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Video Introduction of Festival Dance & Performing Arts Youthreach

Youthreach Programs

Ballet Fantastique

 May 12, 2022

BALFan brought storybook ballet to the Palouse with engaging Youthreach opportunities. First to the Hartung Theatre for students bused from throughout the Palouse, and then directly to the Nez Perce at Lapwai Elementary. Students learned basic Ballet moves and vocabulary and then enjoyed engaging excerpts from the Beauty & the Beast storyline. 

Collision of Rhythm 

November 12, 2021

As part of Festival Dance's commitment to providing outstanding artistic experiences for our area youth, Collision of Rhythm presented a free educational program for area students. 

A duo of two unique artists performed at the Gladish Community and Cultural Center.  The Team performed, danced, and played 19 different instruments while giving the audience a sense of hope and joy mixed with inspiration and humor.   

Aaron Williams and Bronker Lee fill the stage as a 12 person ensemble would, amazing students, providing humor, and inspiring all 130 in-person/200 virtual participants with their message of hope!

Tango Del Cielo | March 2021

The world-class diverse dance company and music ensemble, Tango Del Cielo, created a first for us and them, with a virtual Youthreach project presented mid-March 2021. Maria Mendieta, Artistic Director, and harpist created an exceptional study guide and wove together a dynamic virtual program featuring the music and dance of Argentine Tango, Flamenco, Spanish Classical, and Latin Jazz. The program was rich in demonstrations, drawing bridges between dance, music, percussion, and science while introducing students and educators to an array of new instruments and styles of dance. 

Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble  April-May 2021

The residency of CPRDE provided another dynamic change of pace for our students and teachers, who had spent the year in the unique learning situations of the COVID pandemic. The month-long residency provided our rural communities and neighboring tribes a chance to virtually experience professional, world-class dance.

The featured piece included excerpts of a work by the late Donald McKayle, entitled Uprooted: Pero Resplando, which debuted in 2015. CPRDE dancers provided the background for some of the gestures in this dance and how they communicate the instability of a life uprooted. It helped to engage the students in the dance and allowed them to reflect on the emotions portrayed by this piece about undocumented immigrants.

Youthreach educational dance programs are  provided to area elementary students

and made possible by support from:

Past Youthreach Programs

When we touch the lives of our youth through performing arts, we broaden the minds of our young people,

teach them about beauty, and give them an experience of the diverse expression of dance.

“I love how students that don’t usually get exposed to dance experiences and education, get the chance to see and learn.”

“Loved it! Keep offering these wonderful programs!”

--Mrs. Patera, Jefferson Elementary, 4th Grade.

“I especially liked the part when the students went on stage and did some dance moves. I thought you did a great job of explaining how to position your body to make those really cool actions!”

– Student,

St. Mary’s School, 4th Grade

This opportunity helped students understand how music and dance allows us to communicate across time and cultures.” Julie Lippay, 5th Grade Teacher, Franklin Elementary, Pullman WA.

Photos courtesy of C. Rod Bacon

These programs are made possible due to our generous community sponsors and local, state, and national grant organizations.

If you would like to support us in our mission to bring the arts to the people and the people to the arts you can make a donation by clicking the donate button on the front page of this website, or by sending in your donation to

Festival Dance And Performing Arts, 875 Perimeter Dr, MS 2430, Moscow ID 83844