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
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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.

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

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

For building access info, click here, or email

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

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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.

Agreement Making for Creative Practice with Alex Elliott and Ali Robson

Agreement Making for Creative Practice with Alex Elliott and Ali Robson

This workshop is FREE, and includes ASL interpretation

Friday, December 10, 2021
2:30 – 4:30 pm (CST)
Online over Zoom

Please click HERE to register.

For over a year Alex and Ali have been having conversations about the agreements that we make when we engage in creative work in a studio together and how those agreements can contribute to safer and braver creative spaces. This workshop will share their considerations and engage participants in dialogue about writing letters of agreement and contracts. The workshop will be geared towards independent artists, collectives and groups. 

Participants will be invited to read/write/share their own ideas and experiences with agreement making. The workshop will be recorded for future reference.

Alex and Ali have a shared history as students, performers, artists, travellers and studio mates. They bring many years of experience, as independent dancers, choreographers, dance company members, teachers, producers and presenters in both dance and theatre, to the task of writing letters of agreement and to the thoughtful inquiry of how we make safer and braver creative spaces.

YLDE’s programming is made possible with the generous support from Winnipeg Arts Council, Manitoba Arts Council.

YLDE Annual General Meeting

YLDE Annual General Meeting + Essay Reading by Cierra Bettens

Date: Sunday, November 21, 2021
Time: 2:00 – 3:30 pm
Where: Online over Zoom

To register, please click HERE.

This event is FREE, all are welcome to attend.

In her written essay, Cierra will respond to the choreographic research of Meryem Alaoui and Sasha Amaya who recently completed a Research Series residency with YLDE.

About Cierra:

Cierra Bettens (she/her/elle) is a prairie writer, editor and student based in Treaty 1 & the Homeland of the Métis Nation. She currently edits the small but mighty arts and culture section of The Uniter and covers activism, culture and life for Lithium Magazine. With a fierce commitment to community-centred journalism, Cierra has written extensively on labour issues, politics and grassroots organizing. Her research interests include political economy and urban development. She’s thrilled to explore the intersections of dance and writing through the Young Lung Dance Exchange Research Series.

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

Research Series Showing with Artists Meryem Alaoui & Sasha Amaya

Research Series Showing with Artists-In-Residence

This is an in-person event, with limited space.

When: Friday, October 15, 2021
Time: 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Where: The Output – part of the Video Pool Media Arts Centre – 218 – 100 Arthur Street

(For access info please email

Payment is sliding scale $0 – $30
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As per the current Provincial Health Orders, proof of vaccination is required upon entry. People who are not able to provide proof of vaccination will not be given entry. Mask wearing is mandatory.

About the Research:

Meryem Alaoui (TO) & Sasha Amaya (WPG) will share with the public the culmination of their research project in residence with YLDE.

During their residency, Meryem Alaoui and Sasha Amaya are interested in the concept of incompletion in relation to the environment and the body, specifically with forms of materiality and objects alongside the moving body. An image that was initially presented as a point of departure is that of the Hassan Tower, a never-completed Mosque in Rabat, Morocco. Drawn to the unusual power and beauty of the tower’s uncompleted state, Meryem and Sasha are interested in exploring this state of incompletion in their bodies, through movement, touch, and voice.

The artists’ interest also lies in how our somatic bodies hold knowledge and how our past experiences affect our way of creating now, in dance, but also in daily life. Meryem and Sasha are curious about how they can dialogue through movement, as they research and create together, in an effort to encourage a human meeting beyond the mere presence of two opinions, perspectives, and cultures brought side by side.

About the Artists:

Artistic Director of Jasad Dance Projects, Meryem Alaoui is a dancer-choreographer from Morocco, living in Toronto. Her work is often an invitation towards a softer and sensorial experience of dance. Through her work at Jasad, she aims to increase the visibility of North African/Arab/Middle Eastern contemporary dance artists in Canada and internationally. A graduate of the School of TDT, she has danced for multiple choreographers in Toronto, including Amanda Acorn, Peggy Baker, Anthony Hamilton and Karen Kaeja. Her choreographic works have been shown in Ontario and Quebec. Meryem has received residency support nationally and internationally, and funding from the CCA, the OAC and the TAC. She also enjoys breaking the silos between professional and community art, by being involved in arts-education and community arts projects.

