10 Things You Will Miss If You Aren’t At YCP’s Pop-ups

10 Things You Will Miss If You Aren’t At YCP’s Pop-ups


YCP is doing things differently this year.  We have two workshops that are bound to be an extraordinary experience for everyone involved.  Our first workshop will take place on April 7th & 8th in Los Angeles at Downtown Dance and Movement.  The second workshop will take place April 27th, 28th, & 29th at Hirschl School of Dance Arts in Orange County.

Here are 10 amazing things that you will surely miss if you don’t attend at least one of these events.

1.  Friidom

If you don’t know who Friidom is, we suggest you start by checking out his Instagram (@thefriidom).  Darell “Friidom” Dunn is a movement composer who oozes with creativity.  We are excited to have him join us at our LA workshop and who knows, maybe he’ll also make an appearance in OC.

2.  Meet Other Dancers From All Over

If you’re attending the LA workshop, you can count on meeting other dancers who attend middle schools and high schools throughout Los Angeles.  From the Westside to the Valley, to South LA; this event is open to the public.  What exactly are dancers and dance teams doing over there in the Valley?  Find out at the workshop.

Are you attending the Orange County workshop?  Meet dancers from all over the OC; from Anaheim to Buena Park.  This is your chance to collaborate and dance with dancers you’ve never worked with before.

3. Learn Valuable Concept Creation Tools

Have you ever wanted to create a piece of choreography, but had difficulty coming up with a solid concept?  Gain access to valuable tools and exercises that help you create concepts quickly that will help you connect with audiences and leave them feeling inspired.

Our Program Director Irene Watson has the goods and she’s excited to share what she knows.

4.  There Are Two Ways to Participate

Both workshops have two levels of participation.  So maybe you’re not interested in learning how to create choreography, but you love to dance.  There’s an option to participate as a dancer in both workshops.   The cool thing is the ticket is cheaper and you get to perform in the showcase at the end of the weekend.  You’ll still be part of the choreography process, but you will be a dancer for one of the choreographers.

So, you’re a natural born leader and are ready to sharpen your leadership skills.  You love making up dance routines with your friends or for your dance team and can’t wait to share your creations.  If this sounds like you, then you should definitely participate as a choreographer.  Lead other dancers in improv exercises, create and develop a concept, and showcase your work at the end of the weekend.

5.  Alex Floyd and OdDancity

Program Lead, Alex Floyd proves that dance doesn’t always have to be pretty.  A master of storytelling, and the first to start a dance company that produces Dance Horrors, Alex Floyd will make your workshop experience a unique one.  If you want to create something different that has never been done before, then you don’t want to miss out on the chance to work with Alex.

6.  Pia Vinson

We are happy to have Pia Vinson return as a mentor and instructor.  As of lately, Pia has been setting the dance and choreography world on fire.  Pia dives deep into the creative process and all of her work demonstrates her commitment to creating authentic and honest movement.  We know for sure she will be at the LA workshop and we are hoping she will make an appearance in OC too.

7.  Can you really create a dance piece in one weekend?  Our answer is, “Yes!”

Although this may sound challenging, think about how accomplished you will feel after creating your own choreography in just one weekend.  Not only will you create your own work, but you get to share it with your friends and family at the end of the weekend.  Our instructors and mentors have been doing this for years and they’ve got your back!  All we ask is that you keep an open mind and play full out.

8.  Join the YCP Family

There is an unspoken magic that is created at YCP events and everyone who has participated before knows what I’m describing.  The connections that are created are special and last beyond our workshops or programs.  We like to create opportunities for our students to continue to create movement.  This often includes submissions into dance festivals, feedback sessions, and pizza parties.  Your YCP experience isn’t over at the end of the workshop if you don’t want it to be.

9. Katie McCulla

Calling all Ballerinas!  We’ve got Katie McCulla the Rogue Ballerina.  If you are a ballerina at heart but want to break out of your technique a bit and explore other ways of moving, then you don’t want to miss this opportunity to work with Katie.

10.  A Kick of Spicy Cuteness

We’re talking about Alex Drattel.  She’s back after performing on cruise ships all over the world.  If you want to know first-hand what that’s like, you don’t want to miss the opportunity to work with Alex.  She may be little, but she’s fiery and loves to move.  Learn to be bold, courageous and relentless on the dance floor with A Kick of Spicy Cuteness.

Event Registration & Ticket Information

YCP Pop-up Showcase – Los Angeles April 7th & 8th

When: Saturday, April 7th 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM, Sunday, April 8th 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Where: Downtown Dance & Movement, 1144 South Hope Street, Los Angeles, CA 90015
Tickets: Register and Buy Tickets Here

YCP Pop-up Showcase – Orange County April 27th, 28th, & 29th

When: Friday, April 27th 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM, Saturday, April 28th 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM, Sunday, April 29th 1:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Where:  Hirschl School of Dance Arts, 1012 North Tustin Avenue, Anaheim, CA 92807
Tickets: Register and Buy Tickets Here

Do you need financial assistance?  Email info@ycpla.org for discount codes.

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