our purpose is to teach with integrity and excellence, with the goal of using the vehicle of dance to further the Kingdom of God. 


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Fast forward to 2018: our organization grew and launched out from Elmbrook Church to be an independent school with a new name.  Acts 17:28 Dance embraces the same calling to disciple students in their faith in Jesus Christ through high-level training in classical ballet and other dance forms. 

At Acts 17:28 Dance, located within St. Luke Church, your student will experience an uplifting environment with encouraging staff, and will be taught dance in age-appropriate ways.  Our commitment to families is to  provide high-quality dance instruction and to equip your student to express their love of God through the gift of dance, while honoring Him in our music selections and attire.


We desire to keep our costs down to provide families with the opportunity to participate in the school and in outreach opportunities that exhibit our core values:

  • Love one another (John 13:34)

  • Forgive one another (Ephesians 4:32)

  • Be kind and compassionate to one another (Ephesians 4:32)

  • Serve one another (Galatians 5:13)

  • Encourage one another (Hebrews 3:13)

  • Respect one another (1 Peter 2:17)

  • Pray for one another (James 5:16)


Acts 17:28 Dance wouldn't be possible without teamwork.  We partner with Meraki Tent, a not-for-profit organization, to help bring a discipleship aspect to what we focus on at Acts 17:28 Dance.  Collaborative craft projects that support our monthly memory verse are part of the normal rhythm for students at Acts Dance. 


We'd like to thank St. Luke Catholic Church for the generous use of their facilities and the following organizations for their support.