Portland Youth Dance, An Intensive Program for Dancers 10-18 Years

Portland Youth Dance Company & Crew will hold an Info Session for interested dancers and families on Friday, May 7th from 5:30-6 pm at Casco Bay Movers.

What is Portland Youth Dance?  Portland Youth Dance (PYD) is the resident youth company at Casco Bay Movers, offering pre-professional dance training to dedicated dancers ages 10-18 years.  PYD has two main tracks; Company which focuses on modern, jazz, and contemporary forms, and Crew, which focuses on hip hop forms. PYD was founded in 1998 as an alternative to competitive dance and is a 501(c)(3) organization run by a volunteer Board of Directors. PYD has a robust community class program, which provides access to free dance classes.

Who can join PYD?  Dancers ages 10-18 who are passionate about their dance form, eager to create, work hard, and collaborate with peers.  There are 2 levels of Crew and Company, providing the opportunity for appropriate challenge, support, and growth. Dancers do not have to be enrolled at Casco Bay Movers to participate in PYD.  They do, however, need to take equivalent classes at another studio, in order to support their work in rehearsals.  More specific details can be found below.

How can I be a part of PYD?  Interested dancers are encouraged to attend PYD’s free audition on Sunday, May 16th.  Pre-register for the May 16th audition by filling out this form no later than May 10th.   Dancers will be notified of their designated audition time on May 12th.

What does PYD cost?  Portland Youth Dance has separate tuition from classes at Casco Bay Movers.  PYD tuition is inclusive of regular, weekly rehearsals, guest choreographers, PYD workshops, costumes, tickets to professional performances, and travel for education when permitted.

Need-based scholarships are available and there is no fee to audition.  Scholarship/Sponsorship Applications are available here and are due on June 30, 2021.

Pre-register for the May 16th audition by filling out this form no later than May 10th. 

Recent & Upcoming performances: 

PYD has been busy in the studios working toward outdoor live performances this spring! Stay tuned for more information.

Portland Youth Dance Companies & Crew collaborated with Minnesota-based artist, Tristan Koepke, on a dance made for film.

Portland Youth Dance Companies and Crews performed in Casco Bay Movers’ virtual Holiday Show on Sunday, December 13th.

Portland Youth Dance Company & Crew participated in Fall into Art at Collective Motion Arts Center on Saturday, October 17th.

Portland Youth Dance Community Classes:  

Saturdays at Casco Bay Movers, 517 Forest Avenue, Portland 

11:45 am – 12:30 pm | 8-16 Yrs Hip Hop

11:45 am – 12:30 pm | 5 – 12 Yrs Ballet

Casco Bay Movers Dance Studio, 517 Forest Ave, Portland 

These classes are open to 5-16-year-olds.  Pre-registration is required via email to elizabeth@portlandyouthdance.com. Space is limited and offered on a first-come, first-served basis.

Company:  For High Intermediate and Advanced Dancers, ages 12 & up, by audition.  The class requirement is a minimum of one ballet class, two additional technique classes such as modern, jazz, contemporary, hip hop, or tap per week at Casco Bay Movers or another studio. Rehearsals are held on Saturdays, 12:30-4:30 pm, from September to June.

Company II:  For Intermediate Dancers, ages 10 & up, by audition.  The class requirement is a minimum of one ballet class and one additional technique class such as modern, jazz, contemporary, hip hop, or tap cat Casco Bay Movers or another studio.  Rehearsals are held on Saturdays, 12:30-2:30 pm, from September to June.

Crew:  For Intermediate and Advanced Hip Hop Dancers, ages 12 & up, by audition. The class recommendation is one hip hop class per week and one additional class such as freestyle hip hop, modern, jazz, contemporary, or tap Casco Bay Movers or at another studio. Rehearsals will be held on Fridays, 4-6 pm, from September to June.

Crew II:  For Intermediate and Advanced Hip Hop Dancers, ages 10 & up, by audition. The class recommendation is one hip hop class per week and one additional class such as freestyle hip hop, modern, jazz, contemporary, or tap Casco Bay Movers or at another studio. Rehearsals will be held on Fridays, 4-6 pm, from September to June.

For more detailed information please visit Portland Youth Dance or email kate@portlandyouthdance.com.

Need-based scholarships are available and there is no fee to audition!

Casco Bay Movers and Portland Youth Dance do not discriminate by gender, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, or creed.  This is expressed in equal opportunities for participation and involvement.  We believe in a diverse world and know that our community is stronger when our doors are open to all.