A Step Beyond Set to Participate In This Year’s San Diego Youth Dance Festival

Photo courtesy of the Coronado School of the Arts

A Step Beyond is proud to be a part of this year’s San Diego Youth Dance Festival [link to info page], taking place at the Coronado School for the Arts on Saturday, February 25th and Sunday, February 26th! The San Diego Youth Dance Festival (SDYDF) is an annual community dance experience for youth, ages 12 – 18, to come together to celebrate dance, embody new experiences, and connect with fellow dancers from across San Diego County. 

 Over the course of two days, youth from all over San Diego will come together as a community to embody new dance learning offered and facilitated by guest teaching artists, youth presenters, dance leaders, and/or movement catalysts.  During Dance Days youth are invited to participate in dance classes, dance lectures/discussions, and community building opportunities.  There will be a total of 18 dance learning opportunities over the course of both days.

Photo courtesy of Francis Parker Middle School

Not only is SDYDF a great opportunity for a diverse group of students to connect with one another, it is also a chance for every dance group to participate in an adjudicated performance. Adjudication will provide dancers and choreographers with feedback from the SDYDF adjudicating panel as well as the possibility to be selected for the annual SDYDF Award. The performances are open to the public and are from 6:30-8:30pm on each night of the festival. Buy tickets here:

The weekend will culminate in a dance party to celebrate the hard work of all involved in making this exceptional dance learning experience happen. Dance youth leaders from the following schools and organizations have participated in the planning of this Festival:  

  • School of Creative and Performing Arts (SCPA)
  •  Malashock Dance
  • Culture Shock San Diego
  • The Monarch School
  • Francis Parker School
  • Mojalet Dance Collective
  • TranscenDance Youth Arts Project
  • Coronado School for the Arts
  •  San Diego County Office of Education Arts Department
  • Maraya Arts
  • Mission Hills High School
  • Seaside Arts Academy
Photo courtesy of the Coronado School of the Arts

With all these excellent programs involved, the 2023 SDYDF promises to be an extraordinary community dance experience. ASB is proud to have our Artistic Director, Jennifer Oliver, be a part of the festival’s Steering Committee, and to have Ms. Nhu’s performance group partake in the dance classes and performances throughout the weekend. Interested in learning more? Visit the SDYDF website: