Director’s Recap

Fall 2017

Fall has been busy and exciting for the dancers in and out of the studio!  We’ve worked with new choreographers; Garrett Minitti, Brittany Camire and Annie Kloppenberg, and welcomed returning artists; Rachel Schwartz, Skooj Core-o and Elizabeth Lau.  Fall performances have included Learning Works’ “Lights On After School,”  Cottage Street Creative Exchange’s “Black & White Gala” in Norway, Maine, and “Fall into Dance” community concert at Thornton Academy.  Outreach classes are up and running at Mayo Street Arts and at CBM with the Riverton Boys & Girls Club. Dancers have also been working with peers on their first drafts of pieces for PYD’s fifth annual student choreographer showcase which will be presented in conjunction with our annual gala event.

Late Winter 2017

We are still soaring from an awesome few months hosting our 4th annual Student Choreography Showcase, and our 5th annual Hip Hop Exchange!  Our dancers are also busy performing in shows like the Winter Choreography Showcase in Winthrop, Thorton Academy’s Student Choreography Show, The Exchange, Casco Bay Movers Cabin Fever Show and Dance Northeast.  Crew & Crew 2 will travel to Phunk Phenomenon’s studios in Everett, MA for master classes and Company & Company 2 will travel to Boston in April to see Alvin Ailey and to take classes at Greeen Street Studios and the Dance Complex.  Meanwhile we are deligently working away in the studios in preparation for our May Show held at Scarborough High School on May 13.  We are so proud of our dancers and the growth they have shown since September!


2015 Winter update

The year is flying by- in a good way. The 2nd annual student choreography show held on January 31, was an inspired evening of choreography from PYD dancers. A unique level of maturity was shown by all. The highlight was Sarah Zucchero’s senior piece “Reflecting On All Of This, I Couldn’t Have Asked For Anything Better”. Where she resurrected movement, emotions and costumes from her many years in PYD. A teary and moving moment for many. As we head into show season we are very excited to share with you all the hard work, creativity and eloquence of our 2014-15 season. Hope to see you at of our many upcoming shows.

2014 Fall update

This year 35 dancers make up Company, Company II and Crew and they are an amazing bunch of kids. This fall they came together to learn a funky piece of choreography from Static Noyze’s Artistic Director, Skooj Core-O which will debut in February. Each group performed new works in Casco Bay Movers’ Holiday show and we even found time to get together to celebrate as a big family for the holidays.

2013 Summer update
We are so excited to be dancing at the Mayo Street Arts Center this summer. This past year a wonderful relationship has developed between PYD’s Dynamix Hip Hop Crew and the outreach kids at the Mayo Street Arts center. Elizabeth Goulet and several Dynamix Crew dancers shared fun choreography with the ever growing dance community at Mayo St. The six week summer session culminated in a performance at Portland’s National Night Out. Stay tuned for fall programs at Mayo St.

2012 Fall update
Portland Youth Dance has started another exciting year! Company, Company II, and our new Hip Hop Crew Dynamix are having a great time and working hard on new choreography for our current season! We started the fall with our special Thriller Outreach, learning original choreography, teaching it to our community, and having our first ever Halloween Flashmob at the Haunted Hayrides in Scarborough, Maine.

Fall Outreach has also included a five week session of hip hop classes for kids at Mayo Street Arts in Portland, Maine, taught by Dynamix. Company dancers Grace and Eidann taught a hip hop class to STRIVE of Portland. We continue to enjoy sharing our love of dance with our community!

2012 summer update
After a summer with PYD on break, we look forward to a new and upcoming year! After planning and consideration, we are excited to offer a new program to Portland Youth Dance, a Hip Hop Crew, directed by Elizabeth Goulet! This crew will offer a unique and exciting urban dance experience to our community, and we will keep you posted about our upcoming events. Portland Youth Dance Company and Company II will continue to offer progressive choreography and performance in hip hop, jazz, contemporary, modern, and more techniques! See our information in the Audition section for requirements and more!

2012 Winter Update
After the holiday show and winter break, PYD in past years has had a lull in events and performances before the Spring season kicked into full gear. This year, we decided to take advantage of cold weather and short days with minimal daylight to…sleep in? Hibernate? No, quite the opposite. To take on New York City with a vengeance, have three shows in two weeks, and basically run ourselves ragged with amazing classes, shows and bonding experiences that hopefully we won’t be too tired to remember for years to come. What a month January was! I could write a tome describing last month’s activities, but I will try to keep it to a couple of paragraphs.

The New York City trip was two days of incredible classes and shows that everyone found educational and enjoyable. The dancers took a Cunningham modern class at the Merce Studios, a Samba class and House hip hop class at the Capezio Peridance Center, and a West African class at the Ailey Studio. Some dancers found the energy to take a Contemporary or Musical Theater class at Broadway Dance Center while others observed. The shows we saw were Traces, Fuerza Bruta, and Parsons Dance. I hope your daughters shared some pictures/video clips of these events with you, as they were quite amazing.

Both Company and Company II danced at the Red Claws halftime on January 20th. The Company also danced at Scarborough High School on January 19th, and then at Thornton Academy on January 28th. With such a busy schedule, Company dancers had a much needed day off on January 21st. Some members of Company II danced for the Barbara Bush Children’s hospital on February 10th. Our dancers received wonderful feedback on their performances and we were so proud of their hard work and energy during these shows.

Company dancers have been working creatively on their own choreography projects and debriefing about the New York trip and the year thus far. I enjoyed meeting with each dancer individually to talk about their dancing and their PYD experience this year.

Company II has been working on technique with Elizabeth and cleaning Kate’s modern dance. As well, they have continued to work on Run The World (Girls) with Elizabeth.

The Company is participating in a couple of exciting Outreach events. Eidann, Zoe, Kristina and Bri are working with a group from the Center for Grieving Children, creating movement for a new music composition based on the students’ experiences with cultural loss and grief. Susan is overseeing this. Former PYD Outreach dancers and awesome bboys, Peter and Daniel will be teaching a class at the East End School, overseen by Missy Cloutier. All other Company dancers will be working on an in-house Outreach at Casco Bay Movers on April 7th, April 28th, May 5th, and May 12th, 4 Saturdays from 12:30 – 1:30pm to create a piece for Outreach Dancers to perform in the May show.