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 the company is 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.
Company Auditions and Information Sessions
2020-21 Company Programming
The 2020-21 season, HOMECOMING, features exciting new works created by Young Dance Company Alumni. Eben Kowler (YD student 1998-2008) will create a work investigating the quality of "leaning" with an original score by Eben's sibling Emmet Kowler (2004-2008). Shana Crawford (2006-2014), Aubrey Donish (2007-2016), and Patty Mullaney (2002-2009), will collaborate on a new work investigating the notion of home. Gabrielle Abram (current YD teaching artist) will create a Hip Hop inspired work and 2019 YD Graduates Eva Reed and Lexi Samara will create pieces for the company. In addition to these new works, Aneka McMullen (1990-1992) will offer a series of five masterclasses celebrating the community conscious roots of Hip Hop. Young Dance will host a series of virtual and live conversations with other YD Co. alumni who are working in a variety of fields to learn about how their time with Young Dance has influenced their careers.
Company members attend a weekly Saturday rehearsal and take dance classes during the week. 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 and the Walker Art Center. We have curated 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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.