PODCAST BY SILVA LAUKKANEN
In this episode of DanceCast, Silva interviews Gretchen Pick, executive director of Young Dance in Minnesota’s Twin Cities region. Young Dance offers youth classes and performance opportunities, and started to include dance classes for children and adults with disabilities in 2010 after realizing nothing else was being offered locally. Gretchen shares her belief in recognizing the uniqueness of individual bodies and supporting that expression, her passion for teaching, and how she’d like to expand and build upon Young Dance’s All Abilities program in the future.
Gretchen Pick has worked with Young Dance since 2000 and is currently its executive director. She has a BA from Sarah Lawrence College, an MFA in dance performance from the University of Wisconsin, and is a certified Laban Movement Analyst. She has been an active dancer, teacher and choreographer in the Twin Cities since 1993, and has worked extensively with Minneapolis Public Schools since 1999. During her time at Young Dance, she has developed the All Abilities program, expanded the scholarship program, and worked to offer season-long workshops.
To learn more, visit www.youngdance.org.