About the Young Choreographers Initiative
The Young Choreographers Initiative is an empowering project for young people that
builds confidence, inspires collaboration, encourages creativity and allows free
expression. The program began in 2016 during a summer dance intensive when a
group of teen students explored choreography as a craft in two weeks of daily classes
with teaching artist’s Susan Quinn and Ian Spencer Bell. The enthusiasm and interest
with which the students met the challenge warranted continuation, and a full school year
of offerings was implemented. Today the Young Choreographers Initiative experience
consists of weekly dance making classes, annual performances of choreography in
progress, and workshops and presentations on creative process with renowned
choreographers, in residence at Pulse and at venues such as Kaatsbaan International
Dance Center and Jacobs Pillow.
Youth today are faced with an economic, environmental and political landscape that
leaves many feeling disempowered and unheard. The Young Choreographers Initiative
gives young people a voice and a forum to express their viewpoints through movement.
Through this project, they become ambassadors of the art form, the process, their
generation, and the community in and for which it takes place.