Our Mission is to support the development of young people into magnificent human beings through participation in the performing arts. We achieve this through our program offerings that allow students to perform at the highest level possible.
Founded in 1990, Youth Education in the Arts affords young members the opportunity to participate in prestigious events across the country. In addition to their regularly scheduled competitions, showcases and recitals, YEA! students have performed with recording acts such as Shania Twain and Destiny's Child, appeared on MTV, the Late Show with David Letterman and the Today Show, as well as being featured performers in the annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade and members of the 2009 Inaguaral Parade. YEA! has also provided ensembles for professional sports teams including the New York Jets, New York Knicks and New Jersey Nets.
In the organization's remarkable history, YEA! performers have had the unique experience to appear at the Summer Olympic Games, the Major League Baseball All-Star Game, the World Cup and other notable national and international sporting events.
While amassing a long and storied tradition, YEA! groups have been recognized as World Champions in various disciplines. Hundreds of members have had the experience of winning gold medals for their performances through hard work and dedication to their craft.
YEA! looks to the future and the difference made in the lives of thousands of young people each year. Through the programs of YEA! young people gain an edge as they learn to cooperate, set goals, work hard and understand what it takes to be successful.
The Cadets is one of the oldest and most honored continuously operating drum and bugle corps with members from across the globe. The corps was founded in Garfield, NJ as the Holy Name Cadets in 1934 and won 10 American Legion National Championships and 10 Drum Corps International World Championships. The Cadets travel over 14,000 miles each summer entertaining hundreds of thousands of drum corps fans throughout the nation.
USBands is the largest scholastic marching band circuit in the country, providing competitive opportunities for thousands of students across the US. Since its first event in 1988 as The Cadets Marching Band Collective, and later the US Scholastic Band Association, USBands has supported the development of scholastic performing ensembles through exceptional service, adjudication, and venues. Beginning with one show in New Jersey, USBands has expanded to include thousands of bands in 150+ shows nationwide. Our 30th Anniversary season in 2018 marked one of the largest and most successful seasons to date.
Since 2006, Xcape Dance Studio has provided a home where young people can find true friends, excellent teachers, a positive environment and a passion for dance. The studio offers low-cost, comprehensive dance education and aims to inspire and motivate students while fostering an appreciation for the arts. By using dance as a physical, social and artistic outlet for youth ages 6 to 22, Xcape teaches life lessons through music and dance in a safe atmosphere, while providing a healthy, fun, after-school program for students in the First and Sixth Wards, Downtown and East Side neighborhoods. Instructors provide a fun and nurturing environment where children and young adults of all personalities and backgrounds can explore their creativity while learning valuable life skills such as teamwork and discipline.