Youth Dance Ensemble Program

Helen Hayes, Program Director

Since 1976, Joy of Motion Dance Center has served as a leader in dance education in the greater Washington, D.C. area. The Youth Dance Ensemble (YDE) is JOMDC’s elite program for the developing young dancer, consisting of a 9th through 12th grade dance ensemble and preparatory levels for 1st through 8th grades.

This pre-collegiate program, with core classes in ballet, jazz, and modern, provides an experience that inspires excellence in dance, education, and life. The guided curriculum for the program is based upon the National Dance Education Organization standards for learning and teaching dance in the arts. In addition to core classes, the YDE program incorporates supplemental study in additional dance forms, dance history, improvisation, and composition, as well as artist residencies and numerous performance opportunities to create a unique, rewarding, and enriching learning experience. The Ensemble has performed at the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage, Dance Place, Publick Playhouse, The Lincoln Theater, The Arts Club of Washington, THEARC, the J-CC of Greater Washington, and at special events and festivals such as Dance Bethesda, Imagination Bethesda, and the National Cherry Blossom Festival, among others.

The Youth Dance Ensemble program is by audition only. If accepted, dancers will be placed in the appropriate level. The tuition fee for each preparatory level and the YDE company is listed with the schedule below. Tuition includes fees for 35 weeks of rehearsals, company tee shirt, and costumes. Payment plans and scholarships may be available for those who qualify. Please email to make payment arrangements. Audition Information: Auditions are held in May and August. Ready to audition? See all upcoming YDE auditions on our auditions page.

YDE PREPARATORY, Level 1: $1488


Mondays, 5:30–6:30 PM, Ballet / ATL

Wednesdays, 5:30–6:30 PM, Ballet / ATL


YDE PREPARATORY, Level 2: $2156

Group A

Wednesdays, 5:00–6:30 PM, Ballet / BTH

Fridays, 5:30–6:30 PM, Ballet / BTH

Fridays, 6:30– 8:00 PM, Modern and Repertory / BTH

Group B

Wed 5:00–6:00 PM Ballet / BTH

Wed. 6-7:30pm- Modern/Rep- BTH

Saturdays- 10:30am-12:00noon- Ballet/ BTH


Mondays, 4:30–5:30 PM, Ballet / ATL

Mondays, 5:30–6:30 PM, Modern and Repertory / ATL

Wednesdays, 4:30–6:00 PM, Ballet / ATL

Wednesdays, 6:00-6:30PM- Repertory review


YDE PREPARATORY, Level 3: $2520

Group A

Mondays, 5:15–6:30 PM, Ballet / FH

Tuesdays, 6:30–8:00 PM, Modern / BTH

Thursdays, 7:00–8:30 PM, Jazz / BTH

Fridays, 5:00-6:30pm PM, Ballet / BTH

Group B

Mondays, 4:00–5:15 PM, Ballet / FH

Thursdays, 7:00–8:30 PM, Modern / BTH

Fridays, 4:00–5:30 PM, Ballet / BTH

Saturdays, 9:00–10:30 AM, Jazz / BTH


YDE PREPARATORY, Level 4: $3275

Mondays, 5:00–6:30 PM, Ballet / BTH

Wednesdays, 4:30–6:30 PM, Modern / FH

Thursdays, 5:30–7:00 PM, Modern / BTH

Fridays, 5:30–6:30 PM, Ballet / BTH

Fridays, 6:30–8:00 PM, Horton Technique / BTH

Saturdays, 1:30–3:00 PM, Jazz/ BTH



Mondays, 3:45–5:30 PM, Modern and Repertory / FH

Tuesdays, 3:30–5:00 PM, Ballet / BTH

Tuesdays, 5:00–7:00 PM, Master Class/Project Block / BTH

Thursdays, 3:45–5:30 PM, Modern / BTH

Thursdays, 5:30–7:00 PM, Ballet / BTH

Fridays, 3:30–5:00 PM, Horton Technique / FH

Fridays, 5:00–6:30 PM, Release Technique / FH

Sundays, 3:00–4:30 PM, Jazz or Repertory Rehearsal / BTH

Please contact with questions.