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.
We have a full Summer of Dance with classes for ages 2.5-Teens, including Mommy-n-Me, Ballet, Tap, Hip Hop, and Broadway.LEARN MORE
Dance and Art Camps run all summer long with convenient weekly registration. Dance Camp for ages 3.5-6 and Art in Motion for ages 6.5-10.LEARN MORE
An interdisciplinary dance immersion program for serious dancers ages 11-16. Sharpen your skills; experiment with new dance styles.LEARN MORE
Schedule of classes for 2014-15. Pre-registration for currently registered students June 23-27. Open registration begins July 1.LEARN MORE
Ballet, Hip Hop and Broadway themed Birthday Parties are the perfect way to make your children’s party a fun and memorable experience.LEARN MORE
We host additional programs for Adults & Children including Pilates, Dance, Fitness & Yoga for Adults, Music Together & Irish Step Dancing.LEARN MORE
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