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.

For booking information, call 212-244-9442 or click here.

Upcoming Events

July 13, 2013       Kids Dance at Lincoln Center

October 25, 2013   Morison International Conference, NY Athletic Club

November 14, 2013     Other Israel Film Festival, JCC, Manhattan

November 19, 2013     International Corporate Conference, Purchase, NY
April 22, 2014     Joyce Theatre Annual Gala, David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center
May 4, 2014   
Dancing Classrooms Dance Festival, Riverside Church
May 21, 2014 Dancing Classrooms Annual Gala, Plaza Hotel Grand Ballroom

Youth Dance Company News!

Congratulations to the newest members of the Youth Dance Company!
  • Joseph Alvarez
  • Jacob Beadle
  • Kaitlyn Cepeda
  • Jan Enriquez
  • Jacob Licona
  • Christy Tatis