About PYD: Portland Youth Dance was founded in 1998, in recognition of the need to provide intermediate and advanced level young dancers with opportunity for performance without competition. Over the years, PYD has developed and maintains a “No Star, All Star” philosophy. Dancers are offered opportunities in diverse styles of dance that challenge their abilities while inviting their own creative process to emerge. It is our commitment to recognize that each dancer brings his or her own unique artistic integrity to the company. Each dancer not only feels valued but is valued.
While most of the dancers spend hours per week perfecting their craft, PYD’s expectation is to be the best by allowing every dancer to exhibit their best self, not just as dancers, but as people. They are encouraged to reach out and support younger or less experienced dancers in both the PYD organization and in the greater dance community. They bring their talents into the community where they provide free dance classes through the PYD Outreach program, for kids who otherwise may not have the opportunity to take formal dance classes. PYD has discovered that there are great rewards to be gained from youth teaching youth. These dancers are giving, but are also getting the invaluable experiences of leadership, team building, and cultivating new friendships.
Part of the PYD mission is to raise funds for annual scholarships for dance classes given to dancers in need.
Portland Youth Dance seeks to cultivate artistic and personal growth for youth while striving for creative excellence in dance. Our expectation is to provide a respectful environment where dancers are challenged to work hard and build character with commitment, passion, and joy.
Company: For High Intermediate and Advanced Dancers, ages 12 & up, by audition. Class requirement is a minimum of one Ballet class, two additional technique* classes per week at Casco Bay Movers or another studio. Rehearsals are held on Saturday’s, 12:30-4:30 pm, from September to June.
Company II: For Intermediate Dancers, ages 10 & up, by audition. Class requirement is a minimum of one Ballet class and one additional technique* class at Casco Bay Movers or another studio. Rehearsals are held on Friday’s, 3:30-5:30 pm, from September to June.
*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.
Crew: For High Intermediate and Advanced Hip Hop Dancers, ages 10 & up, by audition. Class recommendation is one Level 2 Hip Hop or higher class per week and one additional urban class such as Freestyle or Breakdance at Casco Bay Movers or equivalent at another studio. Rehearsals will be held on Thursday’s, 3:30-5:30 pm, from September to June.
Dancers in all companies work with guest choreographers, participate in community outreach programming and perform in several shows including throughout the year. For more detailed information please visit Portland Youth Dance or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Need-based scholarships are available and there is no fee to audition!