Program Details

Max # of Students



90 minute sessions once or twice a week

Space Requirements

Auditorium or large all purpose room.

Tech Requirements

Available Dates

Programming available year round. Please call our office to schedule workshops.


All programs are custom designed and the fee is based on the specifications of the program.

Special Considerations

As each program is custom designed, the curriculum varies to accommodate multiple age levels.


Contact Name

Sydney Adams
Program Coordinator


672 Lafayette Park Place Suite 47
Los Angeles, CA 90057







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backgroundStandards & Learning
Founded in 1987, Theatre Of Hearts, a dynamic Los Angeles based nonprofit organization, promotes understanding between people through cultural and artistic forums and empowers local communities through education in the arts. In 1992, Theatre Of Hearts introduced the Youth First Artist-In-Residence Program. Theatre Of Hearts/Youth First (TOHYF) connects professional artists with at-risk and underserved youth to prevent and intervene in youth-on-youth violence by involving youngsters (grades K-12) in long term, high quality, multidisciplinary fine arts educational workshops in urban schools, community sites and juvenile detention centers throughout Los Angeles County. All of the programs conform to the California State Standards for the Visual and Performing Arts, TOHYF’s goals are to expand the number of schools, youth and artists involved; enhance the depth and complexity of arts instruction; increase teacher involvement; and strengthen the local sense of community.


A professional dancer/choreographer teaches two culturally specific dances using rhythmic patterns and traditional movements. Teachers are provided with the history, context and cultural background of the dances and the specific traditional stories that each dance passes from one generation to the next. Every Artist-In-Residence Program is uniquely designed to fulfill the needs of each site we serve. TOHYF has over twenty-two years experience providing quality arts education to a diverse population. Any physical, emotional or learning disabilities are included in the criteria when designing the program. In consultation with the school staff, we select from our roster of over 300 professional artists, the Artist/Mentor with the specific arts education skills and experience best suited to develop the curriculum, consider special needs, inspire and motivate the students, foster group participation, and help develop self esteem.
See how this program meets the Content Standards for California Public Schools