2020-21 Young Dance Class Program

Young Dance offers Creative Movement, Modern, Ballet, Choreography, Hip Hop, Afro-Modern, Dance and Technology, Conditioning, and All abilities dancing for indiviudals living with and without disibilities. Students of all levels and backgrounds enjoy our collaborative and creative approach to dance! Young Dance is committed to making dance accessible to all interested participants. 
Young Dance teaching artists are professional dancers, choreographers, and experienced educators who teach with innovation, collaboration, and thoughtful attention to every dancer in the room.
Our academic year programming runs September 16, 2020 through May 27, 2021. Dancers in classes have the opportunity to perform throughout the year. Informal community events are scheduled at the end of Fall and Winter trimesters. Our annual, culminating Spring showcase, called the Spring Round Up, is scheduled in May and invites dancers in Creative Movement and older classes to perform. These performances showcase what the dancers have been working on in their classes. Dance Together and Family Dance participants will have an in-class celebration scheduled the last day of each trimester. 

Trimester Dates & Curriculum Themes  

  • FALL: Dancing our Roots: Connecting Form and History, September 16-November 21, 2020

  • WINTER: A Body in Motion: Embodying science and the science in our bodies, November 30- February 27, 2021

  • SPRING: Where we Stand: Moving through and being moved by our environment, March 1- May 22, 2021


Holiday Calendar 

  • Classes begin Wednesday, September 16, 2020
  • Fall Break: Classes will not be held Wednesday, October 14 - Saturday, October 17, 2020 
  • Thanksgiving Holiday: Classes will not be held Monday, November 23- Saturday, November 28, 2020
  • Holiday Break: Wednesday, December 16- Saturday, January 2, 2021
  • Winter Break: No classes held Saturday, February 13-  Tuesday, February 18, 2021
  • Spring Break: Classes will not be held Monday, April 5 - Saturday, April 11, 2021



  • Fall Session program registration is open! Please continue to our secure REGISTRATION page for program details and to register. 


Distance Learning and Fall 2020 Safety Plan

The safety of our staff, students, families, and the larger community is our utmost concern. With that in mind, we have made the decision to continue with distance learning in September. The Fall Session will be offered online through distance learning. Classes will be offered on a trimester schedule to offer points during the year where it will be easy to pivot to in-person or hybrid programming. Letter to our community.


Program costs are listed with class details under the REGISTRATION link. Young Dance offers multi-class discounts and scholarships. For scholarship information contact info@youngdance.org


1-3 years: Dance Together, Family Dance
3-5 years: Creative Movement 1, Family Dance
5-7 years: Creative Movement 2, Family Dance, Let's Get Movin' 
7-9 years: Modern 1, Ballet, Let's Get Movin', All Abilities Dancing 1, Choreography, Company
9-11 years: Modern 2, Ballet, Let's Get Movin', Afro-Modern, Hip Hop, All Abilities Dancing 1, Dance and Technology, Choreography, Conditioning, Company
11-14 years: Modern 3, Contemporary Technique Studies, Hip Hop, Afro-Modern, Dance and Technology, All Abilities Dancing 2, Choreography, Conditioning, Company
14- 18 years: Modern 4, Modern 5 (by recommendation), Contemporary Technique Studies, Hip Hop, Afro-Modern, All Abilities Dancing 2, Choreography, Conditioning, Company
18 and older: All Abilities Dancing 2, Conditioning


Create! Dance and Photography Workshop

Ages: 8-15
When: Friday October 9, 16, 23
Time: 4:30-6:00 p.m. 
Location: The workshop will be held outdoors at Como Park. Participants will meet at the Como Park Butterfly Lot for drop off and pick up. 
Experience the joy and fun of dance, while learning the elements of photography and how images can inspire choreography and creativity! Each class will consist of a group photo walk to help participants focus on their photography goals and let them practice the new skills they’ve learned. During these photo walks, they will develop and hone their visual acuity, looking for light, shadows, shapes, and more. The participants will then apply the elements of photography to movement scores and short, informal and sometimes improvised, dance performances. The artists will work to explore and integrate principles of dance and photography to make creations that are both physically and visually exciting! 
The workshop will be lead by Young Dance teaching artist and professional photographer Blake Nellis. 
To register: Log into the Young Dance registration site. 


