Maylin Armitage, Reed Brothers, Mia Cecchettini,

Stella Fitzsimmons, Rory Furstenthal, Mia Holtan, 

Eliza Gilligan, Jacob Kwong, Malia Lee, Gloria Zearett


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.

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

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

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

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


The 2021-2022 in-person audition is 

Aug 21st, 2021 from 3-5pm at SADC.


Questions or to RSVP for the audition? Please e-mail Program Director Mo Miner at




Pearl Gauthier, Stella Houser, Elly Rokeach, Emma Ruth, Stella Della Sala, Romilly Thomson, Julia Volpp

Youth Performance Project (YPP) is for teen dancers who are solid intermediate dancers in grades 9th-12th (approximately ages 14-18). The group is modern dance-based. Students will meet twice a week and explore both improvisation/creative projects as well as work with local choreographers to learn dances. Students must also be signed up for 2 technique classes a week through SADC or receive approval by the YPP Directors based on dance classes you take at your high school or at another studio. Students will perform throughout the year in events produced by SADC or locally. Past events have included dancing at the Berkeley Art Museum, Bay Area High School Dance Festival, and CDEA Festival.

Wednesdays, 6-7:30pm at Shotgun Studios

Fridays, 4-5:30pm at SADC

+ two technique classes per week

Sarah Chenoweth and Aiano Nakagawa co-direct YPP. 

No audition is required to sign up for YPP.




Lillian Izakson, Rose Levine, Delphine Parkin,

Gemma Ross, Emma Ruth, Kajsa de Ugarte


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. Students will perform approximately two times a semester as well as see a performance together (field trip) once a semester. YouthCo students should be participating in two technique classes a week in addition to the rehearsals.

Thursdays, 6:15-7:30pm at SADC

Saturdays, 9:30-11am at Berkeley Playhouse

Hannah Westbrook directs the YouthCo.

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




Lindsey Chou, Arianna Cohen-Parikh, Kaylee Ishihara, Margot Keady, Rose Levine, Anjelica Lopez,

Sumaiya Rahman,  Lola Redig, Joyce Shen,

Hannah Yip, Gloria Zearett


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.




Eva Bradman, Maizie Cline, Kyra Dang, Naeva Flora,

 Ella Horn, Isabel Huntzinger, Caroline Jacobs,

Josephine Thompson, Elly Rokeach, Satine Walz


Jazz Performance Group (JPG) is for the intermediate to advanced teen jazz dancer. Students must be enrolled in advanced jazz technique classes as well through SADC (or receive approval based on their jazz classes at their high school).


Students will learn 1-3 dances each semester and perform locally two times a semester. 

Wednesdays, 7:30-8:30pm

+ two jazz technique classes per week


Elena Martins directs the Jazz Performance Group. 


No audition is required to join JPG. JPG meets one evening a week.