Hugs From Young Choreographers is an annual charity event held in the Tolbert Yilmaz School of Dance Performance Studio. Top level Roswell Dance Theatre Ballet Company members present three performances to benefit a charity of their choosing. Each Choreographer selects music, cast, and costumes to create an original masterpiece. HUGS allows our young people to showcase their talents to the public and show the community how effective young people can be when they join together to make an impact.

We do not sell tickets to our HUGS shows – instead we kindly request that each audience member make a donation in lieu of their ticket as they enter the show. (Suggested $10 per adult, $5 per child…but any amount is truly appreciated.)

Sat Sept 9 @ 7pm   |   Sun Sept 10 @ 1pm and 4pm


This year, the dancers will use their time and athletic abilities to raise money for The Kyle Pease Foundation, a nonprofit organization that promotes success for young persons with disabilities by providing assistance to meet their individual needs through sports and competition. Programs include scholarship opportunities, purchasing adaptive sports equipment, and participating in educational campaigns around Cerebral Palsy and other disabilities. The foundation provides these services directly to individuals with disabilities who need adaptive sports equipment, mobility devices, or medical care; KPF also partners with other non-profit organizations to achieve these goals. LEARN MORE about The Kyle Pease Foundation and all their amazing services.

I want to support this year’s HUGS event.


Along with the original choreographic works, we will have a HUGS Boutique with items for sale at all three performances to raise additional money for the charity. Our younger dancers always look forward to previewing the wide collection of hand-decorated pointe shoes made by the choreographers and picking at least one special one to take home as a keepsake.

The HUGS 2023 boutique will be open Saturday Sept 9 and Sunday Sept 10 in the main lobby during our HUGS shows.


HUGS fundraising efforts also include a silent auction each year. Auction items will be on display in our main lobby during all HUGS shows, and bidding will be done online again this year. There will be many amazing auction baskets – Mrs. Mary’s home-baked treats, private lessons with a favorite teacher, and much much more!

  • The auction opens on Saturday Sept 2 at noon so you can start browsing and bidding.
  • The auction will close Sunday Sept 10 at 9pm.

*To bid in our auction you must create an account on the auction website.

Winners can claim their items:

  • Monday Sept 11 from 4-6
  • Wednesday Sept 13 from 4-6
  • Or CONTACT US to make arrangements for an alternate pickup time

ALL WINNERS MUST CLAIM THEIR ITEMS BY SUNDAY SEPT 17 (except winners of Mrs. Mary’s goodies – those will be distributed as scheduled). All unclaimed items will be donated.

ALL proceeds will go to The Kyle Pease Foundation.