About Dance

Dance creates a community of artists of varied perspectives. Students find their own personal relationship with dance through movement and choreography. Our young dancers draw from ballet, jazz, modern, hip-hop and contemporary genres as they create and perform original choreography for audiences throughout the city. Our young dancers have performed at Carnaval, SOMArts, and community events in the OMI and Excelsior neighborhoods.

For the 2017-18 school year, YAX is leading in-school dance classes at John O’Connell High School and June Jordan School for Equity.


Liv ShafferLead faculty

Liv Schaffer is an alumna of Alonzo King LINES Ballet BFA program at Dominican University, having graduated summa cum laude in 2013 with a minor in religion. She has since been working as a multidisciplinary artist with passions for creation in all dance, choreographic, and visual roles. Liv joined DanceWorks Chicago for their 2013-2015 seasons, under the direction of Julie Nakagawa and Andreas Böttcher. Liv has had the honor of working with choreographers such as Sidra Bell, Banning Bouldin, Autumn Eckman, James Gregg, Harrison McEldowney, Amy Seiwert, Demis Volpi, and has performed work by John Neumeier. Liv enriches her performance career through diverse leadership positions with The Auditorium Theater’s Hands Together Heart to Art Program, Dance Mission Theater, Jacob’s Pillow Curriculum in Motion Program, and San Francisco’s Youth Art Exchange. Simultaneously, Liv’s choreographic voice takes shape as she continues to share work through festivals, choreographic competitions, and universities throughout the country.

Contact: liv at youthartexchange dot org

Key Partners

  • Leadership High School