Looking Back Leaping Forward

Young Dance Company Spring Concert

May 4 & 5, 2018

Young Dance Company proudly presents, LOOKING BACK, LEAPING FORWARD, a performance celebrating Young Dance’s 30th anniversary season featuring works that celebrate Young Dance’s rich history and investigate the intersection of dance and social justice.  Dancers embody passion, concerns and vision for a more just future in an evening featuring choreography by Ananya Dance Theater, Marylee Hardenbergh, Justin Jones, Gretchen Pick, Marcus Young, Megan Flood and youth choreographers from the Young Dance Company. 

Friday May 4, 7:30 p.m. 
Saturday May 5, 2:00 p.m.
Family Matinee Performance, geared towards families with young children.
ASL Interpreted and Audio-described performance
Saturday May 5, 7:30 p.m.
Includes 6:45 p.m. Reception
Thursday May 3,  – School Matinee performances 9:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.
Admission: $4  All seats must be reserved in advance.
The performances are 1 hour in length
Bus funding available- Distributed on a first request basis
To reserve tickets call 612-423-3064 or email info@youngdance.org
2:00 p.m show on Saturday will be ASL interpreted and Audio-described. Contact Young Dance to request ASL interpretation or audio description at additional shows.
Location: Lab Theater, 700 N 1st St, Minneapolis, MN 55401
TO PURCHASE TICKETS for May 4 & 5 Concerts: TICKETING THROUGH THE LAB THEATER ($15/Adult, $8 Student & Senior, 5yrs and Under Free)


2017- 18 Guest Artists:

Megan Flood To celebrate our 30th anniversary concert, Executive Director, Gretchen Pick and Artistic Director, Justin Jones have chosen to remount “Raven,” a Young Dance Co. Favorite choreographed by Megan Flood, who has been an integral part of the reconstruction of the work, set to enchanting music by local favorite, Dean Magraw. 

Student Choreography Integrated into the Young Dance Company programming throughout the year is support for young dance artists to develop their choreographic voice. The focus for student work in 2016-17 encourages them to investigate their world, explore the unknown and find ways to express their discoveries.

Marylee Hardenbergh, Director of Global Site Performance, has choreographed dance raises awareness of local and regional water issues through the universal language of dance. The piece will have its first performance on-site, near the Mississippi River and will then be adapted for the LAB Theater stage.

Dr. Ananya Chatterjea, Julia Gay and Kealoha Ferreira, members of Ananya Dance Theater, have created a bold dance reflecting on the social and psychological effects of gun violence - looking towards a safe future shaped by the voices and creativity of children. Through the process dancers processed their anxieties and hopes through poetry, conversation and a hybrid of modern and classical Indian dance technique.


Marcus Young is a multi-disciplinary artist who creates work for stage and public realm that seeks tones of belonging and liberation. He will guide the company to create a series of improvisational scores addressing how we enter, claim, and share space and cultivating presence as a means to attain and then share power.


H. Adam Harris, a theater educator specializing in arts for social change, has provided a series masterclasses activating dancers’ approach to creative processes, public performance and community activism. These workshops are the inspiration for a new piece created by the Dancers and shaped by Justin Jones and Gretchen Pick.