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.

The Youth Ensemble season is divided into three terms: Fall, Winter, and Spring. During each term, training in Ballet and Modern will be provided as well as repertory workshops. These new works will be showcased during culminating performances and performances throughout the Chicagoland area. To ensure artistic and technical growth, we require your full commitment to the program. Noted below are the corresponding dates, including terms, performance dates, and vacation days.


Deeply Rooted Dance Theater
17 N State, 19th Floor


Sundays, 3:00-6:30pm

Drop-in: 3:00-5:00pm (times subject to change)


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

October 7th – December 2nd

Winter Term

January 6th – February 24th

Spring Term

March 17th – May 5th

Final Performances

Saturday, May 11th, 2019

Sunday, May 12th, 2019


Thanksgiving – November 25th – December 2nd

Christmas – December 16th – January 6th

Spring – April 14th- April 21st

Fall Term – Due 9/30


Winter Term – Due 12/30


Spring Term – Due 3/10


Full Season


Drop-in rate


Production Fee – Due 4/7
+ $200

Artistic Staff

Nicole Clarke-SpringerDance Education Director

Dereque WhithursAssistant Director


Dominique AtwoodBallet

Marylana LocklearHorton

Pierre ClarkModern

Shanna CruzatAssistant

Ahmad HillAssistant

Ricky DavisAssistant

Artistic Team

Kevin Iega JeffArtistic Director

Gary AbbotAssociate Artistic Director

Nicole Clarke-SpringerArtistic Team Member

Joshua L. IshmonAssociate Artistic Team Member