Dancing Grounds provides physically and artistically rigorous dance training at its studios and in schools with a focus on social-emotional development, physical health, leadership skills, and social justice.
Questions about our youth programs? EMAIL OUR IN-STUDIO YOUTH DIRECTOR
DG Youth Company
Open to dancers for rising 3rd – 8th graders, DG Youth company offers new and beginner dancers their own space to practice dance technique; regular performances annually include the DG Holiday Party, French Quarter Festival and the Spring Youth Showcase. CLICK HERE for registration details!
DG Elite Feet Dance Krewe
Audition-by-invite performance group where youth take more control of the company, working on higher level technique and maintaining their own regular conditioning with the facilitation of their coach. Students will identify outside choreographers to work with around a pre-selected theme, develop performances with their coach with regular performance opportunities around the city. Pre-qualifications, audition and outside training are required.
Dancing Grounds Rising
Dancing Grounds Rising (DGR) is a school residency program that uses dance as a vehicle for uplifting the physical health, social-emotional health, leadership, and teamwork skills of New Orleans youth within a social, racial, and gender justice framework. DGR combines high-quality dance instruction with best practices in positive youth development.
Dance for Social Change
Dance for Social Change is an arts and leadership program that brings New Orleans youth artists together to advocate for change and catalyze action through artistic performance. Students in grades 8-12 are invited to apply in November. The program culminates with an annual summit in March/April.
Dance for Social Change (DSC) Youth Council
The DSC Youth Council is a Saturday arts and leadership program for youth ages 13-18. Participants conduct independent research in arts and advocacy and help plan the annual Dance for Social Change Summit. This program is only open to past Dance for Social Change participants.
Dancing Grounds Summer
Dancing Grounds Summer (DGS) is a four-week camp for beginner and intermediate dancers ages 8-15. The session includes training in Ballet, Modern, Contemporary, Hip Hop, African, Salsa, dance composition, history, physical fitness and nutrition. The program is a "healthy food zone" with healthy lunches and snackes served daily. DGS culminates with city-wide tour of performances at New Orleans-area youth camps! Registration opens in April every year. We offer need-based scholarships to any families that cannot afford the $20 per day tuition.
Workshops and Field Trips
Dancing Grounds offers workshops in Hip Hop, Creative Movement and other dance forms for children of all ages across the city. We have provided workshops for the Association for Conflict Resolution, Youth Empowerment Project, Sacred Heart Academy, French Quarter Festival, Bayou Boogaloo and more.