Young Dance Annual Gala

Wednesday, March 29, 2017, 7:00-10:00 p.m.

TEK BOX (2nd Floor) at the Cowles Center for Dance and the Performing Arts

528 Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55403

Please join us for a fun evening of food, dancing, and a live auction, all in support of Young Dance, advocating for participation, inclusion, and compassion through dance! 

Help us celebrate 29 years in style with storytelling by Kevin Kling, live music by Brian Evans, and top it off with a dance party after bidding on a fabulous selection of goods, services, and experiences. Bring your friends and help make the night a success!

Proceeds from the 2017 Gala go to the Sam Costa Scholarship Fund which subsidizes:

  • Free programs - including residencies with Bridgeview School and Institute for Belonging
  • Accessible accommodations to ensure our dancers with specific needs can participate
  • Individual scholarships to community class and company students
Sam Costa (1955-1999) was the Artistic Director of Young Dance from 1997 until his death in 1999. Through arts residencies in schools and community settings, Sam carried out his mission of turning kids onto dance, regardless of where they live, their experience, or their ability to pay.
If you’re unable to attend the gala, but would still like to contribute, you can donate here: 

Click Here to donate to the Sam Costa Fund through GiveMN.

Auction Items

•    Tickets to Hamilton in Chicago, plus a selection of favorite CDs from the Young Dance Board of Directors!
•    Private cooking lesson for 2 with professional chef Jonathan Gans
•    Date night packages, including Gift Certificates to fabulous local restaurants Craftsman Lowbrow Pizzeria Lola, and Birchwood Cafe; plus free babysitting!
•    Wellness items including massage from Denise Gagner and Taking Root Massage, Pilates from Jessica Cressey and Yoga class pass from Big River Yoga, Float Tank session from the Wellness Center individual Yoga session with Angelique Lele, and more!
•    Photo session with photographer Blake Nellis
•    One night stay at The New Victorian Mansion Bed & Breakfast
•    A tour of Lake Monster Brewing Company for up to 6 people
•    Four tickets to a Saint Paul Saints game
•    Original artwork by photographer David Schalliol


Pre-purchased tickets or RSVP strongly preferred.
To RSVP or receive more information, email

The Evening

7:00 p.m. Heavy Appetizer Reception
8:00 p.m. Kevin Kling Performs
8:30 p.m. Live Auction
9:00 p.m. Student and Alumni Stories
9:15 p.m. DJ Dance Party