Dance Day Party

Dance Day Party

Celebrate International Dance Day by movin’ and groovin’ with all your friends. Enjoy DJs, dancing, and door prizes, all in one place with Young Lungs Dance Exchange.

Saturday April 29, 2023
8:00 PM until late
The Good Will Social Club – 625 Portage Avenue (accessibility info here)

Please click here for tickets. Come dance the night way!

Your support helps us continue to assist movement artists through providing research creation opportunities, workshops, and training opportunities throughout the year. Thank you for helping make dance collaboration and creation possible.

Screen Dance Public Event #6 – Screen Dance Distribution

Screen Dance Public Event #6 – Screen Dance Distribution

How do you share your video works with the world? Artists Jennifer Smith, Sophia Wolfe and Colleen Snell will share their work, experiences and how they distribute their creations! This will be follwed by a short Q&A.

December 11, 2022
2:30 – 4:30 PM
Online through Zoom

Please click HERE for tickets.


Jennifer Smith, is a Métis curator, writer and arts administrator from Treaty 1 Territory/Winnipeg. She works as the Executive Director for National Indigenous Media Arts Coalition (NIMAC), alongside her practice as an independent curator and arts writer. Jennifer’s research focuses on exploring the ways we make things that range from traditional methods of making to exploring new digital technologies that tell our stories. In 2018 she was the Indigenous Curator in Residence at aceartinc. in Winnipeg, and most recently co-curated the exhibition Sovereign Intimacies with Nasrin Himada for Plug In ICA and Gallery 1C03. 

Jennifer worked in independent short film and video distribution for eleven years at Video Pool Media Arts Centre, and prior to that at the Winnipeg Film Group. She was one of the founding members of, a platform offering access to the distribution catalogues of seven independent film and video distributors.

My name is Sophia Mai Wolfe (she/her/hers), I am a queer, Japanese-Canadian independent artist whose practice is ever-changing. My practice moves and connects me to live performance, video documentation, curation, festival programming, editing, filmmaking, directing and choreographing. I am a grateful guest of what is colonially know as Vancouver on the territories of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish),and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations. My dance practice has led me to performing and touring internationally with companies and independent choreographers such as Company 605, Co-Erasga, Chick Snipper, Cindy Mochizuki, Lisa Mariko Gelley, Kelly McInnes, Antonio Somera, Zahra Shahab, The Only Animal and New World Theatre.

I hold an MA in Screendance with Distinction (2022) from the London Contemporary Dance School, and is the founder and Artistic Director of F-O-R-M (Festival Of Recorded Movement). Through completing my MA, I became interested in making work that challenges and slows our attention. I use film and dance to invite connection and empathy towards the bodies we witness on screen, as well as invite sensation within the bodies of those witnessing.

The Artistic Director of Frog in Hand, Colleen works with a broad range of dance and movement organizations in a variety of roles. She devises and performs with multidisciplinary artists and holds an MA from LCDS (England). Her collaborative process is highly regarded, as is her site-specific choreography. Colleen’s creative work for screens has included dance films (Lifers, cave forest river field), audio productions (War of the Worlds Reimagined, a narrative website (the Lost Museum), and currently, an immersive audio-based app (“Anomaly,” in development).

Cinematic Somatics Workshop with Melanie Jame Wolf

Cinematic Somatics Workshop with Melanie Jame Wolf

YLDE has partnered with Blinkers to present a workshop with Berlin-based choreographer and visual artist, Melanie Jame Wolf!

This workshop explores performance, embodiment and the choreographic potential of materials and the moving image. No formal performance or dance training is required. Wolf will introduce her current research into ‘cinematic somatics’; analysing how time and space behave differently between the two distinct formal systems of the stage and the screen; exploring feeling into the screen and choreographing the lens. The workshop will then use these experimental strategies to play with and practice possibilities for staging fantastic embodiments and rehearsing fluid subjectivities and persona as critical artistic materials.

