Profile Type: Cultural Nonprofit
Cultural Nonprofit

The Cambridge Youth Dance Program unites people across racial, ethnic and social barriers bringing the best young dance talent together with the passion and vision of today’s emerging choreographers. Under the Artistic direction of Founder, Deborah Mason, CYDP has flourished into a performing arts program with a rigorous schedule and an extensive community outreach program.

CYDP has produced and performed:
Kennedy Center for Performing Arts,
Presidential Kennedy Library,
Smithsonian Institute, D.C for American Jazz History,
State Street Pavillion at Fenway Park for Latino recognition.
Duke Ellington Theater, D.C

CYDP past performances include “IMAGINE” a history and interpretation of the catalog of Beatles Music,

“SWINGING THE BLUES" a history and interpretation of singers and musicians music such as James Brown, Etta James, Ray Charles and more,

“FOSSE” a presentation of style and musical theater,

"History of Tap", a presentation of how the style began in American culture, how it progressed and where it is now, for schools, and local events.

“Bridges not Walls” a production based on bullying for junior and high school age children. CYDP is sharing ownership of the issues that concern our whole community, and sharing the road to making the community’s future a better place to live-the road to our community’s future and an engaged community is the only road to significant and lasting change. We are celebrating all the things we love and encouraging them to share their potential gifts.

The "Z" Factor, How this generation perceives the world after 911

"Divertissement", A series of Entertaining, Inspiring, Spirited, Diversified Dances..

"PEOPLE AMONG US", Characters from all walks of life come together in a series of entertaining dance vignettes

"The American Dream" Boston Globe Top Ten Editors Pick!

Boston Globe Top Ten Editors Pick!
Dance and multimedia imagery are woven together to tell powerful, true-life stories of social injustice, oppression, and our constant struggle with self-worth. Young dance artists of CYDP Dance Company remind us all to believe in our limitless ability and the power of the human spirit.

"I have asked a lot of them, to share their stories, their lives,
their fears, their hopes, and their dreams with me. I have seen all of the dancers' hard work break through, and it touches my heart in an explainable way. They bring to life the ups and downs of adolescence in a way that truly exposes the essence of what it is like to be a teen these days. The tears in their eyes and passion they put into this show is inspiring, and I thank them for the dedication and commitment to making it come to life. They are changing lives. One audience member at a time.

Contact Information

First Name: 
Job Title/Position: 
Artistic Director
Mailing Address: 
624 Somerville Ave
Somerville, MA 02143
Physical Address: 
624 Somerville Ave
Somerville, MA 02143
Last Name: 
Parent Organization/Affiliation: 
American Repertory Theater


Profile Type: 
Cultural Nonprofit
Primary Discipline: 
Dance - General
Additional Disciplines: 
Dance - Ballet
Dance - Hip Hop
Dance - Jazz
Dance - Modern / Contemporary
Dance - Tap / Percussive
Year Founded: 
Populations Served: 
General Public
School Groups
Institution/Business Type: 
Schools of the Arts
Activities and Services: 
Arts for Social Change / Creative Activism
Consulting - Organizational Capacity
Curriculum Development
Workshops / Demonstrations / Master Class
Geographic Reach: 
Town / City
Multi-State Region

Accessibility of Services

Access accommodations for people who use a wheelchair and have limited mobility