Join the Company

To join the company any interested participant is asked to partake in a scheduled audition class. Auditions are held in the Fall and Spring. Auditions are planned for participants to understand the approach and commitment of the Young Dance company while evaluating for themselves if we are a good fit for them.  At the audition come prepared to move and have fun! All you need is your bare feet and comfortable clothes. If you've never danced before, don't worry the class is structured for students of all ages and abilities. Even if you don't have a dance background, we encourage you to come learn about Young Dance.

2017-18 Company Programming

Looking Back, Leaping Forward, a 30th anniversary season to celebrate our past and propel us into a future that elevates social justice as a focus of our programming. Guided by guest artists Dr. Ananya Chatterjea, Marcus Young, Marylee Hardenbergh, and H. Adam Harris, Young Dance will remount past repertory and create new dances that prod the intersection of dance and social justice. A season culminating performance at the Lab Theater in Minneapolis, May 4-5, 2018, will showcase choreography by guest artists, Young Dance Directors Justin Jones and Gretchen Pick, and youth company members.
Company Auditions and Information Sessions
The Young Dance performing company is holding auditions for boys and girls, ages 7-18, for the 2017-18 season (September - May). Company members attend dance classes twice/week, work with professional artists, and perform at venues around the Twin Cities. We encourage anyone excited about dance to audition; no experience necessary.
  • Tuesday May 22, 2018,  5:00-6:00 p.m. Location: Center for Performing Arts (Main Level - Sunroom), 3754 Pleasant Avenue Minneapolis, MN 55409
  • Saturday May 19, 2018, After the Spring Round Up, approximately 1:00-2:00 p.m. Location: TBD 

Company Commitment

Dancers meet twice a week for a total of 4-5 hours. During the school week, they meet in age-specific groups, so the faculty can fully focus on developing specific technical and choreographic skills at an appropriate level. On Saturdays the entire company comes together, unique relationships are formed across the age groups. Dancers learn to recognize the qualities of expression that others bring to their artistic work. Layers of mentoring take place as the entire company dances together.

Company Performance Opportunities

Our annual spring show is the culmination of a year of dancing, but during the year, The Young Dance company has performed at the Dances at the Lakes Festival in Minneapolis and Prior Lake, at the Minnesota Sesquecentennial, Courage Center, Ordway and the May Day Festival. We curate the Youth Dance Cabaret held at Patrick's Cabaret twice a year, and have performed at 9x22, A Dance Lab at the Bryant-Lake Bowl.

Financial Assistance for Company Members

If you know of a young person that is interested in dancing, we make it easy. We have a carpool network for children that have trouble arranging after-school transportation.  If a student wishes to be involved in the company, we can provide up to an 80% scholarship based on financial need. If you are interested in scholarship information please email:

The Sam Costa Scholarship Fund

Sam Costa (1955-1999) was the artistic director of 10,000 Dances and Young Dance. Through arts residencies in schools and community settings, Sam carried out his mission of turning kids onto dance, believing that such exposure at a young age would create more understanding and appreciation in all dance forms as they grew to adulthood. The SCSF was established in memory of Sam and donated to Young Dance in 2001. The SCSF has also been supported with grants from the Blake Foundation and the Bazinet Foundation and individual donations. The SCSF provides money for innovative young dancers and choreographers to pursue study in contemporary dance and choreography. Applications will be reviewed by a panel selected by the Young Dance Board of Directors and will be reviewed based on financial need and merit. Limited funds are available. There will be a special consideration for families who have more than one child participating in Young Dance.