Saturday, November 26
11 AM – 4:30 PM
Synonym Art Consultation – 211 Pacific Avenue
Pay What You Can

Please click HERE for tickets.


Coming from a background in contemporary performance, Melanie Jame works with text, sound, moving image, choreography, & textiles. Her work is concerned with the poetics and problematics of ghosts, class, pop, sensuality, gender, narratology, and the body as a political riddle. Wolf pursues an ongoing interest in analysing the idea of performance-as-labour in artistic, popular entertainment, and everyday contexts. Her work often focusses on specific performance techniques, for example: impersonation, rehearsal, or stand up – using this strategy as a lens to analyse broader political currents wherein performance is understood as a means of survival and an engine for fluidity of subjectivity.

Workshop Liz Kinoshita

Workshop with Liz Kinoshita

YLDE is excited to partner with Art Holm Series to bring you programming presenting an International artist group from Belgium!

Saturday, November 5
10 am – 12 pm — with ASL interpretation and childcare available

Prairie Theatre Exchange
3rd Floor, Portage Place
393 Portage Avenue
Pay What You Can

Please click HERE for tickets.

Walkups are welcome. Masks will be required.


As an anchor member of voices of dance (VOD) and member of State of the Arts (SOTA), groups that relay info between the cultural field and policy makers, Liz shares a workshop on the Fair Arts Almanac, a workbook, agenda, scribbler, full of testimonies and solutions, to open up discussions on fair practice in our various arts communities. This will be followed by a Community Talk from 12 – 1 pm, where we will sit together and engage in conversations around arts practices and values.


Liz Kinoshita was born in Toronto, Canada and moved to Europe in 2002. She studied at P.A.R.T.S. in Brussels, Belgium between 2004 and 2008. Liz has since worked with ZOO/Thomas Hauert, Tino Sehgal, Good Move/Eleanor Bauer, Hiatus/Daniel Linehan, among others, as well as making her own work with collaborators such as Clinton Stringer, Justin F. Kennedy, and Salka Ardal Rosengren. In 2013 she started her research into the mechanisms of the musical. In 2014 she created VOLCANO, a contemporary dance backstage musical performance. In 2017 Liz premiered Radical Empathy (commissioned by Den Danske Scenekunstskole) and You Can’t Take It With You, an in-the-round performance about waste vs necessity. Liz was part of the artistic team for West Side Story on Broadway, choreographed by Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker and directed by Ivo van Hove. Liz’s new creation 11 O’clock is set to be shared on stage and screen in 2021-2023.

Workshop with Justin F. Kennedy

Workshop with Justin F. Kennedy

YLDE is excited to partner with Art Holm Series to bring you programming presenting an International artist group from Belgium!

Monday, October 31 – Thursday, November 3
10 am – 12 pm each day — with ASL Interpretation available
(you can participate in as many days as you’d like!)
Prairie Theatre Exchange
3rd Floor, Portage Place
393 Portage Avenue
Pay What You Can
*Masks are required*

Please click HERE for tickets


Auto-mythologizing Dance and vocal artist, Justin F. Kennedy will share their practice of Auto-mythologizing and how the material generated translates into lucid science fiction operas. Auto-mythologizing continues a line of research about durational dance and the experience and analysis of altered states of consciousness and its further translatability into live performance. The Auto comes when the practice is so deeply embodied that it becomes second nature or automatic. The myth-making emerges after physical exercises (prompted by images, tasks and movement qualities), when the participants exchange stories, archetypes, and impressions without judgement nor hierarchy. Lucidity is an essential aspect of the work and only arises once the participants have exhausted their constraints and habits. These emergent mythologies inform and are folded into pre-existing science fictions and lay the foundation for rock operas, as well as a deeper relation to the materials. Justin’s work reclaims the value of a-live experience that disrupts notions of individual authorship, in favour of collaboration that expands towards, with, and for others.


