How the Academy can help You raise a smarter kid.

Thank you for raising your hand and letting up know that you’re interested in raising smarter kids.  We’ve been helping parents just like YOU raise smart kids through the arts since 2001.

—> If you want to boost your child’s learning, then you’re in the right place.

—> If you’re not seeing your child thrive in school like you know they can, you’re also in the right place.

—>If you’re looking give your child an advantage in school and in life, you’re definitely in the right place.

Each of us learns differently.  Some of us learn best through reading and writing (linguistic intelligence), others of us learn by doing (kinesthetic intelligence), and yet others of us learn by logic (logical/mathematical intelligence).  No matter your child’s dominant intelligence, the arts can unleash your child’s unique genius and we’re here to help.  Having teachers that understand that learning is not one size fits all and that tailor classes to meet the need of all the students in the class is key.  Together we can raise kids that are armed with the skills to be successful today and to create jobs by becoming the leaders of tomorrow!
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We believe that every student that comes through our doors is a genius!  Each has an amazing SUPER POWER (or intelligence) and it’s through the arts these super powers can be unleashed.  Whether your child learns best through kinesthetically (through movement), visually, or mathematically, the arts can help to nurture and develop that SUPER POWER.  We believe that parents want the best for their kids and we’ve been put on this planet to help you achieve just that.  Join us and let us help YOU raise a smart kid through the arts!

Here’s the deal:

Parenting is tougher than ever these days.  With society and media pushing our kids to grow up faster than ever it’s no wonder that parents are looking for activities to keep their kids busy.

If kids are busy, they’ll stay out of trouble.  Right?  Well, not always. 

In our quest to keep our kids busy, it’s easy to find activities that are short lived, low-commitment, low-cost, and convenient.

What do these types of activities teach our kids?

While there are many after school activities that vie for your limited time and family finances, you need to ask some tough questions about those activities.

  • Are they helping your child improve brain development which assists them in boosting their academic achievement achievement?
  • Are those activities contributing to your child’s future self?
  • Do they instill values such as leadership, confidence, and self-worth?
  • Is your child a better individual for having participated in that activity?

If you’ve answered ‘yes’ to each of those questions, congratulations!  If not, you owe it to your child now and the future adult he or she will become to seek activities that propel them towards the future and their success.  Join us today and invest in your child’s future today!

When you seek activities for your child, don’t forget to consider HOW your child learns. 


How will the arts benefit your child? 

Did you know?  According to the International Child Art Foundation, “research indicates that a child who is exposed to the arts will have a better chance to grow up to be more creative, imaginative, expressive, confident, self-reliant and critically thinking.”

* Young people who participate in the arts are:

  • 4 times more likely to be recognized for academic achievement
  • 3 times more likely to be elected to class office within their schools
  • 4 times more likely to participate in a math and science fair
  • 3 times more likely to win an award for school attendance
  • 4 times more likely to win an award for writing an essay or poem

* Young Dancers and artists, as compared with their peers, are likely to:

  • Attend music, art and dance classes nearly three times as frequently
  • Participate in youth groups nearly four times as frequently
  • Read for pleasure nearly twice as often
  • Perform community service more than four times as often

Elko Arts Academy story

Joy.  Confidence.  Freedom.  Critical thinking.  Expressiveness.  Creativity.  Engagement.  Purpose.  Superpowers.

Every day, I see these dynamic qualities emerging in our students.  My name it Yong Pratt, owner of the Academy, and I want to share our story with you.

After graduating from the University of Reno and completing an 18-month tour of North America and Europe with Up With People, I returned to Elko.

Within months of unpacking my suitcase, I felt that something important was missing in my life.  I needed to do more, to be part of something bigger than me, and most of all, I longed to return to dance.  To me dance was the one place that I could express myself wholly and be true to my authentic self.

I discovered quickly that opportunities for adults in dance were non-existent in our community.  I began offering dance classes at Great Basin College and found my true calling – teaching.  Soon after, with encouragement from my family, friends, and GBC students, I opened the doors to Elko Arts Academy, formerly Perpetual Motion, in 2001.

While the Academy began as a dance school, we have since expanded into a school for the performing arts offering music, acting, acrobatic arts, and karate.  What I have discovered along the way is that dance is not the path for everyone, learning is certainly not one size fits all, and my personal mission is to unleash each student’s unique “superpower.”

Every day, I have the distinct privilege of witnessing the incredible power the arts provide in our students’ lives. To see the joy in a young dancers eyes as she leaps across the floor uninhibited; to watch the complete transformation from a shy child to a confident performer; or to witness our teachers fostering the next generation of leaders are reasons why we continue to create opportunities in the arts.

I am truly blessed to be living a life rich in the arts.  I would be honored to be part of your transformative journey of unleashing your chid’s superpowers to help you raise a smart kid through the arts!

See you soon!

Join the Academy family today and unleash YOUR child’s super powers!

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