Education & Community Programs > DANCE This
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 Alexandar, past DT participant & choreographer/ HAMILTON Chicago Cast member
“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 provides young artist training and performance opportunities in cross cultural and contemporary dance. Each year the DANCE This production brings together hundreds of young artists and community members from diverse backgrounds to share their culture through the art of dance. Guest artists have included Napoleon & Tabitha from So You Think You Can Dance, Savion Glover, Joffrey Ballet, Mark Morris Dance Group as well as Broadway professionals. Classes for high school youth are available through the DANCE This Intensive and the DANCE This Camp at Centrum during the summer.
DANCE This is a multi-faceted program that includes:
- DANCE This Intensive (one week, Seattle-based)
- 21st Annual DANCE This public performance at The Moore Theatre
- DANCE This Camp (one week, at Centrum, Port Townsend, WA)
The Moore Theatre
Thursday, July 11, 2019
1:00 pm – Youth Matinee - RSVP Here!
STG’s signature dance program brings together youth and adult performers from diverse communities for collaboration and to share their culture through the art of dance. Works from local and national artists highlights this region’s vibrant talent. Past guest artists have included Broadway professionals, New York and L.A. award-winning dancers, the Joffrey Ballet, and Savion Glover to name a few.
2019 Featured Line-up:
Bahia In Motion (Dances from Brazil)
Cornish Dance Theater (Modern)
Massive Monkees (Breaking Crew)
Northside Step Team (Step)
Northwest Tap Connection (Afro-Modern / Tap)
Pacific Ballroom Dance (Foxtrat / Cha Cha)
Prashanthi Chitre Institute of Performing Arts (Indian Classical, Folk & Contemporary)
United Pacific Islander Impact (Samoan Dance & Music)
Finale Choreographed by Kirsten Barron Kinney
DANCE This Intensive
Pacific Northwest Ballet – Phelps Center, Seattle
June 24 - July 1, 2019 *New Dates
The DANCE This Intensive is an opportunity for young dancers (ages 13-21) at all levels to immerse themselves in dance over the course of one week. Students will be exposed to a wide range of dance styles and techniques in a supportive, yet challenging atmosphere.
*Due to changes in school calendars due to snow, our program schedule has been updated.
DANCE This Camp @ Centrum
Fort Worden State Park in Port Townsend, WA
August 11-18, 2019
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 a variety of dance styles and genres with professional educators from the Seattle area. Please note: this is a residential program/camp.
Nationally renowned professional guest artists work with local youth and are significant to the program's success and impact.
Artists from past years include:
- Savion Glover, legendary tapper
- Mark Morris, legendary choreographer
- Joffrey Ballet from Chicago
- Joey McKneely, choreographer for Broadway's revival of West Side Story
- 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, SYTYCD
- and Seattle-based choreographers Donald Byrd, Mark Haim, Sonia Dawkins, Pat Graney and Amy O'Neal.