American Youth Dance Theater
New York’s finest dance school for children


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.


The recital was a terrific experience. Thanks so much for your hard work, I know you and the faculty have a lot of additional work and responsibility because of the recital and it is a truly unique and priceless experience for the students.

Barbara, Parent

Taking hip hop class has helped me improve my football skills!

Jacob, Student

I would like especially to thank all your Ballet team for your support, dedication and energy to get the girls ready for the ABT exams. You have been able to develop incredible improvement, and inspire passion of dance, friendship and team spirit.

Freddie, Parent

Zoe loves going to class and practices at home every night and puts on recitals for us all the time. Thanks for giving her such a great experience!

Lisa, Parent

We are so “proud” of you–we feel as though we’ve watched you and the studio grow to such a wonderful, professional but human school and are so thrilled for your success!

Jane, Parent
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Caring Teaching Philosophy

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Self-Esteem and Learning

We believe in performance as a vehicle to increase self-esteem and learning.. more

Student to Teacher Ratio

Class sizes at AYDT are kept small to ensure a good student teacher ratio.. more

Professionally Constructed Studio

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