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Elsa Boardman, Julia Brimmer, Sophia PhillipsChloe Rappaport Crowther, Jane Rudenko, Meilin Jokela, Marley Costa McDowell, Kaiya Rodriguez,

Ez Zimman


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.

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 Spring 2024, the group will meet for 20 weeks to create two original 30 minute productions with two separate guest artists. Students will have at least two opportunities to perform these pieces throughout the semester.