YOUTHMOVES

Peformance Gaage Youth Moves

Since 2004, the Performance Garage has offered free dance classes to youth in the Spring Garden neighborhood, providing children ages 7-18 the opportunity to experience the joy of dance in a warm and welcoming environment.

YouthMoves enriches the lives of students by exposing them to the performing arts in a professional setting, and creates an outlet for self-expression. In addition to gaining formal dance skills, students have the opportunity to build confidence and self-discipline through physical and artistic education.

We welcome the Philadelphia Ballet as our resident 2020-2021 guests. Studio rentals are planned to reopen in January 2022. Requests for rentals may be submitted starting December 8, 2021. We look forward to hearing from you. 

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Jeanne Ruddy, co-founder and executive director with Dana Williams, director of the Franklin Learning Center Dance Department

L to R: Jeanne Ruddy, co-founder and executive director with Dana Williams, director of the Franklin Learning Center Dance Department.

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“Performance Garage classes are strict, but not constrictive. We have more fun here than other dance schools … we learn more about the dance world other than just dancing… we learn something new every time class meets and not just rehearsing for a show that we must do… It (Performance Garage) gets us out of our comfort zone…”
Stanley | High School Student

YOUTHMOVES AT A GLANCE

Summer

8 weeks of dance classes for kids ages 7-12 at the Roberto Clemente Park.

Fall Semester

15 weeks of bi-weekly classes in Dunham and Graham Technique for Franklin Learning Center high school students.

Spring Semester

15 weeks of bi-weekly classes in Dunham and Graham Technique for Franklin Learning Center high school students.

Performance

Students from the Franklin Learning Center perform works by the Performance Garage's Teaching Artists alongside their own choreography.

Gala

Select students perform at the Performance Garage's Gala alongside work by professional dancers.

Open Classes

Friends and family attend technique classes to see students' progress.

Workshops

Students engage with the DanceVisions Resident Artist through masterclasses, and are able to attend HubChats, open rehearsals, and performances.

TEACHING ARTISTS

yaTande Hunter, Graham Technique

Deborah Manning, Dunham Technique

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yaTande Hunter

yaTande Whitney V. Hunter, PhD (he/him/his) is a Chicago-born and bred, artist/culture worker, committed to activating #cultureascatalyst. A BLACK SEED Native (art, activism, and community driven-apparatus) and new Philadelphia resident, his work centers around nurturing and cultivating individual and communal spirit through dance-performance, education and curation. yaTande’s choreographic and performance art works have been presented through Kumble Theater, La Mama, Grace Exhibition Space, Panoply Performance Laboratory, Brooklyn International Performance Art Festival and in the streets of NYC, Chicago and Detroit. He has worked in performance with Martha Graham Dance Company, Rod Rodgers, Reggie Wilson, Martha Clarke, Fiona Templeton, Daria Faïn and Robert Kocik, John Jesurun, Kankouran West African Dance Company, Yass Hakoshima and others. He has also directed performance collectives under Hunter Dance Theater and Whitney Hunter [Medium], was a Movement Research Artist in Residence (2013-15), a founding member/curator of Social Health Performance Club, and is currently co-creator of Denizen Arts with his life partner, theatre artist, Jude Sandy.

Deborah Manning

A native of Philadelphia, Deborah Manning began her dance training at The Philadelphia School of Dance Arts. At age fourteen she joined Philadanco! where she worked with noted choreographers such as Talley Betty, Louis Johnson, Gene Hill Sagan, and William Dollar. Deborah continued her career joining the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in 1981. Upon retiring from the stage, Deborah has taught at many dance schools and universities across the globe. She also co-directed the Ailey Camp in Kansas City, MO. In 2001, Deborah acted as Artistic Administrator for Philadanco!. Now back to her roots in Philadelphia, she is a master instructor at the Philadelphia School of Dance Arts and continues to teach and mentor across the United States. Deborah acted as assistant re-stager of the ballet Bad Blood for Philadanco!’s 2014 Spring Season at the Kimmel Center. Currently, Deborah is also teaching at the French Communication Institute in Philadelphia.