Youth Programs at Dance Exchange

Dance Exchange’s Youth Programs offer opportunities for ages 8-18 to develop their dance training and cultivate their artistic voice through performance and a collaborative creative process. Youth and Teen Exchange meets every Thursday afternoon afterschool from September – June, with options to join for one semester or both.

Plus, Dance Exchange has outdoor camps for ages 6-10 over spring break and summer weeks to get youth active and learning about the environment with artists and activists. Click here for Moving Field Guide Camps.

Questions about youth programs? Contact Sam Horning at samh[at] or 301-270-6700 ext. 19.

Youth Exchange (ages 8-12)
Thursdays September 2017 – May 2018, 4:15 – 5:15 PM

Our Youth Exchange, for ages 8-12, introduces youth to collaborative dancemaking and performance. In a supportive, inclusive, and youth-centered environment, students can explore their creative potential through dance training and choreography. Youth Exchange is led by Dance Exchange artist and Programs Director Sam Horning.


  • Full Year: $450
  • Fall semester only (September – December, 2017): $200
  • Winter/Spring session only (January – May, 2018): $275

Semester registration & pro-rated drop-ins/late start

Teen Exchange (ages 13-18)
Thursdays September 2017 – May 2018, 5:30 – 7:30 PM

Teen Exchange offers opportunities for youth ages 13-18 to deepen their dance training and develop their choreographic potential through studio practice, performance, and creative organizational leadership. Teens will collaborate closely with each other, and with Dance Exchange associate artist Elizabeth Johnson and will help organize and facilitate public events and performances. Members of the Teen Exchange will have opportunities to create their own choreographic work, to expand their abilities as leaders in their community, to develop new friendships, participate in Dance Exchange creative projects, and take other Dance Exchange classes at a discount.

Tuition for Thursdays only:

  • Full year: $500
  • Fall session only (September – December, 2017): $225
  • Winter/Spring session only (January – May, 2018): $325

Teen Exchange participants also have the option to join Foundations in Contemporary DANCE, Dance Exchange’s public evening technique class, on Tuesdays 6:30-8 PM in an optional package with their Teen Exchange participation.

Teen Exchange + Foundations in Contemporary DANCE Package deal:

  • Full year: $850
  • Fall session only: $375
  • Winter/Spring session only: $525

Semester registration & pro-rated drop-ins/late start

  Youth Arts Night
Thursday, May 24 2018 at 7 PM

An annual celebration of young artists! An evening of performances by our Youth and Teen Exchange plus other local young artists who want to share their talent. Music, dance, theatre, poetry, visual art, and more. Interested? Contact Sam Horning at samh[at] for more info.