Dance Together

Ages: 1-3 with caregiver (crawlers and walkers welcome)
Children and their caregivers discover the joys of movement through movement games, stories, and songs. More Information
Fall Session:
  • Monday, 5:15-5:45 p.m.
  • Friday, 10:15-10:45 a.m.
Winter & Spring Session: 
  • Monday, 5:15-6:00 p.m.
  • Friday, 10:15-11:00 a.m.

Creative Movement I

Ages: 3-5 (Pre-K)
Exploration, improvisation, and expression through movement. Children develop large and fine motor skills, as well as coordination, rhythm, teamwork, and listening skills. More Information
Fall Session:
  • Monday, 4:15-4:45 p.m.
  • Wednesday, 4:30-5:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, 10:15-10:45 a.m.
  • Saturday, 9:30-10:00 a.m.
Winter & Spring Session: 
  • Monday, 4:15-5:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, 4:30-5:15 p.m.
  • Thursday, 10:15-11:00 a.m.
  • Saturday, 9:15-10:00 a.m.

Creative Movement II

Ages: 5-7 (K-1)
Exploration of dance language through improvisation and creative movement games, students are exposed to class structure, complex routines, and acquire a deeper understanding of the dance concepts Space, Time, Body, Effort, Movement, and Form. More Information
Fall Session: 
  • Monday, 6:00-6:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, 4:30-5:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, 10:15-10:45 a.m.
Winter & Spring Session:  
  • Monday, 6:00-6:45 p.m.
  • Wednesday, 4:30-5:15 p.m.
  • Saturday, 10:15-11:00 a.m.

Let's Get Movin'

Ages: 6-9 (grades 1-3)
This class focuses on dance elements emphasized in teamwork, partnering and creativity while providing a foundation in Modern dance that is non-gendered specific. Dancers will experience an exciting full-bodied movement class exploring a roller coaster ride of movement fun! Come swing, roll, jump, express, create, and sweat while learning the freedom and enjoyment of dance. More Information
Fall Session:
  • Thursday, 5:00-5:45 p.m.
Winter & Spring Session:  
  • Thursday, 5:00-6:00 p.m.


Family Dance

Ages: 1-6 with caregiver (crawlers and walkers welcome) 
Children and their caregivers discover the joys of dance through movement games, stories, and songs. These early classes introduce children to group learning environments, while using movement to develop strong bonds with their caregivers and cooperatively work with others in the class. Children also develop large and fine motor skills in classes that emphasize observation, exploration, manipulation, imitation, and repetition. Carve out space in your schedule, to bring dance in your home for a special time of dancign together. More Information 
*1/third off of tuition for each additional sibling or family member who joins. Tuition is calculated per little dancer. Grown-ups are free. 
Fall Session:
  • Tuesday 5:00-5:30 p.m.
Winter & Spring Session:  
  • Tuesday 5:00-5:45 p.m


Modern 1

Ages: 7-9 (grades 2-3)
Introduction to modern Dance, through improvisation and technique. Explores concepts of Space, Time, Body, Effort, Movement, and Form. Students develop listening skills, problem solving skills, perception and evaluation skills, and teamwork through large and small group activities.
Fall Session:
  • Tuesday, 6:00-6:45 p.m.
Winter & Spring Session:  
  • Tuesday, 6:00-7:00 p.m.

Modern 2

Ages: 9-11 (grades 4-5)
Modern dance learning through technique, improvisation, and choreography. More Information
Fall Session:
  • Tuesday, 6:15-7:15 p.m.
Winter & Spring Session:  
  • Tuesday, 6:15-7:45 p.m.

Modern 3

Ages: 11-14 (grades 6-7)
Explores modern dance concepts of Space, Time, Body, Effort, Movement, and Form, but with a strong emphasis on working together. Developing teamwork and collaborative skills. More Information
Fall Session:
  • Thursday, 6:15-7:15 p.m.
Winter & Spring Session:  
  • Thursday, 6:15-8:15 p.m.

Modern 4 & 5

Ages: 14-18 (grades 8-12)
Modern dance concepts of Space, Time, Body, Effort, Movement, and Form with technical rigor and deep creativity. Confidence and self-awareness are key themes, along with empathy, embodiment, and energetic expression. This class explores elements of teamwork and leadership with an emphasis on exploring the self and articulating self-expression. *Registration for Modern 5 is by recommendation only. 
Fall Session:
  • Modern 4: Thursday, 6:15-7:15 p.m.
  • Modern 5: Thursday, 6:15-7:15 p.m.
Winter & Spring Session:  
  • Modern 4: Thursday, 6:15-8:15 p.m.
  • Modern 5: Thursday, 6:15-8:15 p.m.

