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The River Fine Arts

Developing God-Given Talents, One Child at a Time

At The River Fine Arts, we offer a full range of dance, music, theatre, and art classes for the entire family.

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Sign up Now for Fall Break Camps!

With the new MISD Intersession fall schedule, we will not have our regular classes Oct 18-22, but we will have a fun week of camps! 


Ages 2-8 can join us for morning, afternoon, or all-day options - and can attend one day or all five days. Each day will be themed to a different classic game and will include theatre, dance, and art instruction.


Call the studio at 432-262-0298 to register or for more information. 

Class is now in session- but you can still join!

Join us this fall for the first year of classes at The River!

With classes ranging from dance, to theatre, to art, and music- there is something for everyone!

2021-2022 Registration is Open

Looking for a creative outlet for your family? Join us at The River and you will find:

                                 * Arts education from a Christian worldview where we integrate faith and art every day in every class.

                                 * A loving, supportive environment, with class options in dance, theatre, art, and music for the entire family.

                                 * Attentive, caring instructors who are focused on their student's artistic development as well as their physical, emotional, and                                                spiritual growth.

                                 * Economical pricing for families- our registration fees cap out at $50 per family no matter how many students you have and we                                              offer discounts for 2 or more classes. Recital fees are only $70 for dancers ages 2-5 and $80 for those 6 and up.

                                * Tuition-free dance ministry classes; a program for students ages 6 and up that includes bible study, dance, and service                                                           opportunities within a weekly class where we focus on connecting faith and dance.

                                * A wide variety of classes with options for Mommy & Me, Boys dance, Preschool art exploration, combined sibling classes, and                                            much more in addition to our standard technique classes.


If you are looking for a home for your creative family, we hope you will consider The River. 

We would love to talk to you anytime to answer questions and tell you more about the studio at 432-262-0298.

Come grow at The River!

Christian Fine Arts Studio in Midland, Texas

The River offers a joy-filled, Christ-centered environment for the entire family to explore their creative sides. We love artistic expression in all forms and want to provide a place where students can nurture those expressions while also growing in their faith.


We offer technique classes in dance, theatre, music, and art for all levels from beginner to advanced- and we can't wait to create with YOU!


Come gather at the River!


Every living thing that gathers where the river goes will live... Ezek 47:9

Meet Our Owner

Lauren Knowles

Owner and Creative Director


Lauren's love for dancing began in a Mommy and Me class at the age of 2 and was fostered over the years by many wonderful teachers and experiences. Music and theatre were loved and encouraged in her family and from grade school to college she was involved in various productions. Lauren chose to pursue dance as a career and studied dance education, theatre, and psychology at Hope College in Holland, Michigan. She graduated with a B.A. degree in Dance Education for grades K to 12 and Psychology Education for grades 7 to 12. It was here that she received the tremendous gift of dancing and working with the Sacred Dance group under the love and leadership of Maxine DeBruyn which greatly shaped her views on the intersection of faith and art. Following her graduation, Lauren moved to Midland, Texas to teach dance at Art and Soul. She stayed there and eventually directed for 6 wonderful years until moving to Ohio for her husband’s new job. In 2018, Lauren and her family returned to Midland, this time for her husband to step in as the director of Christmas in Action. Believing that art is not only a wonderful tool to develop children mentally, socially, and emotionally, but also a vehicle for ministry and spiritual growth, Lauren is excited and grateful to have the opportunity to be teaching and mentoring students again.

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