Philadelphia Youth Dance Fest, March 25-26

The fourth annual Philadelphia Youth Dance Fest (PYDF) will take place at The Mandell Theater at Drexel University, 3201 Chestnut Street Philadelphia, PA 19104 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on March 25 & March 26, 2017 with a public performance at 1pm on March 26.  This year’s festival includes 26 pre-professional dance companies and 275 students in participation!  Philadelphia residents can expect another exciting weekend of noteworthy dance from our wonderfully talented youth!

PYDF is a pre-professional dance festival designed to share and celebrate high quality dance training in a supportive and professional atmosphere. This festival unites talented and aspiring dancers by offering them a venue to share their love of dance. Many genres will be presented including Ballet, Contemporary, Modern, Jazz, Tap, Hip Hop, and Musical Theatre. The festival acts as an opportunity to expose local audience members to the young dance community, building support for young dancers as they continue to pursue dance professionally.

The festival has grown from 21 pre-professional companies in 2016 to twenty- six companies in 2017!  275 dancers ranging from 13 to 18 years of age will be performing this year, making it the largest festival to date! Companies are traveling from as far as Boston, MA, New Jersey, Chester, PA, Lancaster County, PA, Wilmington DE, Dover, DE, as well as our very own Philadelphia and it’s suburbs to dance in this festival.

The participants will have the opportunity to take Master Classes in Contemporary, Hip Hop, and Caribbean Dance from established professional Philadelphia teaching artists.  The class will be held at the Drexel University studios and the Community Education Center; 3500 Lancaster Ave. in West Philadelphia.  Students will also participate in a Dance Injury Prevention Seminar, added to the festival this year! The goal is to expose the students to different dance genres, broadening their knowledge of dance.  The students also are combined with other peers from different studios, establishing new friendships, connections, and role models.

Master Class Teachers include Daniel Mayo, dancer with Philadelphia’s Premier Contemporary Ballet Company, Ballet X.  Tania Issac, native of St. Lucia, director of Tania Issac Dance and Assistant Teaching Professor at Drexel University. Adanna Jones, who received her PHD in Caribbean Studies.  Clyde Evans Jr., director of Chosen Dance and instructor at Wesleyan University in Connecticut, Ursinus College, Montgomery Community College and Drexel University.  Shannon Murphy, professor at University of the Arts, Drexel University, and a Certified Franklin Method Teacher.

The 2017 PYDF participating companies are Pennsylvania Academy of Ballet, Delaware Dance Alliance, Providence Creek Ballet Theatre, Wissahickon Dance Academy, Janice’s DanceWorks, Philadelphia Dance Theatre, Aurora Borealis Dance Company, School of Pennsylvania Ballet, Chester Valley Dance Academy, Beat Addikts United, Bucks County School of the Performing Arts, Edge Dance Company, Concepts in Choreography, Kimberton Dance Academy, CanDance & Company, Delaware Valley Dance Academy, South Jersey DanceWorks, The School of First State Ballet Theatre, Longwood Performing Arts, Brandywine Contemporary, Institute of Dance Artistry, Mariposa/Apprentice Co.of the Monarch Dance Company, Koresh Youth Ensemble, Berks Ballet Theater, Delaware Ballet, Addicted 2 Dance.

The mission of the Philadelphia Youth Dance Fest is to provide young and aspiring dancers an experience that will enrich and inspire their craft through the celebration and performance of dance. It is an occasion that will allow them an opportunity to learn from their peers, unite through dance, and gain a sense of community.

Philadelphia Youth Dance Fest Performance
March 26, 2017 at 1pm
The Mandell Theater, 3201 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104
Tickets: $22 General Admission go to www.phillyyouthdancefest.com

***Photo Credit:  J. Harris

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