Our Youth Company, Artists in Motion, was created for middle and high school students as a program to support high performance standards through technical training, mentorship, and collaboration. Our goal is to help the dancers begin to master the complexities of diverse dance styles while having fun, challenging, and rewarding dance experiences.
Dancers will train rigorously in various dance styles and collaborate in the creative process. Students will work with Motion Pacific staff and invited guest choreographers to create their own work, and will produce their own full evening-length work as a Company at the end of the academic year.
The program will run a full academic year from September through June. The weekly schedule includes 75 or 90-minute Ballet classes twice a week, 75 or 90-minute Contemporary classes twice a week, an optional Hip Hop class and a 30-minute company meeting, conditioning class or Dance History lecture per week, and a minimum of 1 rehearsal per week. The total class time per week will be a minimum of 8 hours. Additional rehearsals are often scheduled around performance dates. The Company has opportunities to work with multiple choreographers throughout the year to experience a range of aesthetics and artistic processes.
The Company dancers will be taken to see professional performances to generate inspiration and deepen their awareness of dance and its history. Students will have performance opportunities in community and professional environments and will be taken to master classes and workshops throughout the greater Bay Area.
Open auditions will be held for our Youth Company, September 6th at 4:30pm. Students will be chosen based on technical skill, potential and commitment. The program will accept up to 14 students per year. To reserve a spot in the audition please fill out the registration form, linked here.
The program will be directed by Abra Allan in collaboration with staff advisers and instructors including Rebecca Blair, Collette Kollewe and Melissa Wiley.
Schedule and Fees
Students schedules will be based on level placement. Please note, there is an additional participation fee of $360 to cover the cost of staff time associated with company meetings, conditioning and rehearsals.
*Tuition cost will be divided into 10 equal payments and paid monthly. 5% multi-class discount will be applied. Partial scholarships are available. Please ask for an application form if your family would like to apply for a scholarship. These will be need and merit based scholarships.