American Youth Dance Theater was established in 1996 by accomplished professional dancer and native New Yorker Natalia Alonzo-Brillante. The school has since undergone three expansions and continues to grow. Children of all ages, backgrounds and levels of ability have discovered the joy of self expression through dance and music as students at AYDT.
Our teaching philosophy promotes learning in a positive, developmentally sound environment with lots of individual attention. AYDT’s personal approach to teaching dance helps each student who is willing to learn, reach their highest potential. Students feel a sense of pride in their accomplishments as they are encouraged to aspire towards their own personal goals in a manner which celebrates the individual and promotes self-esteem and positive body image
Parents looking for the best kids dance studio on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, NYC, will find a wide variety of classes for children of all ages from toddlers through high school. Our most popular classes include Mommy-n-Me and Tiny Tots for Toddllers and Ballet, Tap, Broadway Jazz and Hip Hop for dancers in Pre-school through High School. Our Summer Camps, Summer Classes and Summer Intensive programs prove to be increasingly popular every year, and we also offer Dance Themed Birthday Parties.
A studio’s teaching philosophy directly impacts the student’s learning experience.. more
We believe in performance as a vehicle to increase self-esteem and learning.. more
Class sizes at AYDT are kept small to ensure a good student teacher ratio.. more