Sasha Amaya studied at the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School and the School of Contemporary Dancers before obtaining her BA in Philosophy, Literature, and the History of Ideas from the University of Winnipeg. Going on to graduate studies at the University of Cambridge and the Royal Institute of Art Stockholm, and dance studies in Germany and France, Sasha works in dance, choreography, installation, and direction. In her practice, Sasha is particularly interested in how we frame, utilize, reject, and repurpose historical narratives and techniques in contemporary art, how we think about and define craft, and the relationship between space, sound, and movement. As a collaborator, Sasha finds great pleasure in the adventure that is creating shared vocabularies and building up new worlds with others.

This programming is made possible with the generous support from Winnipeg Arts Council & Manitoba Arts Council.

Movement Practice: Body Language with Jen Otisi

SOLD OUT! Movement Practice: Body Language with Jen Otisi

This is a FREE in-person class, with limited space.

When: Saturday, October 23, 2021
Time: 4:00 – 5:45 pm
Where: Drop-In Dance Winnipeg – 1381 Portage Avenue

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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 vaccination will not be given entry to the facility. Masks are mandatory in all public spaces of the facility.

About Movement Practice:

YLDE invites all movers and thinkers to learn new skills, experience alternative pathways, and engage in dialogue at our free Movement Practice sessions. At every session a different guest is invited to share whatever is currently inspiring them about their movement practice, bringing their own unique knowledge, experience, and inquiry to the floor.

In this movement practice session, Jen will lead attendees through the popular heels/stiletto style dance genre. The focus will be on musicality with R&B and Soul music, highlighting the lines of the body and improving self confidence through body language. Heels are not essential for the practice, some might say dancing with bare feet feels better.

Jen Otisi is a Nigerian dance artist and choreographer based in Winnipeg, MB. Her dance style draws influence from traditional Nigerian styles, Afrobeat/Afrofusion and Dancehall. Moving from Nigeria to Winnipeg, She gradually submerged into the Winnipeg dance scene under the direction of B.O.S.S dance team, training in various dance styles such as Hip Hop, Dancehall, Vogue and Waacking.

In Winnipeg, she has performed in productions such as Artist Within, Afropeg, Step Threat, competed in street styles dance battles and has appeared in live performances for Canadian music artists including Alexa Dirks “Begonia”, Carine Bado and Ben Tamana. 

YLDE’s programming is made possible with the generous support from Manitoba Arts Council.

Photo credit: @bnbstudioswpg
IG: @jenotisi

Hip Hop Intensive with Shaqueel Lawrence

Cancelled: Hip Hop Intensive with Shaqueel Lawrence

This is a week-long in-person workshop with an option to sign-up for individual classes. If you choose to take the whole workshop make sure to sign up for each day’s class separately. Limited space available.

Date: October 18 – 22, 2021
Time: 4:00 – 5:30 pm
Where: Drop-In Dance Winnipeg – 1381 Portage Avenue

Payment is sliding scale $0 – $30 per class.
Click here to register!

(For access info please email

As per the current Provincial Health Orders, proof of vaccination is required upon entry. People who are not able to provide proof of vaccination will not be given entry. Mask wearing is mandatory.

About the Workshop:

Shaq’s classes will be high energy and choreography-based with influences from a number of different styles. Some of those styles include breaking, popping and animation to name a few. The focus for each class will vary but the overall intent will be to grow, share energy, and have fun while doing so. 

Shaqueel Lawrence was born and raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Shaq currently co-directs a dance team out of Winnipeg called IKIGAI Collective and teaches a weekly drop in slot out of Muse Dance Studio. All of this while also travelling to teach classes across the continent. Recent studios include Millennium Dance Complex Toronto, Pas De Deux Hawaii, Studio 604 (Vancouver), EXPG in New York, The Jukebox Grounds and Elektro Academy both in Arizona and many more. Shaq is also coming in hot off the stage after backup dancing for the popular Kpop band BTS out of the MetLife Stadium in New Jersey/New York and recently added to the KAOS Cast!

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

YLDE Book Club

YLDE Book Club

The YLDE board and staff, invites you to join us in reading Manitowapow: Aboriginal Writings from the Land of Water

This anthology of Aboriginal writings from Manitoba takes readers back through the millennia and forward to the present day, painting a dynamic picture of a territory interconnected through words, ideas, and experiences. A rich collection of stories, poetry, nonfiction, and speeches.

Join us in a reading discussion of Manitowapow online over Zoom, Sunday, November 14 from 2:00 – 4:00 pm

Sign up for free on Eventbrite.

Visit the Winnipeg Public Library to borrow a copy of Manitowapow from their collection, or purchase your own copy, available for $35 at McNally Robinson Booksellers.

If you have trouble with getting ahold of a copy email us at