In 2004, a Winnipeg collective produced a successful showcase, Not Frozen or Canned which prompted regular shows by various local creators all under the moniker of Young Lungs Dance Exchange.
In 2006 Young Lungs incorporated as a not-for-profit and introduced two annual professional presentations: No Idling which presented new works and Link which presented interdisciplinary collaborations. In 2012, responding to community desire for more in-depth development and experimentation, No Idling and Link evolved into two annual open-form creation/presentation contexts.
1. The Production Series, which would begin to offer two creators a longer presentation platform and more development time.
2. The Research Series, which would facilitate workshop-style development/experimentation and interaction in and around dance.
As experimentation is essential to artistic practice, YLDE invests much of its energy into producing The Research Series. This past 2014/15 year, additional components were incorporated into the Research Series thanks to a presenters grant from Canada Council. These included peer-to-peer observation, creator classes, and an endnote address & roundtable discussion, including the presentation of an essay by a commissioned academic reflecting on the process.