The Citadel Dance Center was founded in 2000 by Eileen Cropley and is located in the renovated historic Salvation Army building in the Benton Harbor Arts District. The mission of the Citadel, a nonprofit organization, is to develop the skills and character of individuals through dance education and performance, and to offer high quality dance instruction to people of all ages and ethnicity for a reasonable fee. All instructors are professionally trained dancers bringing years of experience to the program.

The Citadel Music Program was originally started in 1999 as part of the Education Program at the Salvation Army Corp Community Center in Benton Harbor. Music Director Susan Dietrich-Reed brought the program to the Citadel in September 2008, and the Citadel Dance & Music Center was born. The staff of professionally trained musicians and vocal artists provide private lessons year-round for ages 5 through adult. Kindermusik is offered in terms throughout the year for infants to children age 7.

The Citadel Dance & Music Center Board of Directors

Sven Erickson, Chair

Gail Bruce,  Vice Chair & Treasurer

Burke Morton, Secretary

Carol Johnson
Linda Folk
Bryan Tutton
Matthew Young