Youth Intensive

The Exhale Dance Youth Intensive(EDYI) is a paraprofessional performance program for dancers in grades 2nd-12th.  Through a serious study of the art form and technique of dance, our company members gain the knowledge and strength needed for artistic excellence.  Students will participate in performances and educational workshops that will assist their personal growth on-and-off the dance floor.

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Students Involved in the EDYI Program Gain Life Skills:

A Dance Education Good Enough for a Lifetime:

Dance is an art form: Mrs. Jen wants to ensure that dance remains an education and an art form, not a space to judge and compare.  She wants her pre-professional team to focus on the development of each dancer as an individual and to foster a love of dancing that will last a lifetime. Her entire faculty believes that dance should be largely based on the core technique and remain a confidence building art form rather than focusing on flashy tricks that can lead to injuries. It is part of her life mission to create a dance program that is viable and can be carried with her students throughout their lives.  Not just good enough for the moment; good enough for a lifetime.   

Leadership Skills:

Leadership building: Students in the EDC gain leadership skills by learning and performing solos, mentoring younger students, assisting in our recreational classes and leading/planning community events. These leadership skills include inclusion, a strong work ethic, “I can” confidence and accountability.

Importance of Volunteerism:

Performances:  Our company members perform roughly about 4-6 times a season.  We do not focus on competitions, but rather, find community/benefit events to be more meaningful.  These shows include Exhale’s Winter (first Saturday in December)/Spring ( Saturday in May) concert, The Haunted Train Ride (1st or 2nd Saturday in October), The Polar Plunge (Late March/Early April) and Norfolk Community Day (First Saturday in June) to name a few.

“I learned (from Jen) how to live fully with passion, determination, strength, and grace.” ~ Hannah G (Former Student)
“With my daughter’s team, thanks to Miss Jen, all the dancers have a very strong work ethic that has taught them about teamwork, leadership, and accountability and given them much confidence.” ~ Karen D (Parent)