Since 2002, over $65,000 have been awarded to 70+ under-privileged dancers to take dance classes and perform as part of the company.
In 2015, the Erin Cummings Scholarship fund was created in memory of the lovely and talented Erin Cummings. The scholarship for PYD tuition is matched by Casco Bay Movers and gives a dancer in-need the opportunity to flourish.
In 2014 & 2015 PYD partnered with Learning Works providing free after-school dance classes at elementary schools throughout Portland. We were able to reach over 200 kids with the gift of dance.
For the 3rd year in a row PYD has awarded the Live2Dance scholarship.
We know the Outreach 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. Some are even pursuing a career in dance!