Photo by Jeremy Tauric

Photo by Jeremy Tauric

Youth Programming

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
Visit our YOUTH REGISTRATION page for current open enrollment. 

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.


DG Youth Company

An intensive Saturday program and performance group for youth ages 8-13 with training in Hip Hop, Modern, Ballet and African, performances around the city and more! We hold open auditions in September and January every year. Email if you'd like to sign up for our next audition. 

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.

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Beginner Kids' Hip Hop at NORDC Stallings

Kids’ Hip Hop at NORDC Stallings Center is perfect for your beginning dancer! Open to ages 7-11, classes are taught by Tai Teamer. You can sign up for a package deal at the beginning of each semester or attend drop-in classes. Class starts with a Hip-Hop warm-up, followed by stretches and isolation training, and ending with choreography .