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Young Dancemakers Company 2023 Performance Tour (FREE)

Young Dancemakers Company 2023 Performance Tour (FREE)


Young Dancemakers Company


Wednesday, July 26, 2023 - 2:00pm
Thursday, July 27, 2023 - 1:00pm
Friday, July 28, 2023 - 7:00pm
Tuesday, August 1, 2023 - 2:00pm
Wednesday, August 2, 2023 - 7:00pm
Friday, August 4, 2023 - 7:30pm



Young Dancemakers Company

presents the 2023 Touring Season
July 26 - August 4, 2023


Get ready for a spectacular dance concert by the Young Dancemakers Company!

  • Each concert promises to be an unforgettable experience for all dance enthusiasts:
  • Experience an exciting one-hour concert featuring original dances created and performed by an ensemble of New York City teens.
  • Pieces feature original music by professional composers, in addition to live percussion by Music Director, William Catanzaro.
  • See an excerpt from Four Corners choreographed by Ronald K. Brown, performed by the Young Dancemakers Company.
  • The concert is followed by a free interactive audience workshop in on-the-spot dance-making.
  • PLUS a post-concert Q&A with the company.
  • All concerts are family friendly and best for ages 8 and up.

All performances are FREE and open to the public.

Reservations are recommended for all performances. Eventbrite reservation pages have been created for each performance, and are listed below each event date.

Wednesday July 26 @ 2PM
The Fieldston School Auditorium

3901 Fieldston Road
Bronx, NY 10471
Reservations: YDCfieldston.eventbrite.com

Thursday July 27 @ 1PM
Lehman College Studio Theatre

250 Bedford Park Blvd.
Bronx, NY 10468
Reservations: YDClehman.eventbrite.com

Friday July 28 @ 7PM

182 Fourth Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11217
Reservations: YDCdancewave.eventbrite.com

Tuesday August 1 @ 2PM
Peter Norton Symphony Space

2537 Broadway
New York, NY 10025
Reservations: YDCsymphonyspace.eventbrite.com

Wednesday August 2 @ 7PM 
Flushing Town Hall

137-35 Northern Blvd.
Flushing, NY 11354
Children can take part in a PRE-CONCERT DANCE WORKSHOP at 6PM
Reservations: YDCflushingtownhall.eventbrite.com

Friday August 4 @ 7:30PM
The Ailey Citigroup Theater

405 W 55th St
New York, NY 10019
Reservations: YDCailey.eventbrite.com
The finale concert will include a tribute to beloved YDC Founder Alice Teirstein, who passed away in November 2022. The evening will include tributes to Alice, photos and videos from past seasons and a special performance by a select group of YDC alumni. All attendees are invited to join us for a post-concert reception at The Ailey Studios following the performance.

Young Dancemakers Company, founded in 1996 by Alice Teirstein, is a unique, tuition-free, dance ensemble of students drawn from NYC’s public high schools working under the guidance of acclaimed professionals. Young Dancemakers Company (YDC) presents a free concert of their unique, original choreography based on meaningful personal and social themes. The group dances to both live and recorded music, made in collaboration with professional composers. The company will perform their latest works and an excerpt from Four Corners, choreographed by Ronald K. Brown.

The one-hour concert will be followed by lively dance-making with the audience, led by the company, plus a post-concert Q&A.

The 2023 DANCERS/CHOREOGRAPHERS are: Fabricio Aguilera, Shahab Aldeeb, Merline Auguste, Paul-Lisa Brown, Harmony Carrasquillo, Mariam Dembele, Cree Atkins Griffin, Neilani James, Alyssa Martin, Jackelyn Martinez, Iniyah Razack, Anayah Santos, Ashley Smith. They are students from Repertory Company High School for Theatre Arts, John Jay High School For Law, Talent Unlimited High School, Wadleigh Secondary School for the Performing & Visual Arts, John Dewey High School, Fordham High School for the Arts, Maspeth High School, Edward R Murrow High School, New Visions High School, ​​Medgar Evers College Preparatory School.

The 2023 YDC FACULTY includes: Artistic Director of YDC, choreographer Jessica Gaynor; YDC Music Director and acclaimed composer William Catanzaro; YDC Associate Program Manager Ivi Whitehead (YDC alum); Costume Designer Wendy Kahn; 2023 Guest Repertory Artist Ronald K. Brown/ EVIDENCE, A Dance Company (dancer and rehearsal director Demetrius Burns will teach daily classes and coach the company on an excerpt from Four Corners, choreographed by Ronald K. Brown); Bridgman|Packer Dance will lead a Partnering Dance Workshop; Finale Concert Lighting Designer Andy Dickerson; Photographer Alice Chacon (YDC alum); Creative Arts Consultant Eva Young; Studio Assistant and Stage Manager Kiana King (YDC alum); Program Assistant and Alumni Choreographer Tiana Ayala (YDC alum); Composers Clifton Anderson, Sidney Marquez Boquiren, Colton Dodd, Matt Evans, Kevin Farrell, Matt Frey, Mitch Marcus, Jerome Morris, Anna Young, Victor See Yuen will be collaborating one-on-one with the choreographers as part of the special YDC Choreographer/Composer Project.

Young Dancemakers Company is a free summer program made possible with the support of Jody and John Arnhold | Arnhold Foundation, the Harkness Foundation for Dance, the Emily Davie and Joseph S. Kornfeld Foundation, the Richenthal Foundation, the Ethical Culture Fieldston School, New Music USA’s Organizational Development Fund 2022-2023, New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Governor and the New York State Legislature and individual contributors.

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