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Elsa Boardman, Julia Brimmer, Kajsa de Ugarte, Pearl Gauthier, Stella Houser, Stella Louise, Sophia Phillips, Chloe Rappaport Crowther, Jane Rudenko, Ella Smith, Phoebe van Eyck, Olivia Youssef, Marlo Zivic


The Shawl-Anderson Youth Ensemble (SAYE) is a pre-professional modern dance program for ages 14-18. This program is for the dedicated modern dance student who has completed the intermediate or advanced level at SADC or a comparable program, and is interested in learning and performing new choreography. As a participant in SAYE, students have the opportunity to train intensively and participate in creative processes with several professional artists from the Bay Area and beyond throughout the year, learning 3-6 dances during the course of the year. Students are selected based on level and age, via auditions, and the group is limited to 10 to 12 students each year. The SAYE will perform 4-6 times throughout the school year. Past engagements included SADC-produced events in the building, at Longfellow Middle School, at Mills College, and at Laney College; in addition, community events have included the Bay Area High School Dance Festival, CDEA Festival, and Motion Pacific in Santa Cruz.

Crystaldawn Bell directs SAYE for the 2022-2023 school year.


Tuesdays, 4:30-6pm at SADC (class)

Tuesdays, 6-7:30pm at SADC (rehearsal)

Thursdays, 4:30-6pm at SADC (class)

Thursdays, 6-7:30pm at SADC (rehearsal)


SAYE 2023-24 Annual Audition 

Interested in joining our Youth Ensemble? Join us for an open audition on Thursday, May 25 from 4:30-6pm at Shawl-Anderson Dance Center.

Students should arrive in comfortable, form-fitting dance clothes (tights/leotard not required). Please bring your own water.

Register to audition by emailing with interest, or any further questions.



YouthCo is the modern/contemporary performing group for middle school students (7th and 8th grade, approximately 12-14 years old). Students will meet twice a week to work with local artists on choreography, improvisation, and performance. YouthCo students should be participating in one-two dance classes a week in addition to the rehearsals.

Mondays 4:30-6pm at SADC

Saturdays 12:15-1:45pm at SADC

No audition is required to sign up. This group is open to middle school age students of all levels.


For Winter/Spring 2022, the group will meet for 10 weeks to create an original 30 minute production, which will be performed on Sat, March 26th in Studio 1 in the afternoon and evening (2 shows).


Students will work together to select a theme for the show (such as Dreams+Wishes, Colors,  etc). With support of the teachers, YouthCo will choreograph parts of the production as well as learn dances from their teachers.



The Ballet Performance Group (BPG) is for intermediate to advanced teen ballet dancers, levels IV-VI. Students must be enrolled in 2+ ballet classes a week in order to participate in BPG. 


The group meets once a week on Mondays from 6-7:30pm to learn and collaborate on projects. The focus is on contemporary ballet and performance. Students will perform locally in approximately two performances a semester. The group will also go together to see a live ballet performance once a semester at Cal Performances, ODC Theater, or Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. 

Mondays, 6-7:30pm at SADC

+ two ballet technique classes per week


Crystaldawn Bell directs the Ballet Performance Group.


No audition is required to join BPG. BPG students will dance in soft shoes, not pointe shoes.