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Mission Statement

1) Young Dancers in Repertory offers children and adolescents an opportunity to realize their highest potential and fulfill their artistic goals through quality, disciplined, creative, structured, challenging, and fun-filled dance programming. YDR provides youth with a nourishing, educational environment that fosters growth through dance. We encourage young people to learn not only skills but responsibility and self-esteem.
2) We seek to reach those who otherwise would not have the arts as a part of their lives. This part of our mission is based upon the understanding that every individual has the capacity for artistic expression and is entitled to a high level of training and artistic experience regardless of age, aptitude, or ability to pay for classes. All of our courses and programs are either minimally priced or free of charge to ensure accessibility. YDR also brings its activities to locations that are historically underserved.
3) YDR brings people of diverse backgrounds together through dance and the arts. We do this as a means to begin building bridges among people of different origins as we explore our differences and share our commonalties. In sharing dances of diverse cultures (European-American, Latin, African, Asian...) we can understand our differences and explore our commonalties.


Young Dancers in Repertory is a multifaceted organization dedicated to providing hands on creative arts programming for youth in underserved and economically disadvantaged communities. Founded in 1985, YDR is a dance school and performing company for youth which provides outreach programs, including educational partnerships with schools and other community organizations. Each year, YDR exposes thousands of outer-borough youth and adults to dance. For more information about classes, perfromances and educational prgramming, visit our website



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