HELD ON SEPTEMBER 9th |
Each year, we hold auditions for the Company and Crew of Portland Youth Dance—a nonprofit organization that supports pre-professional youth dance outside of the competition network. The 2017 auditions have passed. They were held on Saturday, September 9th. We have welcomed 35 dancers this year, some returning, and some new. If you are interested, please stay tuned for the date of next year’s auditions.
Eligibility for Company:
Company dancers must be at an high intermediate or advanced level, be between the ages of 12 and 18, and be trained in multiple dance techniques. Minimum of four continuous years of dance training are required, both technical and urban. Concurrent requirements are a minimum of three classes per week—ballet and two additional technique classes.
Eligibility for Company II:
Company II dancers must be at an intermediate level, be between the ages of 10 and 18, and be trained in multiple dance techniques. Minimum of two continuous years of dance training are required, both technical and urban. Concurrent requirements are a minimum of two classes per week—ballet and one additional technique class.
Eligibility for Crew:
Crew dancers must be at a high intermediate or advanced level in hip hop, and be between the ages of 12 and 18. Minimum requirement two years in Hip Hop 5 or Hip Hop 6 class or its equivalent suggested. Freestyle dancers encouraged to audition. Concurrent requirements are two classes per week: Hip Hop 5 or 6 and an additional urban class.
Eligibility for Crew II:
Crew II dancers must be at an intermediate hip hop level, and be between the ages of 10 and 18. Minimum requirement one year in Hip Hop 2 class or its equivalent suggested. Freestyle dancers are encouraged to audition. Concurrent requirements are at least one urban class per week.
All PYD members are expected to participate in outreach, community building and fundraising. This supports our mission statement and are expected of all members. Performance, outreach, travel and additional educational opportunities are offered to all members of the Company.
What do I need to know for the audition?
Dancers should arrive at least 15 minutes ahead of scheduled audition for paperwork. Be prepared for jazz and hip hop choreography, and a free style. Crew/Crew 2 auditions will include hip-hop and freestyle only.
Do my parents need to be there?
All new members are required to have a parent present during the time of their audition to attend the new parent meeting to get info on the Company and its commitment.
What if I want to audition but I can’t afford it?
You can apply for the PYD Sponsorship Application.
About Portland Youth Dance
The dance company of Portland Youth Dance (originally named Upbeat Feet) was founded in 1998, in recognition of the need to provide intermediate and advanced level young dancers with opportunity for performance without competition. Over the years, Portland Youth Dance (PYD) has grown into into two companies and two crews. PYD maintains a “No Star, All Star” philosophy. Dancers are offered opportunities in diverse styles of dance that challenge their abilities, while inviting their own creative process to emerge. It is our commitment to recognize that each dancer brings his or her own unique artistic integrity to the company. Each dancer not only feels valued, but is valued.
While most of the dancers spend hours per week perfecting their craft, PYD’s expectation is to be the best by allowing every dancer to exhibit their best self, not just as dancers, but as people. They are encouraged to reach out and support younger or less experienced dancers in both the PYD organization and in the greater dance community. They bring their talents into the community where they provide free dance classes through the PYD Outreach program, for kids who otherwise may not have the opportunity to take formal dance classes. PYD has discovered that there are great rewards to be gained from youth teaching youth. These dancers are giving, but are also getting the invaluable experiences of leadership, team building, and cultivating new friendships.
The PYD Organization
Portland Youth Dance is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization serving the greater Portland, Maine community by providing a pre-professional dance company, dance scholarships, and outreach programs for kids and teens. Read more about the PYD organization.