Mandate and Mission Statement

Young Lungs Dance Exchange is a not-for-profit artist-run service organization committed to the development, creation and presentation of contemporary dance and interdisciplinary performance in Winnipeg.

Our mission is to:

Support and challenge artists to take artistic risks.

Promote artistic excellence.

Foster collaboration and cross-pollination between genres, disciplines, styles, ideas.

Encourage a blend of experimentation, research, and formal presentation.

Facilitate the evolution of contemporary dance as an artform.

Our mandate is to:

Provide creators and performers with paid, immersive, professional development opportunities designed to maximize sharing, discussion and critique.

Expand the scope of its programs to serve artists at each stage of their professional careers

Promote and expand the reach of professional contemporary dance in Winnipeg by hosting roundtable discussions, workshops and other events that are open to the general public.

Offer professional contexts in which artists and can learn skills, cultivate a larger repertoire and develop presentation histories.

Provide opportunities for artists to connect with other artists for advice, guidance through mentorship.

Provide regularly available practice and presentation space.

Present contemporary dance and interdisciplinary performance.

Provide marketing and awareness support for our network and partner organizations.

Contribute to the growth of performers, choreographers, educators and the arts community at large.