Justin F. Kennedy aka JK (1983) is a Berlin-based dance/vocal artist, teacher and DJ originally from St. Croix, US Virgin Islands. With a playful and collaborative approach, their research evolves from experiences and analysis of trance dance and its further translatability into workshops, science fiction operas, durational dance installations and film. In 2006, they earned a BA in Dance and Ethnic Studies from Wesleyan University and in 2013, an MA in Choreography from HZT Berlin. Justin’s notable projects of late include Some Murder Theatre in Here, Volksbühne Grüner Salon, Berlin (2020), UNFURL: a lucid sci-fi opera, BB11 (2020) and SPUR: a fashion western (Winter 2021). They have performed intimately with and for Emma Howes, Ligia Lewis, Louis Vuitton, Tino Sehgal, Adam Linder, Liz Kinoshita, Jeremy Shaw, Josh Johnson, BODYSNATCH, Faustin Linyekula, Jeremy Wade, Peaches, Wu Tsang amongst others.

2022 Annual General Meeting and Community Consultation

2022 Annual General Meeting and Community Consultation

Join us for our 2022 Annual General Meeting. Everyone is welcome!

Sunday, September 25, 2022
2 – 3 PM (AGM)
3 – 4 PM (Community consultation with LAHRK)
Online through Zoom

Please register HERE.

We are seeking interest from those who want to contribute to the dance/movement/art community in Winnipeg. If you are interested or know someone who would be well suited to be on our Board of Directors, please join us at the AGM or send your nomination/interest/questions to


Following the AGM, LAHRK Consulting will lead a guided community discussion as part of YLDE’s five-year strategic planning process. This discussion is part of a larger consultation process that includes a survey, focus groups and one-on-one discussions. We are interested in hearing from everyone to ensure the strategic plan meets the needs of the organization. These discussions will provide a holistic look on how to move forward and include BIPOC engagement. 

We would love to invite you to stay after the AGM and share with us your thoughts on YLDE as an organization, and how we might move forward in new ways to bolster dance in Manitoba focusing on anti-racism and reconciliation

YLDE’s programming is made possible with the generous support from Winnipeg Arts CouncilManitoba Arts Council and Canada Council for the Arts.

Home/Body, Home/Land with Jaime Black

offering by Jaime Black, 2021 / photo credit: Niklas Konowal

Home/Body, Home/Land with Jaime Black

August 29-31, 2022

11-3pm daily

Outdoors, in Stead, Manitoba (1 hour North East of Winnipeg, near Broken Head First Nation)

YLDE will have room to transport 6 participants, leaving the city from downtown at 10am-arriving back in the city at 4pm ​daily​.​ You are ​also ​welcome to attend using your own transportation.

Lunch will be provided.

For site access info email

Click here to register! 

~ Pay-What-You-Can // Suggested $90 Donation ~

Limited capacity, Register by August 21

About the Workshop:

Home/Body, Home/Land is a three-day, site specific performance workshop held in partnership with and on the traditional territories of the Métis, Anishinaabe and Cree communities in Manitoba. Through our work we will explore the histories of the land we are on, creating interconnections and linkages between the land and the body through movement and physical interactions with the land and one another. We will facilitate creating relationship to the land by allowing our bodies to tap into the histories of the site and observing the cycles, changes, and movements of the land we are on, building a mimetic series of gestures that reflect the environment and embrace the land as teacher and guide. 

*As lunch is provided, when registering for the workshop, please indicate any dietary restrictions. Please also include any access needs that you have as well as transportation resources and requirements, ie. access to a vehicle and how many seats, or if needing a ride.

Jaime Black / Photo provided by artist

About Jaime:

Jaime Black is a multidisciplinary artist of Anishinaabe, Métis and European descent. Black’s art practice engages in themes of memory, identity, place and resistance and is grounded in an understanding of the body and the land as sources of cultural and spiritual knowledge.

YLDE thanks Winnipeg Arts Council, Manitoba Arts Council, and Canada Council for the Arts for their continued funding support, thank you also to this workshop’s partners Jérôme Marchildon & Angela Fey!

