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Connecting great artists of today with great artists of tomorrow

“Having been involved with DANCE This since 2003, I can say the program has helped shape the artist I am today. It has made my choreography and directing skills more well-rounded and eclectic. DANCE This offers kids a glimpse into the world of the performing arts and inspires them to continue to learn and perform.” – Aaron Gordon, DT participant & choreographer

The passion that everyone felt for dance gave my daughter an environment where she felt free to really be herself. She made many friends who came to feel like a second family. And she returned home distinctly more confident and mature. I'm so grateful that she got to have this experience.” – Parent of DT Camp participant

DANCE This is a young artist training and performance program in cross cultural and contemporary dance. Each year DANCE This brings together more than 200 young artists (ages 13-22) from diverse communities and backgrounds for intensive dance training, collaboration and performances that share diverse cultures through the art of dance.

DANCE this is more than a performance! It is a multi-faceted program that includes four individual components:


Nationally renowned professional guest artists work with local youth and are significant to the program's success and impact. Artists from past years include: Joey McKneely, choreographer for Broadway's revivial of West Side Story; Mark Morris, legendary choreographer; Savion Glover, legendary tapper; Joffrey Ballet from Chicago; Abdel Salaam from Forces of Nature in New York; Jamel Gaines from Creative Outlet Dance Theatre of Brooklyn; Bahiyah Sayyed Gaines from Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater; Napoleon & Tabitha D'umo from Los Angeles; and Seattle-based choreographers Donald Byrd, Sonia Dawkins, Pat Graney and Amy O'Neal.

DANCE This Summer Training Intensive

June 18 - July 2, 2014
Pacific Northwest Ballet, The Phelps Center
(Seattle Center)

The DANCE This Summer Training Intensive is an opportunity for young dancers (ages 13-21) at all levels to immerse themselves in dance over the course of two weeks. Students will be exposed to a wide range of dance styles and techniques in a supportive, yet challenging atmosphere.

Learn more and register now!

DANCE This Camp @ Centrum
August 3 - 9, 2014
Centrum in Port Townsend, WA

Open to dancers grades 9-12, DANCE This Camp @ Centrum is an opportunity for young dancers at ALL LEVELS to study dance for one week in beautiful Port Townsend, WA. Students will participate in African, Ballet, Choreography, Hip-Hop and Modern dance workshops with professional educators from the Seattle area. Please note: this is a residential program/camp.

Learn more and register now!

View DT Camp 2011 Video