All Abilities Dancing - Presented by Young Dance (Ages 12+)
Young Dance presents An Introduction to All Abilities Dancing, where individuals with and without disabilities are equal participants in the exploration, creation, and performance of dance. In this introductory workshop, participants will explore creative expression through movement. We each have a unique movement vocabulary. We will use the physicality we each bring to the workshop to build connections with each other and create dances that can be shared with others.
Session 2 (3:30-4:00pm) will be geared towards teens and adults - individuals 12 and older.
This is a participatory workshop. Everybody can (and should!) dance! We all feel emotions in our body and express those feelings all the time. Come prepared to move! Using your unique abilities, we will explore and share the stories that reside in our bodies.
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Gretchen Pick - Young Dance Executive Director, has led the All Abilities Dancing initiative at Young Dance since 2010. Working with dancers of all abilities, as a teacher and as a dance artist has transformed her perspective on dance. She has developed curriculum to integrate individuals with and without disabilities as equal participants in the exploration, creation, and performance of dance. Through this programming, she has introduced dance to over 600 individuals, of all ages and abilities, in Young Dance classes and performances, school residencies, workshops with adult day programs, classes in juvenile detention facilities, and professional development workshops with teachers.
Ms. Pick has choreographed numerous dances featuring casts of dancers with and without disabilities, including collaborations with Minnesota Chorale, composer Sarah Miller, and Gaelynn Lea. Ms. Pick has performed in integrated dance performances created by Maria Gomez Tierney and Angelique Lele. Young Dance offers classes for all ages. Specific All Abilities Dancing classes focus on developing relationships across abilities through movement, but individuals with disabilities are welcome into any of our classes. You can find out more about Young Dance classes at www.youngdance.org.