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YAS! Begins September 7
DMR is now offering transportation!

Please join us for an open house Tuesday 8/31,  Wednesday 9/1, and Thursday, 9/2, from 3-5PM

to meet our staff, tour the space, check out the YAS! bus and experience some classes, games and exercises you will find during the after school program. 

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Grades K-5

The Youth After School (YAS!) program is for students currently in kindergarten through fifth grade.

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Financial Aid/Scholarships

A sliding scale is available for all families as well as the option to apply for a scholarship.

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Performing Arts Training

Enrolled students receive an award winning education from local professional teaching artists.

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Schedule Options

You choose between 1-5 days per week, based on your after-school needs.

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Van Transportation

Transportation is available for an additional fee.

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Click here to register for Fall 2021 YAS! sessions. 

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DMR Youth After School

YAS! Faculty 

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Tracy Diamond Allen

YAS! Director

Tracy Diamond Allen studied Theatre at The Cape Academy Of Dramatic Art (CADA) in South Africa, and received her ATCL (Associate) and LTCL (Licentiate Practical) Diplomas in Dramatic Arts from Trinity College London.  She has over 16 years of prior experience.  Tracy was co – owner of the Cape Town Theatre School, Dynamics Drama. Her aim is to support children through challenges, stimulate imagination and creativity, and develop self-confidence.

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Deon Ridley

YAS! Guest Artist

Deon's Broadway Credits include: A Christmas Carol, The Lion King, and Deon recently performed in the international tour of Chicago. Deon was featured as leading dancer and dance captain for Grammy Award Winning singer Celine Dion in her Las Vegas premiere show, A New Day at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas

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Jonathan Karns

YAS! Assistant Director

Jonathan is a local performer and choreographer in Charlottesville, VA. He has experience working with a majority of the theatres in the Charlottesville/Albemarle area during his 10+ years participating in the arts. Jonathan is currently enrolled at the University of Virginia and working towards a degree in psychology with concentrations in child psychology and play therapy.

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Paula Chanda

Associate Artistic Director

Paula holds a Masters Degree in Education and has completed all of the coursework for a PhD in Fine Arts. She has taught theatre to all age groups for over 20 years. She is a nationally award winning director.

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Xavier Taylor

Resident Music Director/Voice Instructor

Xavier Taylor is a local performer and singing teacher of everything from classical to rock. He is originally from Maryland and studied voice at New England Conservatory.

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Melissa Charles

Producing Artistic Director

Melissa Charles is the Founder and Producing Artistic Director of DMR Adventures. She is a professional actor, director, choreographer, and educator, and has produced, directed and choreographed over 100 productions. A member of the Actors Equity Association (AEA) and SAG-AFTRA, she has worked as an actor in theatre, film, and television in NYC, LA and in regional theaters throughout the country.

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