Under the artistic direction of Alee Reed, the Dancing Classrooms Youth Dance Company was created in 2006 in response to the demand for performances by “the kids from the movie ‘Mad Hot Ballroom.’” Dancing Classrooms is the subject of that critically acclaimed documentary film, and the inspiration for the feature film, “Take the Lead,” starring Antonio Banderas as founder, Pierre Dulaine.

Every child in the Youth Dance Company was introduced to ballroom dancing through Dancing Classrooms, the arts-in-education program that brings social awareness, etiquette and civility to children through ballroom dancing in the New York City public schools. After completing the Dancing Classrooms residency in their schools, the children were invited to continue their dance training through the DC Academy weekend program, from which all company members were auditioned.

The Youth Dance Company provides our most dedicated and promising Academy students the opportunity to build upon their social dancing skills–dancing for mutual enjoyment with a partner–and transfer those skills into the art of performance–dancing for the enjoyment and enrichment of an audience.

Past performances have included the Kennedy Center’s 35th Anniversary Gala, Madison Square Garden, Lincoln Center, PBS and The Today Show. Recent press includes CBS's "The Insider" and the March 2008 issue of Vogue.

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Youth Dance Company News

Congratulations to the newest members of the 2015 Youth Dance Company!

  • Sophia Astor
  • Quincy Blair
  • Grace del Corral
  • Kristen Edwards
  • Leigh Gonzales
  • Anabel Hernandez
  • Christian Lee
  • Niko Perez
  • Dionissia Skountzos
  • Angela Sun
  • Kenneth Wiggins
  • Jakub Zagroba