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 Joy of Motion’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.