Saturday Academy and Youth Dance Company
About The DCVI Saturday Academy
All students who have completed the Dancing Classrooms Residency in their school are invited to participate in our Saturday Academy, which takes place during the school year. These dance training and social development classes are held at a future space in partnership with My Brother’s Workshop located in Downtown Charlotte Amalie.
The classes provide an opportunity to meet children from other public schools, develop friendships, work with many partners, and to understand the civility, social manners, and dress codes expected in adult life.
The Saturday Academy is an EXTENSION of what the child did in his or her school. Therefore, students who HAVE NOT participated in the 10-week ballroom residency in their school ARE NOT eligible to sign up.
Our first annual registration will take place in January 2018 for all students who have completed the 10-week program during the school year. Students’ parents or guardians must complete registration in person at our office located at the My Brothers Workshop School.
There are 120 slots available for our first year of the DCVI Saturday Academy. The Academy is a year-long program from mid-September through mid-June, and students may not sign up in the middle of the year. First-year students pay $150 for an entire year, which is broken into 30 Saturday Classes ($5/class).
At the end of each school year, we will have an Academy Dance Festival. The festival is an opportunity for the students continuing their dance education to come together to share about healthy competition and good sportsmanship, use teamwork skills and learn how to prepare for a performance in a warm, inclusive setting filled with supporters and fans. The 1st Annual Academy Dance Festival is slated to take place, Saturday, June 16, 2018.
About the DCVI Youth Dance Company
In response to the demand for performances around the community by “the Dancing Classrooms Students,” DCVI saw the need to create an extension of our program through the Academy. In the past, students who completed the program showcased at different events to include: WICO and Dion Parson Present – Jazz on the Dock, Virgin Islands-Puerto Rico Friendship Day Celebration at the Legislature, International Capital and Management’s Jazz in the Park and were featured on television shows, WTJX’s Face to Face with Addie Ottley and Ritmo Del Doce, as well as TV2’s Good Morning VI.
DCVI is excited to finally have a 24 member Youth Dance Company that will serve as ambassadors for the entire Dancing Classrooms organization – always embodying the qualities of teamwork, elegance, and respect. We look forward to the 2017-2018 as the year to showcase the YDC at upcoming community events around the Virgin Islands, and perhaps beyond.
Children from the Youth Dance Company are introduced to ballroom dancing through Dancing Classrooms, the arts-in-education program that brings social awareness, etiquette, and civility to children through ballroom dancing in the St. Thomas-St. John and St. Croix School Districts. After completing the Dancing Classrooms residency in their schools, children are invited to continue their dance training through the DCVI Saturday Academy program, from which all company members will audition.
The Youth Dance Company provides our most dedicated and promising Academy students the opportunity to build upon their social dancing skills–dancing for mutual enjoyment with a partner–and transfer those skills into the art of performance–dancing for the enjoyment and enrichment of an audience.
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