YLDE Online Auction Fundraiser

YLDE Online Auction Fundraiser

YLDE is exciting to announce this year’s fundraiser—an online auction!

More details, including a list of online auction items will be announced through the YLDE website and social media.

Open Jam: All-Styles Street Session

Open Jam: All-Styles Street Session

2022 Artists-In-Residence Tessa Rae and Stedroy Crump will lead a workshop that will host a community cypher/jam for all-styles of dancers

Friday, April 8
8:30 – 10:30 pm
At the Output, 100 Arthur Street, 2nd Floor
Gratefully accepting donations at the door

Click HERE to register!

About Tessa Rae

Tessa Rae is a Queer interdependent dance artist from the Treaty 4 Territory of Regina, Saskatchewan. She graduated from Ryerson University with a BFA in Performance Dance, working with choreographers such as Heidi Strauss, Kate Hilliard, Marie-Josee Chartier, Manuel Roque, Louis Laberge-Cote, and James Kudelka. Somewhere throughout her early training years, she fell in love with Hip Hop and Soca music, which inspired her entry into Hip Hop, Breaking, Dancehall and House training in addition to modern and contemporary dance. Tessa is now closely affiliated with New Dance Horizons where she is engaged in a long-term residency and mentorship with artists Robin Poitras and Edward Poitras. Most recently, she completed a new solo commission choreographed by Margie Gillis, supported by New Dance Horizons and SK Arts, and feels honoured to be continuing her involvement with The Legacy Project for Margie’s 50th anniversary season in 2023.

About Stedroy Crump

Stedroy has been in love with Hip Hop ever since he was young. He was enrolled in dance classes at 8 years old, but really fell in love with the craft at 12 as he started to compete in local dance competitions. Meeting his cousin- Naquan – at this age made him hungry as ever to keep learning and growing since Naquan was far better than him and had never taken classes! This hunger helped Stedroy become the recipient of the Manitoba Dance Festival Scholarship(x2), taking home Gold at Dance World Cup (Niagara Falls), while being undefeated in all local dance competitions. Wayne Santos was Stedroy’s mentor growing up and he was fortunate to have met him at Marquis Dance Academy.  Stedroy currently teaches at Muse Studios, Kids Etc Youth Movement Company and Masterworks Dance Studio.

2022 Research Series: Endnote Roundtable Discussion

2022 Research Series: Endnote Roundtable Discussion

Young Lungs Dance Excahange is excited to present the 2022 Research Series! Join us as Chiamaka Barbara Ukwuegbu and David Oro present their written and visual essays as a response to the 2022 Artists-In-Residence.

Sunday, April 10, 2022
2:00 – 4:00 pm
At The Output, 100 Arthur St, 2nd floor
This is a FREE event

Click HERE to register!

Event will be held in-person. Masks are mandatory, and space will be limited.

For building access info, click here https://art-space.ca/accessibility-info/, or email younglungs.wpg@gmail.com.

About Chiamaka

Chiamaka Barbara Ukwuegbu (She/Her) is a storyteller of Nigerian descent who resides on Treaty 1 Territory & The Homeland of the Metis Nation. Her writing work includes opinion pieces, book reviews, short stories, essays, and poetry which she reluctantly shares on her blog and her Instagram page. For her, storytelling means returning home to her body, holding on to joy, unlearning silence, and giving herself permission to own her voice.

About David

David Oro is the Co-Founder & Art Director of U N I Together Productions and Founder & Creative Director of studiosarisari, a visual development studio for books, film, video games, and digital media. David has 25+ years of expertise in illustration, conceptual design, storyboarding and motion & graphic design. Born in Manilla, now based in Winnipeg, he has worked with Electric Monk Media and Complex Games to create work which can be found on Games workshop, SONY, Disney, CBC, Bell MTS and Shaw Media. Most recently, he storyboarded for an episode of Tales from the Loop, from Amazon prime directed by Jodie Foster.

Young Lungs Dance Exchange’s Research Series is generously supported by Manitoba Arts Council and Winnipeg Arts Council.

2022 Research Series: Research Presentations

2022 Research Series: Research Presentations

The 2022 Artists-In-Residence will present their creative research from their time in residence with Young Lungs Dance Exchange.

Saturday, April 9, 2022
7:00 – 9:00 pm
At The Output, 100 Arthur St, 2nd floor

Click HERE to register!

For building access info, click here https://art-space.ca/accessibility-info/, or email younglungs.wpg@gmail.com.

Event will be held in-person. Masks are mandatory, and space will be limited.

Payment is sliding scale $5-30 
This event includes ASL Interpretation

About Angela’s Research

You Are Her(e) was originally created as a live performance piece exploring the relationship between the perceived imperfections in my body and the more laudable imperfections that one finds in the natural world, and which are described as “natural beauty.” This research will directly influence my next steps in furthering You Are Her(e) – re-envisioning the project as an Augmented Reality app.

