Core Training Program

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Peridance Youth Ensemble is a non-for profit outreach youth dance company founded in 2000 as a natural extension of the school and as a preparatory for the professional company, Peridance Ensemble. Members of Peridance Youth Ensemble are chosen by audition from New York City and surrounding areas. In addition to the extensive, well-rounded curriculum of dance classes, the dancers have the unique opportunity to learn choreography from established choreographers and perform in different venues around the city. The Ensemble also develops relationships with hundreds of children from various organizations by extending their knowledge and love for dance through these performances and through conducting Interactive Workshops.

Peridance Youth Ensemble provides professional dance training of the highest caliber to young aspiring dancers and makes the art of dance more accessible to at-risk youth through community out-reach.

The Ensemble takes 6 technique classes per week in addition to a weekly 2-hour rehearsal on Saturdays. Their technique classes are taught by Igal Perry, Karin Averty, Marlena Wolfe and Kristin Sudeikis. In addition to technique classes, the Ensemble has the unique opportunity to learn composition technique, which is the art of creating dances and choreography.

Under the direction of Shelley Grantham the dancers explore time, space, energy, levels and their own voice in movement to create completely fresh and new pieces on fellow Ensemble dancers. As the dancers grow through the company their choreography abilities will grow as well. The dancers get to showcase their work at the annual Spring Fundraiser and in various venues around the city. Most recently the dancers have showcased their works at WOW Café and the 92nd Street Y’s High at Noon Series for young choreographers.

They also get the great opportunity to work with established NYC choreographers. Some of the choreographers they have had the honor to work with have been Kate Skartepowska, Sean Curran, Robert Battle, Igal Perry, Marnie Thomas, Diego Funes, Saba, Matthew Neff, Derek Mitchell and many more...


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