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"City Youth Dance Ensemble"

Artistic Director

Deborah Mason

The School at DMPAC offers a unique training program known for providing students with the necessary

tools for a professional career in dance. The non profit (501C3) Cambridge Youth Dance Program

is the umbrella for the :City Youth Dance Ensemble", a Pre-Professional Dance Program for young adults.

CYDP provides top level training and professional opportunities. In addition to the extensive, well-rounded

curriculum of classes.  The "City Youth Dance Ensemble" have the opportunity to work closely with renowned

choreographers and participate in performances at several venues! CYDP's Jr. & Sr. Youth Ensembles have positively

influenced hundreds of children from various organizations by extending their knowledge and love for dance through

performances and interactive workshops, inspiring participants and enhancing their sense of community.

Cited by the United States Senate in Washington, DC for providing a high quality arts education,

The versatility of the dancers captivates audiences with an impressive range of styles

in the art of ballet, modern dance, character, Broadway, tap, jazz, and drama.

Under the artistic direction of founder, Deborah Mason, CYDP has flourished into a performing arts

program with a rigorous schedule and an extensive community outreach program.

While fostering an appreciation for the performing arts, CYDP also encourages dancers

to pursue their interests as choreographers, administrators, and other dance-related occupations.

CYDP "City Youth Dance Ensemble" is a pre-professional  youth dance and performance company encompassing

dynamic current students and alumni. 


CYDP "City Youth Dance Ensemble" is for dancers who are dedicated to the art of dance and the training provided at this institution.

The school makes a significant investment in each of the dancers, providing subsidized tuition, intensive training, opportunities to

perform as well as providing outside professional connections in the entertainment industry. Choreographers who work with our

Dance Company include our director, faculty, and guest artists who are renowned professionals from the dance world.

Our program has been a supportive network providing countless opportunities to our dancers and our community, transcending the term

"Pre-Professional Training". 


Below is a list that reflects the wide scope of careers and opportunities our alumni are engaged in.

Young Arts winner with distinction 2024

Moving Forward Collective Company 2024

Miami City Ballet


Alonzo King Lines

American Ballet Theater

Body Traffic

Boston Conservatory at Berklee

Jacobs Pillow_The Pillow Contemporary Program


Joffrey Ballet

MTV Awards with Arianna Grande

American Music Awards with Beyonce

The Kennedy Center for Performing Arts

The Imperial Theater on Broadway in the production of "Billy Elliot"

The Kennedy Library 

Duke Ellington Theater 

The Oberon 

PFLAG featuring Betty Degeneres. 

MTV Music Awards with Beyonce 

MTV videos with Janet Jackson

Tour with "The Weekend"

Tap City

Touring productions of "Evita"

"Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat"

Fenway Park Tributes for Michael Jackson and Prince 

"Fela" at Cutler Majestic Theater 

Debbie Allen's "Brothers of the Knight" 

Wheelock Family Theater

N.E. Patriots Dancers

New York Knick City Dancers

The American Tap Dance Orchestra

Maurice Hines, Emerson Majestic Theater​


"Billy Elliot"

"The Temptations"

Cinema Film:

"Breaking Brooklyn" with Lou Gossett.


Dance Scholarships Colleges:

Ailey/Fordham, Harvard Summer Dance, Harvard Dance Program, Bates College, 

Dean College, Alvin Ailey, Earl Moseley's Institute for the Arts, Bermuda Civic Ballet, 

Copley Square Ballet, New York City Ballet, Boston Ballet, Boston Conservatory at Berklee, 

American Ballet Theater, Joffrey Ballet, Hofstra.


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