The American Youth Dance Company (AYDC) is comprised of an elite group of dancers who partake in a rigorous dance training schedule. The AYDC members can choose to audition to compete in all or one style(s) of dance including; ballet, contemporary, tap, jazz, hip hop, modern, acrobatics and contortion. The AYDC competes regionally and nationally throughout the year and as a team have achieved many outstanding regional and national awards and accolades. The AYDC currently has 75 members ranging in age from 5 to 18.
The American Youth Dance Company is under the New Jersey Foundation for Dance and Theatre Arts a 501c3 nonprofit organization. The purpose of this organization is to provide education and creative expression in Theatre Arts and Dance. As a member of the company the student develops self confidence, poise, commitment, self motivation, self pride and self determination to learn and work with others in a positive teamwork environment that will last a lifetime. Our goal is to inspire, motivate and enrich every student to further develop self-esteem. We are all works in progress; each stepping stone brings us closer to the person and dancer we want to be, and to demonstrate respect for themselves and others.
In addition to the competition schedule the AYDC participates in several performances throughout the year. These include the Nutcracker or musical theatre show, our Annual Recital, Local and Town Performances and the Company Showcase.
The AYDC are required to attend three dance intensives throughout the year. The pre-nationals intensive takes place before nationals. The Summer Ballet Intensive is a week long rigorous ballet camp. The Summer Dance Intensive is at the end of the summer and kicks off the following season.
Class, Choreography and Rehearsals
During the fall our students attend choreography sessions with our in house faculty as well as faculty that is brought in from outside the studio. We strive to choreograph in multiple styles and expose the company members to all types of dance so they are well-equipt to succeed in the future. We are frequently recognized for our diversity and professionalism in our dancers. Our classes take place during the week where the students focus on technique, training, performance and improvisation. Generally our choreography and rehearsals take place on the weekends.
One of the greatest parts of being a part of the AYDC is being part of the KC Family. Throughout the year the dancers participate in several team building events and activities that allow for them to build relationships with fellow dancers that last a lifetime. The parents also share strong bonds and support fellow parents and dancers. The dancers participate in a mentoring program that teaches them to help others and provides them with fundamentals of being a leader.
Interested in being a member of the Company?
Throughout the year teachers observe students in class and a child can be recommended to audition for the AYDC. The auditions for the AYDC are held in June. The company members range in age from 5 to 18. For more information regarding the Company please fill out the form below: