Bates Dance Festival hosts the Youth Arts Program (YAP), a community outreach program that brings youth from the surrounding Maine community, and their families, together with world-class artists to experience music and dance firsthand. YAP engages young people ages 6-17 in an intensive and enjoyable three weeks of performing and visual arts classes taught by a staff of gifted arts educators. YAP is structured as a full-day (9am to 4pm) non-residential program.

Program Details

Youth Arts Program: July 17August 5, 2017

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Bates Dance Festival hosts the Youth Arts Program (YAP), a community outreach program that brings youth from the Lewiston/Auburn, Maine community, and their families, together with world-class artists to experience the arts firsthand. YAP engages young people ages 6-17 in an intensive and enjoyable three weeks of dance and music classes taught by a staff of gifted arts educators. YAP is structured as a full-day (9am to 4pm) non-residential program.

Program Features

  • Every child takes dance, music, theater and visual arts classes
  • Daily classes provide dance experience from hip hop and jazz to modern, ballet and yoga
  • Music classes include singing, rhythm, drumming and music from around the world
  • Visual arts, theater and storytelling classes offer additional avenues for expression
  • Targeted learning groups for students entering grades 2-3, 4-6, 7-11
  • Younger students develop imagination and cooperation skills in creative movement classes
  • Teens study choreography and collaborate to develop a new dance piece
  • Master classes and demonstrations by internationally renowned artists from Bates Dance Festival
  • Every child contributes to the creation of a final production that is performed in the Festival Finale
  • Complimentary tickets to select Festival performances and events
  • Healthy lunch and snacks each day
  • The arts offer meaningful ways to engage children intellectually, emotionally and physically.

Research shows that study in the arts:

  • Increases children’s self-confidence
  • Improves learning
  • Increases self-discipline and expression
  • Promotes tolerance and increases understanding of different cultures
  • Instills a sense of joy

Program Location and Dates

Youth Arts Program will take place from Monday, July 17 through Saturday, August 5, from 9am to 4pm at the Mays Center on the Bates College campus. A mandatory orientation meeting for all participants will be held on Sunday afternoon, July 16. A class showing will take place Friday, August 4 at 1pm with an early dismissal at 2pm. The Festival Finale rehearsal and performance will occur on Saturday, August 5.

For more information email or call the Admission Director, Alexandra Bell at the Bates Dance Festival office, or 786-6381.

Program Costs

Early Bird program fee is $675 (by Wednesday, April 12) plus the non-refundable $10 application fee. After that date the fee is $750 plus the $10 application fee. The program cost covers the three-week program including lunch in the Bates Dining Common, daily snacks and complimentary tickets for select Festival events. Family discounts are available for full tuition paying students.

Admission Requirements

  • Enthusiasm for the arts – dance, music, theater, visual arts and writing
  • Willingness to try new things and contribute ideas

Children with no experience or lots of experience can participate, gain new skills, and HAVE FUN!

Early Bird Discount

Early Bird program fee is $675 if received by Wednesday, April 12, after that date the fee is $750 plus the non-refundable $10 application fee. (see program costs below)

This summer will marks the 24th year of our Youth Arts Program (YAP), a community outreach program that brings youth from our community, and their families, together with world-class artists to experience dance, music, visual and literary arts firsthand. YAP engages young people grades 2-10 in an intensive and enjoyable three weeks of arts classes taught by a staff of gifted arts educators. YAP is structured as a full-day (9am to 4pm) non-residential program. During the three-weeks students experience a range of dance/movement styles — from modern and ballet to hip hop, social dance and yoga– as well as musical genres from around the world, theater, storytelling, poetry, writing and visual arts. The arts offer meaningful ways to engage children in healthy, creative and expressive ways. Our mission is to enrich children’s lives through the arts.


The Bates Dance Festival offers a limited number of partial and full YAP scholarships to qualifying low-income students (those living in subsidized housing or on the school free lunch program). Scholarship forms are available online or from school guidance offices or the Bates Dance Festival.

Registration Process and Deadline

Registrations are processed on a first-come, first-serve basis until all age groups are filled. A waiting list will be maintained in the event that space becomes available. To register please submit the registration form along with the required forms available on the YAP Student Forms page. All registration forms and fees are due by Wednesday, May 17, 2017.


If notified by Wednesday, July 5 a full refund will be made less a $30 processing fee. No refunds will be made after this date.

Program Sponsors

Youth Arts is made possible with generous support from: Center Street Dental, Leonard C. and Mildred F. Ferguson Foundation, Lewiston-Auburn Children’s Home,  Mechanics Savings Bank, Morton-Kelly Charitable Trust and the Sequoia Foundation.

To Register:

Please download, print, complete and mail the registration and required forms along with your $10 registration fee per child.  If you plan to apply for a scholarship please also print, complete and mail that form along with the required documentation.  These forms cannot be completed online or emailed to us due to privacy laws and for your protection.

Please Mail Forms to:

Bates Dance Festival
305 College St.
Lewiston, ME 04240

Faculty & Staff

Professional, experienced, nationally recognized artists and teachers of children.

Patrik Ferreri (dance instructor) – is a dancer, teacher, explorer who holds a BFA in dance from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts as well as a 200-hour yoga certification from the Laughing Lotus Yoga Center in New York City.   Patrick believes that learning occurs best in conversation, and has led conversations at New York University, Manhattan’s 92nd Street Y, the Overlook International Festival in St. Petersburg, Russia, the Isadora Festival in Krasnoyarsk, Siberia, Jane Weiner’s Hope Stone, Inc in Houston, TX, ODC Dance Center in San Francisco, CA, the Contemporary Dance and Fitness Center in Montpelier, VT and at community centers and universities around the country through his work with David Dorfman Dance. He joined the YAP faculty in 2008 and is currently performing in Emursive and Punchdrunk’s Off-Broadway production of Sleep No More.

Rob Flax (music instructor & accompanist) is a multi-instrumentalist, improviser, composer, and educator with a playful heart and an open mind. Classically trained on the violin since age 8, he has performed locally, nationally, and internationally with groups of many different styles, including opening for B.B. King and Tower of Power, collaborations with dancers and filmmakers (including work on the soundtrack of James Franco’s film As I Lay Dying), and several original projects. Rob is a recent graduate of the New England Conservatory (M.M. 2012 – Contemporary Improvisation, Music In Education), a dance accompanist at the Boston Conservatory, and he currently teaches both group and private lessons in the greater Boston area. Rob joined the YAP faculty in 2012.

Yvonne Hernandez is a dance artist, IIN Health Coach, CPT, and has been a company member and rehearsal director with Jennifer Archibald’s Arch Dance Company since 2010. With Arch Dance she has had opportunities to teach at ArchCore 40, Balletakademien Stockholm, Howard University, Columbia/Barnard University, Fordham/Ailey Program, Cap21 NYC and to perform at various venues and festivals. Yvonne began her performing career in San Diego, CA. serving as Eveoke Dance Theatre’s Concert Company dancer, choreographer, teacher, and youth performing group director. In San Diego Yvonne she also set numerous works for the San Diego Symphony, Cal State San Marcos, the Conservatory at Canyon Crest Academy, and worked collaboratively with local companies. Yvonne has also danced with Raja Feather Kelly’s The Feath 3r Theory. She is a graduate of the Conservatory of Performing Arts at Point Park University in Pittsburgh, PA. Since 2007 she has served on the faculty of the Youth Arts Program.


Terrence Karn  (Music Director/instructor) In 1971 began his career as dance musician at The Minnesota Dance Theatre, as a dancer with The Andahazy Ballet, and a performer at The Minnesota Renaissance Festival. In 1976 he moved to Houston, TX to work at The Texas Renaissance Festival and began a long standing career as a world music and dance artist in Houston area schools. Terrence has served as an accompanist and Character Dance teacher at the Houston Ballet Academy (1988-2007); Resident Musician in the School of Theatre and Dance at the University of Houston (1999-2007); and Resident Musician in the Department of Dance at Denison University (2007-2011). This summer he will return to the Bates Dance Festival for his 18th year as the Musical Director for the Youth Arts Program and will return to the American Dance Festival for his 5th year as an accompanist. Terrence has composed numerous works for dance companies on planet earth, and has played for over 17,527 dance classes & counting.

Annalyn Lehnig (theatre and storytelling teacher) – earned her BFA in theatre with an emphasis on original work from Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle, WA. In New Orleans, she worked as a teaching artist and administrator with YAP Program Director, Dana Reed, to develop and promote Hope Stone Kids New Orleans (now Upturn Arts), an arts outreach program that provides artistic learning opportunities for at-risk youth. As a founding member of the Heart Hustle Collective, she has created and produced three original pieces; The Circus LoveSick (San Diego, CA), Mimicry (San Diego, CA) and Quinta Essentia (New Orleans). Annalyn currently resides in Brooklyn.

Dana Reed is thrilled to be back at the Bates Dance Festival this summer to rejoin the YAP team. She has been involved with YAP since 2002 and took a couple summers off to start a family.  Dana currently lives in New Orleans, LA where she is Executive Director of Upturn Arts; whose mission is to provide “Arts for All”. The Youth Arts Program and community inspired Dana’s career path and opened many doors of opportunity.  Dana is looking forward to sharing this experience with her daughter, Abhaya.

Priscilla Rivas (YAP Director, dance & visual arts instructor) is the Artistic Director of the Colombian Folkloric Ballet and a performer/choreographer with Gypsy Dance Theatre. She is actively involved in teaching dance to children in urban areas. Priscilla holds a BS degree in Early Childhood Education, a Masters Degree in Educational Leadership, and is currently a PhD student at the University of Houston’s College of Education. She has been an elementary classroom teacher for 8 years and is now an Assistant Principal at an inner city elementary school in Houston, Texas.