Transforming Lives Through Movement
As this year comes to close we want to thank our community for their exceptional show of support and commitment to the work that Young Dance does! Young Dance has experienced exciting growth and as we enter our 30th anniversary year, we are excited about the growth to come.
This past season, we integrated the theme of social justice into our curriculum, using movement activities to explore topics of equity, social dynamics, and privilege. We were honored to work with amazing artists Ananya Chatterjea (Ananya Dance Theater), Elizabeth Johnson (Dance Exchange), and our artist in residence, Brian Evans. We expanded our partnership with Hennepin County Home School, using creative movement as a tool to enhance the therapy offered to individuals in the juvenile corrections system. We also developed our partnership with Semilla Center for Healing in the Arts, spending two weeks exploring the Phillips neighborhood, discussing safety, and creating dance and art around the neighborhood.
In our 30th season, we will continue this trajectory of growth, deepen our exploration of the intersection between dance and social justice, embark on a new partnership Keshet Dance Company (New Mexico) and Hennepin County Juvenile Corrections, reaching new students and creating accessible avenues to dance education.
Our mission to transform lives through movement motivates us to develop new partnerships and foster thoughtful artists who will grow to be advocates and leaders in their communities.
Your contribution makes these programs and partnerships affordable and accessible. THANK YOU!
Since 1987, Young Dance has encouraged youth in our community to build body and spirit through the creative art of dance. Our mission is to transform lives through movement. Dance students and company members collaborate with professional artists, forge meaningful community partnerships and push the boundaries of the art and practice of dance. Young Dance is an inclusive, artistic community where creativity flourishes and all are encouraged to aspire to artistic professionalism. Young Dance offers modern dance technique, improvisation, and choreographic skills for any body. Young Dance offers two programs for dance participation, our Community Dance Classes and the Young Dance Company.
Young Dance encourages peer-to-peer mentorship and collaboration in the making of dances. Through our engagement of youth of all abilities, body types, and economic, social and cultural backgrounds, we provide an environment in which diversity is authentically embraced and celebrated. The young people with whom we work become leaders in their schools, which prepare them for leadership roles—both formal and informal—in their communities. By working with professional, highly accomplished artists, Young Dance dancers develop a keen understanding of the art form, the complexity of creating a production, and the power of the pursuit of excellence.