Presence Action Support: Movement Workshop with Ali Robson

Presence Action Support: Movement Workshop with Ali Robson

Saturday, June 18th, 2022
At The Output, 100 Arthur St, 2nd floor

The venue is wheelchair accessible with gender inclusive washrooms. Face masks required.

For building access info click here, or email

Click here to register!
~ Pay-What-You-Can ~

Please register by June 10th.

About the Workshop:

This workshop is designed to reflect on how we move into presence, action and support. The day will be divided into two halves; the first half will include a group warm up and the second half will be movement improvisations in small groups. The warm up will include improvised movement pathways that are designed to physically warm up, encourage reflection and engage the imagination. The movement improvisations will be a chance for participants to respond physically to a movement score as well as observe fellow participants. This second half of the day will include group discussions and reflections.

This workshop is open to anyone interested in exploring movement as an expressive and reflective medium. The day will move cautiously into working in a shared space together and any partnering (ie: physically touching) will be at the discretion of each participant.

There will be lunch provided in between the first and second part of the day. In registering for the workshop, please indicate any dietary restrictions and/or access needs that you have.

About Ali Robson:

Ali Robson is a dance artist, parent and lifelong learner who is curious about collaborating across disciplines, in different communities and creating work with and for people of all ages. She has worked as a dancer, teacher, choreographer, rehearsal director, movement coach and collaborator since 2004. Ali is a collective member of Weather Parade Dance Theatre with Natasha Torres-Garner, and together they produce intergenerational performances in public and artistic spaces. Ali is an instructor at the University of Winnipeg and has taught creative movement and improvisation classes for children and adults throughout Winnipeg and across Canada. She is currently working towards a degree in Urban and Inner City Studies. Most recently her artistic and academic collaborations have included using arts-based research to look at social issues like housing and adult literacy.

This workshop is made possible with the generous funding support from Manitoba Arts Council.

Movement Offering & Artistic Sharing with Jeanette Kotowich

Movement Offering & Artistic Sharing with Jeanette Kotowich

May 12th 2022
6:30 – 9 pm
At Théâtre Cercle Molière (340 Provencher Blvd)

The venue is wheelchair accessible with gender inclusive washrooms. 
Face masks are mandatory.

ASL Interpretation Provided
Suggested Donation $1 – $30
Click here to register!

About the Workshop:

We gather for this workshop to connect with embodied practices related to Jeanette’s research in Métis & Nêhiyaw Cosmology that bridge movement expressions into contemporary dance and performance practices.  This is an experiential movement workshop, sharing Indigenous cultural perspectives and contemporary dance approaches. Bring your courageous hearts as we intentionally explore specific values to nourish our practices. Together we will stoke our creative fires with compassion, kindness, bravery & joy. All experiences and bodies are welcome. 

About Jeanette:

Jeanette is a multi-disciplinary iskwêw, independent dance artist, creator, choreographer and professional Auntie of Nêhiyaw Métis and mixed settler ancestry. Originally from Treaty 4 territory Saskatchewan, she creates work that reflects Nêhiyaw/Métis cosmology within the context of contemporary dance, Indigenous performance, and Indigenous futurism. Fusing interdisciplinary collaboration, de-colonial practices and embodied research methodologies; Jeanette’s work references protocol, ritual, relationship to the natural/spirit world and Ancestral knowledge. Her practice is intergenerational and vocational; it’s a living and lived experience. Jeanette resides as a guest on the Ancestral and unceded Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) əl̓ilw̓ətaʔɬ/ (Tsleil-Waututh) and Xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) territories, colonially known as Vancouver.

This workshop is made possible with the generous funding support from Manitoba Arts Council, with additional support from our partners Art Holm & Théâtre Cercle Molière.

The Dancer Transition Resource Centre will be hosting A mini networking event for on the MOVE 2022 participants in this same venue from 4:30 – 6:30pm prior to Jeanette’s workshop. Learn more and register for this event here.

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.