DANCE & CHOREOGRAPHY
Michigan Youth Arts Festival (MYAF), founded in 1963, is a comprehensive arts spectacular, culminating a nine-month search for the finest artistic talent in Michigan high schools. More than 250,000 students across the state are involved in the adjudication process, resulting in nearly 1,000 students being invited to participate in the annual three-day event held each year in May.
For more information on MYAF, please visit www.michiganyoutharts.org
Michigan Dance Council sponsors the Dance Component of the Festival. Over 100 dance students and their teachers are invited to attend the festival annually.
Organizational membership fees, applications and cast list form must be submitted by Friday, December 8, 2017. Please submit one payment per studio or school. New or renewed Michigan Dance Council student memberships must be submitted online by Friday, January 12, 2018. All MDC memberships must be current through 5/12/2018 in order to adjudicate and attend the festival.
Become an MDC member NOW!
Step 1: Adjudication Application & Choreography Submission Forms
Be sure to complete BOTH the Adjudication Application form and Student Choreography Submission/Ensemble Choreography Submission forms below, as well as submit Adjudication fees, listed at the bottom of this page.
Step 2: Purchase Selections
A Thursday evening Welcome Concert showcases all participating art forms, including two pre-selected dance works.
Selected Dance Students participate in technique and composition classes in a variety of genres taught by master teachers from around the state.
MDC- SPONSORED DANCE SHOWCASE CONCERT
The MYAF Dance Showcase highlights the outstanding, pre-selected dance talent found in Michigan’s high schools and private studio programs. Participants must be in grades 9-12. The Showcase performance is free and open to the public.
TOUCHSTONE DANCE TEACHER OF YEAR AWARD AND RECEPTION
The Michigan Dance Educator of the Year is honored at the MYAF Touchstone Award Reception.
For more information on the Michigan Youth Arts Festival and MYAF Dance guidelines, please visit: www.michiganyoutharts.org
HOW TO PARTICIPATE
PERFORMING AT THE FESTIVAL
Each February, a panel of three adjudicators select works in a variety of genres to perform at that season's MYAF. The statewide dance adjudication process attempts to discover outstanding high school dance and choreography students, further challenging and stimulating those dancers selected to participate in the workshops, classes, and performances at the Festival.
ENROLL IN DANCE CLASSES
Dance Students selected to perform at MYAF are also invited to participate in technique, world concert, and choreography workshops and master classes taught by expert clinicians from around the state.
COME AND ENJOY THE SHOW!
The MDC Dance Concert is open to the public, free of cost!