BOSTON, MA: Cambridge Youth Dance Program celebrates 15 years in April
Deborah Mason's Cambridge Youth Dance Program
Deborah Mason’s Cambridge Youth Dance Company (CYDP) will perform their annual spring concert at Boston University Dance Theater, Celebrating 15 years of artistic excellence, the concert will feature choreography and restagings from renowned local and national stars in ballet, jazz, tap dance, modern and contemporary dance. Tickets are $25 plus fees. For more information visit https://www.cydp.org/ to purchase tickets, visit https://cydp.ticketleap.com/cydp-celebrating-15-years/.
The program will be both retrospective and current featuring choreography by Deborah Mason, Jenny Oliver, and Jeryl Palana. Highlights this year include ballet variations restaged by Boston Ballet alum Nina Pillar, tap dances set by acclaimed choreographer Derick Grant, and the unveiling of Chaos by guest choreographer and Alvin Ailey alum Christopher Huggins. Closing the performance is a disco party by master teacher Adrienne Hawkins with a tribute to our fifteen-year ability to keep “stayin alive.”
CYDP is a supportive network which provides multiple opportunities for dancers and the community. Transcending the notion of "pre-professional training", CYDP uses dance as a platform to increase self-esteem, focus, teamwork, and creativity. CYDP opens its auditions to boys and girls, ages 10-20. Once accepted, students place into appropriate levels based on performance and focus; all new and returning dancers must audition for the company each year.
Many CYDP dancers are mentored and supported throughout the audition process by CYDP staff. Many have gone on to professional careers appearing in a music video with Janet Jackson and Beyonce among many others. They have also appeared in major tour productions from EVITA to BILLY ELLIOT to major motion pictures. For more information on CYDP alumni visit www.cydp.org.
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