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22nd Season!

Young Dancemakers Company, tuition-free, offering motivated urban youth an opportunity not otherwise available to them, is made possible through generous foundation funding, individual contributions and the Fieldston School. The 18-member company is selected by city-wide auditions, to which they are referred by their high school teachers. The Company members represent diverse social, economic, and ethnic backgrounds with one goal, to create and perform their own work Young Dancemakers Company is a completely free summer ensemble open to students in current grades 9-12, from public high schools throughout New York City, brought together by their love of dance and desire to create their own choreography and perform city-wide. YDC accepts a mix of experienced dance students with prior dance experience and strong dance technique, as well as highly motivated less experienced students with technical and creative potential and the desire to create original work. Students, male and female, are encouraged to apply through the recommendations of their city high school dance teachers, guidance counselors, or community center leaders. Requirements: students must be open to new ideas and ready to commit to rigorous intensive work. Acceptance is based on student potential for both artistic growth and development of skills, as well as demonstrated motivation and seriousness of purpose. The 2017 auditions are Sunday, March 5 at 12 PM Noon and will be held at New York Live Arts, 219 West 19th Street. Call-backs are Sunday, March 12 at 1 PM.

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Information for Teachers

Dear Teachers, Guidance Counselors, Principals in the NYC Public High Schools, I am happy to announce the 22nd season of Young Dancemakers Company, the renowned completely free summer dance project offered to NYC public high school students grades 9 – 12 who seek the opportunity to create and perform their own original work. The season runs from June 29-August 6, 2017. Training and rehearsals will begin in the professional studios of the 92nd Street Y, in a  collaboration with the Y’s DEL Program, and continue in the performing arts center of the Fieldston School on its campus in the Riverdale section of the Bronx. Your Students will receive:

  • Intensive training in technique, improvisation and composition
  • Multiple performance opportunities throughout the city
  • Professional Repertory work: José Limón Guest Repertory Project. Students will learn a work by José Limón.
  • Exposure to the professional world of NY dance: trips to professional NY dance concerts (free tickets), talks with choreographers, guest artist workshops, and college/career seminars

We welcome your advanced as well as your less experienced students who you think would benefit from the opportunity to choreograph and perform their own work, are open to new ideas and ready to commit to rigorous, intensive work. Please pass along the application and audition information and let us know as soon as possible. Auditions: Sunday, March 5 at 12 PM Noon At NY Live Arts 219 West 19th Street. Call-backs are Sunday, March 12 at 1 PM. Please call me with questions or to discuss individual students: (718) 329-7300 ext 3358. I know how busy everyone is during the school year, and do appreciate the time you take to be a part of this process. Sincerely, Alice Teirstein, Director