top of page





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.




Lillian Izakson, Rose Levine, Delphine Parkin,

Gemma Ross, Emma Ruth, Kajsa de Ugarte