Company & Crew Auditions (ages 10-18) Saturday, June 8th
~No fee to audition. Need-based scholarships are available ~
3:00-4:00 PM | Crew (urban styles)
4:15-5:30 PM | Company & Company II (technique-focused)
Location: Casco Bay Movers, 517 Forest Avenue, Portland
Parent & Dancer Information Session | Wednesday, May 22nd, 7-8pm | Casco Bay Movers Dance Studio
About PYD: Portland Youth Dance (PYD) was founded in 1998, in recognition of the need to provide intermediate and advanced level young dancers with an opportunity for performance without competition. PYD seeks to cultivate artistic and personal growth for youth while striving for creative excellence in dance. Dancers in all companies work with guest choreographers, participate in community outreach programming and perform in several shows throughout the year.
REQUIREMENTS – PYD Company
For high intermediate and advanced dancers aged 12 – 18, trained in multiple dance techniques.
Minimum of four continuous years of dance training is required, both technical and urban.
Concurrent requirements are a minimum of three classes per week; Ballet and two additional technique classes*.
Weekly rehearsals Saturday afternoons 12:30 – 4:30 pm
REQUIREMENTS – PYD Company 2
For intermediate dancers aged 10 – 18, trained in multiple dance techniques.
Minimum of two continuous years of dance training is required, both technical and urban.
Concurrent requirements are a minimum of two classes per week; Ballet, and one additional technique class*.
Weekly rehearsals are Fridays 3:30-5: 30 pm
*Additional technique classes may include: Modern, Jazz, Contemporary or Ballet. Company and Company II dancers are encouraged to study urban styles such as Hip Hop and Tap, and Crew and Crew II dancers are encouraged to study technique classes in order to increase their depth of knowledge and experience. Opportunities for working with the various companies within PYD are often presented to provide those proficient in multiple styles the chance to further hone their craft.
REQUIREMENTS – HIP HOP CREW
For high intermediate and advanced Hip Hop dancers aged 10 – 18.
Minimum requirement of two years in Hip Hop classes suggested. Freestyle dancers encouraged to audition.
Concurrent requirements are Hip Hop and an additional urban class per week.
Weekly rehearsals will be Thursdays 3:30-5: 30 pm.
All PYD members are expected to participate in outreach, community building, and fundraising. This supports our mission statement and is expected of all members. Performance, outreach, travel and additional educational opportunities are offered to all members of PYD.
What do I need to know for the audition?
Dancers should arrive at least 15 minutes ahead of the scheduled audition to complete paperwork. The audition for Company and Company 2 will consist of a ballet barre, jazz progressions across the floor, and a modern/contemporary phrase including improvisation. Crew auditions will include hip hop and freestyle only.
Do my parents need to be there?
Parents are not required to be present unless they were not able to attend the Information Session on May 22nd.
What if I want to audition but I can’t afford it?
You can apply here for the PYD Scholarship Application: 2019/20 Scholarship Application
Deadline for the 2019/20 Scholarship Application is due on Sunday, June 30th. and is contingent on acceptance into the Portland Youth Dance program. If you have questions please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.