Young Dance Company Spring Concert

April 26 & 27, 2019

The Lab Theater, Minneapolis MN

Intersect, explores at the crossroads of dance and other art forms to challenge creative expression and impact of our performance. In our 36th annual season, Young Dance Co. collaborated with guest artists and youth arts organizations working in a variety of forms, including music, contemporary Indian dance, drag performance and film, to create an evening of diverse performances that push the boundaries of the art and practice of dance. Featuring works created in collaboration with Ananya Dance Theater, Jeffry Lusiak, Gaelynn Lea, and Media Active, Intersect promises to be a lively evening of kinesthetically engaging and thought provoking performance.
Friday, April 26, 7:30 p.m. 
Saturday, April 27, 2:00 p.m.
Family Matinee Performance, geared towards families with young children.
Saturday, April 27, 7:30 p.m.
Includes 6:45 p.m. Reception
ASL Interpreted
Thursday, April 25 – 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
Contact Young Dance at to request ASL interpretation or audio description at a specific performance.
Location: Lab Theater, 700 N 1st St, Minneapolis, MN 55401

TO PURCHASE TICKETSTICKETING THROUGH THE LAB THEATER ($18/Adult, $10 Student & Senior, 5yrs and Under Free)


2018- 19 Guest Artists:

Jeffry Lusiak is a queer artist, activist, educator, curator, and performer who has been creating art and helping to develop new work in the Twin Cities for the past eighteen years. Jeffry’s solo performance art has been seen at the Bryant Lake Bowl, Intermedia Arts, Bedlam Theatre, Dykes Do Drag, Queertopia, Patrick’s Cabaret, and in 2012, Jeffry was a recipient of the Jerome Foundation’s Naked Stages Grant. He is the former artistic director of Outward Spiral Theatre Company where he helped to develop and found Queertopia: A Cabaret Celebration of Queer Love, and served as its co-curator for ten years. Jeffry also spent 15 years working as a facilitator, director and the Program Manager of Musicals at Project SUCCESS where he helped to inspire students to develop their passions and plans for lifer through goals setting and the theatre arts. Jeffry has also spent the past seventeen years as a teaching artist with Illusion Theatre where he helps students of all ages to develop new work and new skills through theatre and performance.
Ananya Chatterjea, dancer, choreographer, dance scholar, and dance educator, envisions her work in the field of dance as a “call to action” with a particular focus on women artists of color. She is Associate Professor in the Dept. of Theater Arts and Dance in the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis. She is also the Artistic Director of Ananya Dance Theatre, a dance company of women artists of color who believe in the powerful intersection of artistic excellence and social justice.
Gaelynn Lea was given the opportunity of a lifetime when she won NPR Music’s 2016 Tiny Desk Contest, and she certainly made the most of it. She and her husband Paul quit their jobs, sold their house, bought a van, and hit the road. Since they left a little over a year ago, Gaelynn has played over 200 shows in 39 states and 6 countries. Gaelynn has been a featured performer at Music City Roots, The Kennedy Center, and even on BBC World News. This tale of adventure wouldn’t be particularly remarkable if the music failed to deliver. But Gaelynn Lea has developed a “stop you in your tracks sound.” (Bob Boilen, All Songs Considered) Playing traditional fiddle music and original songs using her violin and a looping pedal, Gaelynn Lea’s “music is imbued with a melancholic poetry so potent it must be heard to believed.” (Isaac Feldberg, Boston Globe)
Gaelynn Lea performs from her electric wheelchair. She began playing violin 20 years ago after a creative music teacher helped her to adapt a playing style that suits her frame. Lea holds her instrument like a tiny cello and loops her classically trained rhythms and melodies “to create a symphonic cacophony that is both glorious in its reach and profoundly introspective”. (Collins de la Cour, Ear to the Ground)
Media Active is a job training, skill development, and network-building program in which youth and young adults from communities of color, Native and indigenous communities, immigrant communities and LGBTQIA2+ communities are paid a stipend to create media production services for local organizations. Founded over 15 years ago in the Phillips Neighborhood of South Minneapolis, Media Active currently operates out of St. Paul Neighborhood Network. Media Active offers year-round programming and it provides space for youth to tell stories from their cultural vantage point, and it supports local (often small, nonprofit) organizations that would otherwise not have the resources to create high quality media.