Contemporary Technique Studies

Ages: 12-18
This class focuses on the comprehensive instruction of Contemporary Ballet and Modern Dance technique: Alignment, Momentum, Shape, and Breath. An in-depth exploration of floor work and locomotive phrases will be explored, as well as, technique and skill building. More Information
Fall Session:
  • Saturday, 10:15-11:15 a.m.
Winter & Spring Session:  
  • Saturday, 10:15-11:30 a.m.

Hip Hop 1 & 2

Hip Hop 1, Ages: 8-13
Hip Hop 2, Ages: 14-18
This class is full of energetic choreography that offers a glimpse into the history of Hip Hop, including the styles that created and made hip hop so popular (i.e. breaking, popping, locking, and house). 
Fall, Winter, & Spring Session:
  • Hip Hop 1 Monday, 6:00-7:00 p.m. 
  • Hip Hop 2 Monday, 7:00-8:00 p.m. 

Ballet (from a body-positive, somatic perspective)

Ages: 7-11
Basic ballet skills, terminology, rhythm, and coordination will be taught with an emphasis on body-positive awareness to skill building, flexibility and coordination. Students will be introduced to spatial awareness, musicality, steps, and alignment particular to performing ballet technique.
Fall Session:
  • Tuesday 5:00-5:45 p.m.
Winter & Spring Session:  
  • Tuesday 5:00-6:00 p.m.

All Abilities Dancing 1

Ages: 7-11
Creative Dance for youth living with and without disabilities. This class will focus on positive body awareness, creativity, teamwork, motor coordination, and personal expression.
Fall Session:
  • Wednesday 5:30-6:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, 11:15-12:00 p.m. - This section will be offerd online only through distance learning for Fall, Winter, & Spring Sessions.
Winter & Spring Session:  
  • Wednesday 5:30-7:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, 11:15-12:00  - This section will be offerd online only through distance learning for Fall, Winter, & Spring Sessions.

All Abilities Dancing 2

Ages: 11 and Older
Participants develop skills of improvisation, partnering, and choreography with an emphasis on communication, collaboration, and performance. 
Fall Session:
  • Wednesday 5:30-6:30 p.m.
Winter & Spring Session:  
  • Wednesday 5:30-7:00 p.m.



Ages: 11 and Older
Based in rhythms from Africa and the diaspora, Afro-Modern Dance is a contemporary class where dancers explore full body expression rooted in West African, Caribbean, and American dance traditions. Focus on wellness, community, improvisation, and fluidity across movement styles.
Fall, Winter, & Spring: 
  • Wednesday 7:15-8:15 p.m.


Ages: 7-18
This course will introduce choreographers to both the exploration of the choreographic process and the tools used in choreography. Choreographers will learn dance-making through improvisation, activities, and discussion. Participants who sign up for the class for all three trimesters; Fall, Winter, Spring, will have the opporunity to create a dance for the Company Spring concert at The Lab theater, April 30-May 1, 2021. *Registration for Choreography 2 is by recommendation only. 
Fall, Winter, & Spring: 
  • Choreography 1, Saturday 2:00-3:00 p.m.
  • Choreography 2, Thursday 5:00-6:00 p.m.

Dance & Technology: Screen Dance  

Ages: 10-18
Instruction in the dance form that combines videography, direction, choreography, dancing, and creativity.
This class will be offerd online only through distance learning for Fall, Winter, & Spring Sessions. 
Fall, Winter, & Spring: 
  • Thursday, 10:15-11:15 a.m.

Conditioning with Push Fitness!   

Ages: 10 and Older (Families encouraged) 
Young Dance and Push Fitness are teaming up to offer a family conditioning class for dancers and dance enthusiasts. This class, taught by Janine from Push Fitness, will introduce a conditioning regimen that will allow dancers the opportunity to build strength and stamina to complement their dance training and, prevent injuries. 
*1/third off of tuition for each additional family member who joins.
Fall, Winter, & Spring: 
  • Friday, 4:00-5:00 p.m.