Celebrating over 20 years of dance & community in Portland, Maine!

Portland Youth Dance Company is the resident, non-profit, non-competitive, youth company, of Casco Bay Movers Dance Studio in Portland, Maine.  PYD is comprised of four groups: Company and Company II geared toward contemporary, jazz & modern focused dancers, and Crew and Crew II geared toward urban dance forms including hip hop and breakdance.

Auditions are held each spring for dancers ages 10-18 years.  Participation in PYD requires regular attendance of all weekly rehearsals and weekly technique classes from the start of the season in September through its completion in mid-June.  Accepted dancers have the opportunity to learn choreography from a wide variety of professionals from Maine and away, perform in several professionally staged performances, festivals and sporting events, attend several masterclasses and professional performance, and participate in PYD’s community teaching program.  PYD has an all-inclusive tuition which covers rehearsals, guest choreographers, costumes, masterclasses, a ticket to a professional dance performance, educational opportunities such as travel, etc.  Participation in PYD’s fundraising efforts is mandatory for dancers.   Need-based scholarships are available.

An information session for new dancers & families is offered each spring.

Eligibility for Company:
Company dancers must be at a high intermediate or advanced level, be between the ages of 12 and 18, and be trained in multiple dance techniques. A minimum of four continuous years of dance training is required, both technical and urban. Concurrent requirements are a minimum of three classes per week; ballet, modern and at least one additional class.

Eligibility for Company II:
Company II dancers must be at an intermediate or advanced level, be between the ages of 10 and 18, and be trained in multiple dance techniques. A minimum of two continuous years of dance training is 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 an intermediate or advanced level in Hip Hop, and be between the ages of 10 and 18. The minimum requirement of two years of regular weekly attendance in a Hip Hop class is suggested, though Freestyle dancers encouraged to audition. Concurrent requirements are two classes per week: Hip Hop and an additional urban class such as Freestyle or Tap.

Eligibility for Crew II:
Crew dancers must be at an intermediate level in Hip Hop, and be between the ages of 10 and 18. The minimum requirement of two years of regular weekly attendance in a Hip Hop class is suggested, though Freestyle dancers encouraged to audition. Concurrent requirements are two classes per week: Hip Hop and an additional urban class such as Freestyle or Tap.

***SCHOLARSHIPS ARE AVAILABLE***

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