Young Artists' Community Ballet Academy of Dance

Affordable & Quality Instruction for 41 years! Sahuarita & Green Valley


Welcome to a 41 Year Tradition!

A  Special  Note from  

our  Director:

During  these  difficult  times with Social  Distancing  and  the  COVID-19  Pandemic,  we are proud  to  offer  several weekly virtual  events at  no  cost.  

The following  classes  are  available  for  our  current  students and  anyone in our community!   I  really  believe  that  dancing  feeds  our  souls,  especially  during  a time  like  GET  UP &  MOVE!

Adults Get  Up  &  Move  

Monday  / Wednesday  /  Friday

10:00-10:25  AM

(Ends  April  20,  2020)

Story  Time  -  Special  Guest


10:30-11:00  AM

Children Get Up  & Move

Tuesday /  Thursday    

4:00-4:30 PM  and  4:30-5:00  PM

Special Activity  For Children 


10:30-11:00  AM

It is my commitment to attempt to make this time 

as uplifting and "normal" as possible!    

Thank you for letting my team into your 

homes via virtual learning!


Mr. Nicholas McLain

Academy Director  and  Owner

520-326-7887 Office

520-982-3903 Text Email

Dance Scholarships!

Thank  you  for  helping  a  dancer

during  these  uncertain  times!

Your support and contributions will allow us to help keep tuition rates affordable and provide opportunities for dancers who may not otherwise have the opportunity to experience dance!  

If  you  would  like  this  scholarship  to be  awarded  to a specific  family, please contact our Academy Director at

Thank you !

Mr. Nick 

Pay with PayPal or a debit/credit card

Fun During Social Distancing!

Affordable Tuition

Multiple dancer family discount available! ($5 off the 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, etc. (One dancer pays full tuition; while the other family dancers receive a discount)

A Mission of Movement

Sahuarita Dance Classes
Green Valley Dance Classes
Sahuarita Dance


We welcome you to our 41st year of providing affordable and quality dance classes in Sahuarita and Green Valley areas!

Y.A.C.B. Academy of Dance was formally established in 1980 by Lisa Baker DiGiacomo Y.A.C.B.’s Founding Director after she saw a need to bring then fine arts to rural Southern Arizona. Lisa has taken great pride in the training and development of each dancer who studies at Y.A.C.B. Academy of Dance. Our program is designed to ensure that these key values and the highest standard of dance education carry on as they have for the past 40 years!

In 2016, Nicholas McLain Y.A.C.B.’s current Academy Director took the reigns with much love and support from Lisa!  Lisa is still very involved with the Academy as it is her passion and love—it’s been her life’s work!

In 2018, Mr. McLain saw the need to bring on Ms. Darby Downs as Y.A.C.B.’s Managing Director. Darby and Nicholas have been a “dynamic duo” on and off the stage for decades. Darby’s new role will oversee many of the day-to-day operations, and help ensure our school stays strong!

Together, the three have a unique bond and love for one another and share a strong passion for dance!  Together, we stand strong and proud offering you an exceptional dance program where your student will not only achieve dance skills, but learn valuable life lessons!  It is simply this formula that has made us Southern Arizona’s premier dance academy for the past 41 years!

Our curriculum is comprised of classical ballet, pointe, pointe variations, character, jazz, tap, modern, and hip hop, as well as performance training at beginning through advanced levels. Our faculty and staff are dedicated to maintaining the highest standards in the teaching of dance. Our Y.A.C.B. teachers share a common technical background and philosophy of teaching and hope to provide each student with a full and exciting dance education within a creative environment.

We are here to provide an opportunity for affordable dance instruction, to create and promote self-worth within each dancer regardless of level, to provide performance experience on a professional scale with exceptional performance ethics, and to provide exposure to the arts in rural areas that may not be otherwise exposed 

Helpful Files!

YACB Handbook 2019-2020 (pdf)


2020 Calendar (REVISED 04252020) (pdf)


2019 2020 Studio Schedule (pdf)


YACB Medical Release 2019-2020 (pdf)


YACB Recital Costume Form (pdf)


YACB’outiqie: Affordable Dancewear!


Take advantage of up to 35% OFF retail prices at the YACB Boutique at the link below!

  • Use Teacher Code # 124771 for items that may  not  be listed in the YACB Boutique!

Shop Locally:

DansWestWear has 2 Locations

5669 E Speedway Blvd.

Tucson, AZ 85712

(520) 721-3082

2958 W. Ina Rd.

Tucson, AZ 85741 

(520) 730-1634

Contact Us

Send us a message!

Call or Text Us:  

520-873-YACB (9222)

Fax Us:


eMail Us:

Mailing  Address:

YACB  Academy of Dance

7332 E. Laughing Tree Lane

Tucson,  AZ  85756

YACB Academy of Dance Studio Address:

1100 White House Canyon Road, Green Valley, Arizona 85614, United States







03:00 pm – 07:00 pm






08:00 am – 01:00 pm