Community Partnerships

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PARTNERING GOALS

Young Dance partners with artists, community organizations and government institutions to engage youth in developing self-confidence, critical thinking, communication, collaboration, and leadership skills through dance. Partnerships allow us to bring classes to diverse groups, supporting and empowering youth to improve their lives and strengthen their communities. 

Through our virtual workshops, Young Dance is continuing to connect with community organizations, near and far, during the COVID-19 Pandemic. 

In addition, Young Dance studios are available as a space to research, create, rehearse, and push the practice and the art of dance. 

Reach out to info@youngdance.org to inquire about Young Dance partnering with you and your organization! 

CURRENT PARTNERS

I WILL DANCE

Children’s author, Nancy Bo Flood, and illustrator Julianna Swaney capture the spirit of Young Dance’s All Abilities Dancing initiative in I Will Dance, a picture book.


METROPOLITAN LIBRARY SERVICES AGENCY

Since 2015, Young Dance has partnered with libraries in St. Paul, Hennepin, Washington, and Dakota Counties to offer dance classes for free to library patrons.


HENNEPIN COUNTY HOME SCHOOL AND RAMSEY COUNTY JUVENILE CORRECTIONS

Since 2016, Young Dance has partnered with juvenile corrections in Hennepin and Ramsey counties, utilizing creative movement as a means for youth to practice mindfulness, emotional regulations, and social skills. 


ST. PAUL AND MINNEAPOLIS SCHOOLS

Through school residencies, Young Dance partners with educators to create and implement a curriculum that engages students of all ages in creative expression through dance.


UPSTREAM ARTS

In a long history of collaboration, Young Dance and Upstream Arts have created wide-ranging arts programming that engages individuals with and without disabilities in creative expression.

COLLABORATING ARTISTS

The Young Dance Company partners with professional artists and organizations to immerse dancers in artistic inquiry and push their practice of dance. The list of collaborating artists and art organizations includes:

2020-21

Gabrielle Abram
Eben & Emmet Kowler
Aneka McMullen

Artistic team: Shana Crawford, Aubrey Donsich, & Patricia Mullaney-Loss

2019-2020

Jennifer Glaws
Herb Johnson III
Dalton Outlaw
Threads Dance Project
Anat Shinar

2018-19

Ananya Dance Theatre
Gaelynn Lea
Angelique Lele
Artistic team: Jeffrey Lusiak with André Shoals, Heather Spear, Pedro Pablo Lander, Stephen Herzog & JAC Stringer
Media Active

2016-2017

Ananya Dance Theatre
Megan Flood
H. Adam Harris
Marylee Hardenbergh
Marcus Young

2009-10:

Phillips Community Television
Sarah Miller
Leah Nelson
Nic Zapko

2008-09

Susana De Leon
Aneka McMullen
Stuart Pimsler
Nic Zapko

“Distance Learning with Young Dance: “Class put a smile on our daughter’s face and it was a joy to feel the house alive with her movement and all the voices”

-Young Dance parent