Since 2002, over $65,000 have been awarded to 70+ underprivileged dancers to take dance classes and perform as part of the company.
PYD has been partnering with Learning Works since the 2014/2015 school year, providing free after-school dance classes at elementary schools throughout Portland. We have been able to reach hundreds of children with the gift of dance.
We know the community program is making a real difference because several dancers from the program have received scholarships for formal dance training and gone on to dance in Portland Youth Dance, pursue college degrees in dance or performing arts, and have professional careers in dance. Many PYD graduates have also gone on to create community dance programs at their universities.