*Local Teaching Artists are available for performances with a reservation scheduled by request.*

Performance Demonstrations

Prices listed are your cost. YAA is able to offer a 50% discount because of grants and our generous donors.

study guides

A study guide with TEKS curriculum connections is provided for each program and will be delivered to your campus coordinator prior to the performance.


Teacher and student evaluations are provided for each program and are reviewed by the YAA staff and teaching artists. We welcome your feedback!


Scheduled by request

Dom Gordon: Dance Introduction and Convention 

In this program, students will learn the basics of how dance is beneficial for our physical and mental health. Dom Gordon teaches an energetic Hip Hop combination as students dance together as a community!

Grades: K-5

Curriculum Connections: Health

Fee: $200 per performance

Scheduled by request

Key City Brass: Melody and Rhythm

Key City Brass is a brass quintet made up of local music professionals from local universities and schools. From Classical music to popular children's songs, this interactive program will teach students what makes brass instruments unique. Come see the "hose-aphone" and play a game of "Who's got the melody?"

Grades: 3-6 

Curriculum Connections: Music

Fee: $150 per performance

Scheduled by request

Kerry Goff: Memories of Broadway

Experience a Broadway Review that reminisces through the American Broadway Songbook with story and song.

Grades: K-6 

Curriculum Connections: Theatre Arts, Music

Fee: $150 per performance



*Visiting Teaching Artists are only available on the listed days and performances are limited and by reservation only. To ensure your students get to experience one of these programs, schedule as soon as possible.*

Dates To Be Determined

Elizabeth Kahura:

"Folktales of Africa"

Kahura teaches concepts like the power to dream, character development, and self empowerment through music, performing arts, storytelling literature, and original pictures. The audience actively participates in the feeling of Africa!

Grades: K-2; 3-5

Curriculum Connections: Language Arts, Music, Social Studies

Fee: $225 for single performance, $425 for back-to-back performances

February 2022

Fly Dance Company:

"The Healthy Hip Hop Show"

The talented, comical dancers of FLY invite you to experience the world of hip hop in a non-stop, fast-action show that is fun for all. The "gentlemen of hip-hop" are youthful, masculine, risk-taking, acrobatic, funky, and fun! Through various skits, the students will be informed on how leading a healthy, active lifestyle will improve everyday activities. Then the fun begins as we share some history of the hip hop culture, including its origins and inspirations. For the FLY dancers, hip hop has not only been empowering, but life changing as it has encouraged them to be 'leaders' and not followers, which is just one of the many positive social messages throughout the performance!

Grades: K-6

Curriculum Connections: Dance, Health

Fee: Call for pricing information

Dates To Be Determined

Chris Espinosa XYZ: "Improvise! Write! Perform!"

Chris EspinosaXYZ is a nationally accredited teaching artist, improv-storyteller, and author with one goal in mind: strengthen the writing skills of your students. Your students take center stage to create exciting and unforgettable moments using nothing but their imaginations. He uses improv comedy to sharpen creativity, develop critical thinking skills, and inspire students to write a personal narrative, an expository essay, or a script...and perform it!

Grades: K-6

Curriculum Connections: Language Arts

Fee: $200 for single performance, $285 for back-to-back performances

Dates To Be Determined

Mark Shelton: "The Strike, Scrape, & Shake Show"

Entertaining and educational! The Strike, Scrape, and Shake Show is a high energy one-man assembly program that treats students to world class percussion performances. Students will learn about the percussion family as they enjoy the sounds of the snare drum, rhythm bones, hammered dulcimer, handpan, electronic percussion, and more! The audience gets into the act as Mark teaches about the history of percussion.

Grades: K-6

Curriculum Connections: Music

Fee: $150 for single performance, $225 for back-to-back performances



June 10-12, 2021

Featuring illustrator Loren Long


Original artwork will be on exhibit at the National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature in June!




June 11-12, 2021

Enchanted Storybook Café


Escape to a fairytale setting during CALF with Young Audiences of Abilene. 



Colorful Book Spines

June 10, 2021

Professional Development for Classroom Teachers​

An arts-integration professional development opportunity for educators inspired by the work of Loren Long. Watch for more information in the Spring.