Launched in the spring of 2015, PDT's Boys Dance Too! Scholarship Program is aimed at recruiting boys from underserved communities interested in dance. Led by program director and professional dancer, Jose Luis Trujillo, the tuition-free program offers a place for boys to feel encouraged to pursue the art of dance in an environment that stresses discipline, focus, grace and presentation, hard work, and dedication.  This program is designed to foster creativity, enhance athletic skills, increase flexibility, build muscle strength and help develop coordination.  

PDT's Conservatory is dedicated to bringing ballet and contemporary dance as well as other forms of dance into the lives of boys to provide performance opportunities whether they desire a professional career in dance or not.



Boys participate in technique class corresponding to their level as well as boys ballet followed by contemporary dance. Boys are required to audition and commit to 4-6 dance classes per week from September through May in addition to production rehearsals.   

During the Summer Intensive participants who take advantage of this program usually advance their technical, artistic, and performance skills.  Boys will also be exposed to a wide variety of dance styles, workshops, and special guest artists.  


Performance Opportunities

Boys will have the opportunity to perform in Pasadena Dance Theatre's annual production of The Nutcracker.  The year culminates with the Conservatory In Concert, both taking place at the San Gabriel Mission Playhouse.  In addition, boys will also have another opportunity to perform if they participate in the Conservatory's Summer Intensive Program end of session showcase, Summer Showings. 



Participation in this program is by audition only.  Auditions are held in the fall.  Please see audition calendar for more details.  All boys accepted into the program must re-audition every year on the scheduled audition date.  

Click HERE for more audition information.


In their own words

By participating in the Boys Dance Too! program at Pasadena Dance Theatre, I get to improve my skills in dancing and have friendships with other boys who like to dance, too.
— Jacob Schmieder-Hacker (Age 15)

“I can truly call PDT a second home. Personally,
being able to take classes everyday due to the boys program has helped my improve immensely.”
— Brandon Karagozian (Age 16)

I think it’s really fun to dance with other boys because I am taught more specific male dance movements and it motivates me to see what the other boys can do.
— Alex Olson (Age 12)

The Boys Dance Too Program is special to me because I love dancing and making friends with other boys who like to dance also. I get to experience different styles of dancing and I feel great when I walk out of a dance class if I have done a good job. Also BDT! helps me build my strength so it is easier to do other things I couldn’t do before.
— Phineus Holman (Age 10)