Youth Ensemble

Deeply Rooted Youth Ensemble is a training program led by Deeply Rooted’s Artistic Team, company members, and select guest artists. Training in ballet, modern, African-based techniques, and repertory workshops, develops the dancer’s technical skill and performance readiness.

To ensure artistic and technical growth we require each dancer to commit to participating in the full season of the Youth Ensemble. The Youth Ensemble season consists of three terms (with an additional optional term for summer): Fall, Winter, Spring, and Summer Dance Intensive.  During each term, training in Ballet and Modern will be provided as well as repertory workshops led by a Deeply Rooted Artistic Staff. These new works (3) will be showcased during the final performance(s) as well as requested performance opportunities throughout the Chicagoland area. Dancers must commit to the entire season to provide a consistent learning atmosphere. Below you will find the corresponding dates for each season as well as vacation days and tentative performance dates.




October 4–November 22
Sundays Technique Class 3:00–4:30 PM CST, Repertory Rehearsal 4:30–6:30 PM CDT

Technique Class (Drop-in): 3:00-4:30pm (times subject to change)

Repertory Rehearsal: 4:30-6:30pm


Attendance is mandatory!

If you are unable to attend the scheduled class or rehearsal due to sickness or emergency, please inform the Dance Education Manager, Samantha Brown.

All other conflicts or absences must be submitted in writing one week in advance using the Youth Ensemble Conflict Forms provided by the office.

Excessive absenteeism and tardiness [over three (3)] may lead to dismissal from the program.

In case of illness or injury, participants are encouraged to observe class and rehearsals and take notes.

Fall Term

Virtual Fall Term

Dates: October 4–November 22
Sundays Technique Class 3:00–4:30 PM CST, Repertory Rehearsal 4:30–6:30 PM CDT

Full session Tuition (including Informal Sharing): $300

Drop In Technique Class Only: $20, Sundays 3:00–4:30 PM CST

Select an option below to register

Drop-In Rate | $20
Fall Full Session | $300

Artistic Staff

Artistic Staff
Nicole Clarke-Springer | Artistic Director
Tracey Franklin | Dance Education Director
Dereque Whiturs | Community Workshops

Samantha Brown | Dance Education Manager
Tiana Thompson | Dance Education Assistant

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