While it is true that an inordinate number of Portland youths are mostly sedentary, quite a few are not. Among those enthusiastic youngsters, some are lucky enough to have supportive parents and the opportunity to develop a physical skill, beyond everyday play. When play is organized, every sport is an arena of such skills. Ball-handling skills, passing accuracy, and shooting under duress are three examples from basketball alone. The self-engineered stamina and endurance of long-distance running are two more. But some kids aren’t into the competitiveness of organized sports, and need an outlet that is still challenging and stimulating. For the ones that naturally love music and moving to it, there’s dance.
For kids and teens aged 10 to 18, the chance to show off their accumulated dance ability and maybe earn a spot on a gem of a local company’s roster comes at the Portland Youth Dance auditions at Casco Bay Movers Dance Studio (517 Forest Ave) on Saturday, September 9 from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. There is no fee to audition.
Accepted dancers will be placed into level I or II depending on ability. Portland Youth Dance teaches and performs both urban and formal dance styles, giving young artists a well-rounded set of skills to carry on into adulthood. The non-profit company requires dancers to participate in community outreach, as well. Some students choose to teach dance to elementary students at local schools. This ‘pay it forward’ philosophy, along with their ‘No Star, All Star’ maxim of performance without competition simply removes the fear of defeat that keeps many would-be young athletes home, dreaming. So if your kid has a dancing dream, click on http://portlandyouthdance.org/teen-dance-auditions-ages-10-18/ and take the first step toward helping them make it real.