The pandemic’s forced pause on this work has provided me with time to become curious around the bigger themes and ideas posed in this work – the role of eco-feminism and how colonialism has affected the way we speak about and interact with both land and women’s bodies; how crippling the creation process affects our relationships to each other, to the work and to our self; when colonial land stewardship practices and Indigenous knowledge are presented side by side, how do we, as artmakers, embody this information and allow it to affect our personal storytelling? Finally, I have made a commitment to making work with a low to no carbon footprint. I believe this research is integral to the creation of an interactive app that can engage users without the need for travel, sets and tickets!


In this exploration, I also hope to affirm that the physical differences which the fashion and beauty industries try to fix and change are in fact the key important elements in our individual personal beauty. Using my personal story of reclaiming my body as a positive thing through the metaphor of national parks and natural beauty, I want to explore adding the stories, ideas and personal experiences of other female identifying folks to create a collage of personal histories where we are encouraged as a community to embrace our own and others’ unique personal beauty. 

About Stedroy and Tessa’s Research

Stedroy and Tessa find they are connected through their love of Hip Hop dance and culture. Having both been raised in the prairies with vastly different histories, they are excited about this opportunity for creative research as it allows them each to work outside their respective communities. In the spirit of exchange and reciprocity, they intend to create solos for one another with a focus on the role freestyle/improvisation plays in their performance and choreographic practices.

Young Lungs Dance Exchange’s Research Series is generously supported by Manitoba Arts Council and Winnipeg Arts Council.

Workshop: DIY Solo Creation & Dance Improv

Workshop: DIY Solo Creation & Dance Improv

A workshop for all performers and improvisers. 

February 17, 2022
6:00 – 9:00 pm
At The Output, 100 Arthur St, 2nd floor

For building access info, click here https://art-space.ca/accessibility-info/, or email younglungs.wpg@gmail.com.

Venue will be at reduced capacity to ensure physical distancing, limited spots are available. Payment is sliding scale $5-$50.

Click HERE to register!

As per the current Provincial Health Orders, proof of vaccination is required upon entry. Participants who are not able to provide proof of double vaccination will not be given entry to the facility. Face masks are mandatory.

About the Workshop:
Meagan O’Shea teaches DIY Solo Creation and Ensemble Improv throughout North America, Europe and beyond.

This workshop will focus on generative improv strategies, working with each individual’s source material.  Moving together in-person with physical distancing in place, we will expand the exploration to the social body and practice composing together in real time. We will also work on solo sourcing and developing material that we will share with each other at the end of the workshop.

Meagan fuses contemporary dance and performance practices with theatre, storytelling, clown, comedy, DIY spectacle in her interdisciplinary, interactive solo works. Using some of her favourite tools, we’ll play with extrapolating from a theme to generate material and about it in interesting ways.

Meagan has developed her Oblique/Switch creative methodology through her training and work with Keith Hennessy, Ruth Zaporah, Nina Martin and voice work with Katherine Duncanson, Fides Krucker, Allessio Castonelli (The World is Sound), John Turner, Karen Hines, devised theatre with One Yellow Rabbit, and countless other workshops and trainings. Her work is supported through her dance, somatic, pilates, and yoga practices. 

About Meagan O’Shea (she | her) Canada/Germany

Working across forms and borders, queer, contemporary dance+ artist Meagan O’Shea devises “Uplifting, energetic and totally out of the ordinary” performances for real and imagined spaces. 

Working with Oblique/Switch as a generative research method to reach beyond the Obvious/1st Impulse and Opposite/2nd Impulse to discover The Oblique/3rd Impulse; the potential to disrupt dominant paradigms, and offer an alternative to binary systems, she creates content-driven, problem-finding, contemporary solo work, treating the process like a science experiment, she uses body and the interaction with the audience as test site.

Meagan’s award-nominated solo work has been presented across Canada, in New York, Mexico, Morocco, Spain, Ireland, Finland, Austria, Greece and Germany. Meagan has also refined an ensemble improv practice through the ongoing “dance like no one is watching” performance project, which animates/disrupts public space, has included over 200 dancers and reached 30,000 incidental audience. She is currently working on Anatomalia (anatomy+anomaly+femalia), 7 choreographies set in immersive, installed environments tracking the transformation in healing trauma to find joy.

Meagan teaches DIY Solo Making and Ensemble Improv in North America and Europe. In 2007 Meagan founded Stand Up Dance as a platform to amplify her vision and support her work and that of other artists and communities. She is co-founder of hub14 in Toronto, was International Associate Artist at Dance Ireland for three seasons, Associate Artist at Theatre Direct, BIDE Artistic Collaborator (12-14), and has created much of her work through international residencies. She is a recipient of the KM Hunter Award in Dance and twice been shortlisted for the Guggenheim Fellowship. 

This workshop is made possible with the generous support from Manitoba Arts Council. Thanks also to our partner Video Pool Media Arts Centre.