A Message to Our Dance Community Regarding COVID-19

Dear Artists, Movers, Friends, Collaborators, Observers, 

Due to the progression of the COVID-19 pandemic, Young Lungs Dance Exchange will be postponing our upcoming Research Series until further notice. We remain committed to facilitating activity which fosters artistic creation, growth and connection, and recognize that we are in a unique position to remain financially supportive to the artists involved in the Research Series during this time of crisis. We look forward to sharing the dance-based research explored by the amazing cohort of artists involved in the Research Series, including Neilla Hawley, Mark Dela Cruz, and Emily Solstice Tait, Meryem Alaoui and Sasha Amaya, as well as essayists Omid Moterassed and Ryan Ad, as soon as possible. 

During this extraordinary time, Young Lungs has been deeply inspired by artists helping to keep us, as a people, moving. We have seen how adaptable humans are, how resilient, and how critical art is in each of our lives. We would like to extend our gratitude and thanks to all the artists out there offering their work, their skills, and their hearts to the public in new and innovative ways. 

We also recognize the broad sweeping and heartbreaking cancellations of performances, shows, and projects, faced by artists in the last few weeks and into the unforeseeable future. The financial implications of these cancellations for artists is huge. For dance artists living in Western Canada, CADA/West has just issued a statement regarding their commitment to supporting dance artists at this time, as well as an update on the Government of Canada’s proposal to commit $82B to assist Canadians who have lost income due to measures implemented to stop the spread of COVID-19. We hope that this information might be of some help to those of you facing this particular financial challenge right now.

Go to https://cadawest.org/ for more information.

Our bodies are moving through this together, even if we are, at the moment, physically apart. 

Stay safe folks, and keep on dancing!


The Young Lungs Dance Exchange Board of Directors

[email protected]

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POSTPONED Research Series Endnote Reception

Sun Mar 29 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Sunday, March 29, 2020 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm The Edge Gallery & Urban Art Centre (611 Main Street) FREE!  

Professional Master Classes with Darryl Tracy

Mon Mar 30 - Fri Apr 03

Sawdon Dance is excited to be bringing the very talented Darryl Tracy back to Winnipeg this Spring! Darryl is a Toronto-based independent dance artist: choreographer, interpreter, teacher, and producer (full bio below). What: Professional Master Classes with Guest Artists Darryl Tracy. (Class description below) Accompanist: David Schneider has agreed to enrich our classes with his amazing musical talents! We are so fortunate to have him! When: March 30th – April 3rd, 2020. 10AM – 11:30AM Where: Rachel Browne Theatre -…

Virtual Dance Party!

Sat Apr 18 @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Young Lungs Dance Exchange is hosting a Virtual Dance Party! When: Saturday, April 18, 2020 from 8:00 - 9:00 PM Where: Online on Zoom DJ: Curated "DANCE HARD" playlist by DJ Jill Groening This is a free event and all abilities are welcome. Click the zoom link anytime between 8:00 - 9:00 PM to join in the fun! Let’s move together while apart! Stay safe and keep on dancin’! Join Zoom Meeting by clicking the link below: https://us04web.zoom.us/j/356480771 Meeting ID: 356 480 771 Photo Credit: The Great Gatsby, dir. Baz Luhrmann (2013).

Young Lungs Dance Exchange’s Annual General Meeting

Tue Apr 28 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Join us for our virtual Annual General Meeting with special guest Deanna Peters! When: Tuesday, April 28, 2020 from 5:00 - 6:00 PM Where: Online on Zoom Guest Speaker: Deanna Peters Deanna was a participating artist in the Young Lungs’ 2019 research series! They are a dance artist and representative of CADA/West, residing in Coast Salish Territory (Vancouver, BC). Deanna will be sharing with us their experience of moving forward with an embodied practice during this pandemic, when physically meeting to share…

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Movement Practice

Young Lungs Dance Exchange invites all movers and thinkers to learn new skills, experience alternative pathways, and engage in dialogue. Titled Movement Practice, the event is a time to dance and discuss in a comfortable, inclusive environment.

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Young Lungs Dance Exchange is a Winnipeg-based network of independent dance and movement-based artists dedicated to supporting each other and advancing their art form.

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