Each season, Young Dance identifies a specific programming focus for the company, and then commissions local guest artists from various mediums to engage members in the chosen theme. Over the past 26 years, students have worked with professional journalists to explore their community’s Hidden Voices (2005), viewed the urban landscape through break-dance, jazz and stilts (Cityscape, 2003) looked into issues of immigration, assimilation and identity through West African, Persian and Hungarian Dance (Origins & Destinations (2010/11), surveyed the role of sounds in dance through classical Japanese compositions, Brazilian rhythms, African drumming and pop music and explored the perceived communication barrier between deaf and hard of hearing people with American actor Nic Zapko, who is deaf. Our artistic themes and collaborations foster meaningful relationships in the community.
The company members take modern dance classes, work with professional artists, and create their own choreography. The company performs at venues throughout the year with a final culminating performance in May.
The company is divided into four age appropriate groups; Level One, Two, Three and Four. Company members participate in their designated community classes during the week and partake in company rehearsals on Saturdays.
Their community classes combine modern dance technique with improvisation and choreographic skills. Dancers may also choose to take optional classes such as a technique intensive or mixed abilities class where youth with disabilities and typical abilities can dance together. The Young Dance company is directed by Gretchen Pick
and Justin Jones
, both accomplished dancers and choreographers from the community.
Scholarships are available for company members.
Young Dance is committed to making dance accessible to interested and motivated students. No child will be discriminated against because of race, gender, national origin, religion, or disability. Students will not be refused because of an inability to pay. For more information about need-based scholarships, please call 612-423-3064.