This year our CTDF Youth Dance Intensive hours are 8 am -3:30 pm July 6-July 9. There will be a final presentation on Sunday, July 11 @ 3 pm in Congo Square. The cost per student is $300 which includes a dance bag and a Tank top as well as breakfast, lunch, and snacks. Full and Partial Scholarships are available! In order to qualify for a scholarship, fill out the registration form and submit a non-refundable $50 registration fee. The registration fee must be paid in order to secure a spot. 

Our Children

CTDF Youth Dance Intensive welcomes dancers ages 8-16 years of age.  Our goal is to provide an intimate setting that nurtures, encourages, and inspires dancers to further train in dance. CTDF emphasizes the cultural contributions of the people, movements, and history of the African Diaspora. We will specifically focus on those that are ingrained in the landscape of New Orleans.

Our stories

Dancers take part in a week-long dance intensive. Various mentoring performance artists, historians, and culture bearers of the city will teach at this year’s Cultural Ties Dance Festival. This immersion provides a platform for many stories, lessons, and training that is not available in mainstream dance education outside of New Orleans.

Our future

We hope to inspire the youth and encourage them to share their festival experiences with their communities. We want our youth to continue their studies in the movements of the African Diaspora and become the new generation of culture bearers. We recognize the importance of knowing our history in order to build a brighter future. Therefore, CTDF Youth Intensive is dedicated to providing a space where participants can stand on the shoulders of the performing artist leaders of today to reach higher heights tomorrow.


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2021 Youth Intensive

Dance Class Line up

West African – (Congolese & Ivory Coast)

Haitian, Afro Cuban, Afro Brazilian

Jazz, Second Line, Modern, Afro Modern







2021 Teaching Artist