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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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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, theatre performances, 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!

Classes start back Jan 9th

Not sure which class is best for your student? 

Join us the week of Jan 9th to try any of our classes- for free! 

Come on in and find the best fit for your family.

We will have an Open House Jan 13th from 3:00-6:00 PM. Stop by for projects, snacks, and program information.

Piano Lessons are coming to The River!

We are so excited to welcome Carol Hunter to The River for private piano lessons starting Jan 17th for ages 6 and up. Claim your time slot by creating or logging into your account and selecting the time that works best for you.

 Kids Create Night

Jan 20th 6:00-8:15PM


There may not be snow outside- but that doesn't mean we can't have winter fun inside!


Pre-registration required.

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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