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

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 three main tracks; Company which focuses on modern, jazz, and contemporary forms; Crew, which focuses on hip hop forms and PYD 2, a training company geared toward dancers 10-13 years. 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.   In addition to the Company and Crew, we have a training group, PYD 2,  providing the opportunity for appropriate challenge, support, and growth for all students. 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, which is held in the spring.

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.

Portland Youth Dance also provides scholarships for qualified PYD Company, Crew and PYD 2 members. Scholarships are granted each year to one or several individuals who have auditioned for and been accepted into Portland Youth Dance, and who meet financial and personal criteria. This is granted each September by the Board of Directors and covers full or partial dues and fees for PYD membership. The sponsorship may cover the cost of a PYD required class, though is not guaranteed. The application deadline is June 15th, 2022 for dancers accepted into the Portland Youth Dance program.

Click here to apply online or download the Scholarship & Sponsorship Application here.

Company:  For High Intermediate and Advanced Dancers, ages 12 & up, by audition.  The class requirement is a minimum of one ballet class, and 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.

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 at Casco Bay Movers or at another studio. Rehearsals will be held on Fridays, 4:30-6:30 pm, from September to June.

PYD 2:  For beginning and intermediate dancers ages 10 & up.  Dancers will work in various forms, which will include hip hop, modern, and jazz. One additional class is required.  Rehearsals will be held on Wednesdays, 3:45-5 pm, from September to June.

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