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Associate Artistic Director

With a Honduran heritage, Ms. Young was raised in Santa Ana, California. She received her pre-professional dance training from The Wooden Floor, formerly known as Saint Joseph Ballet, under the Artistic Direction of Beth Burns. She had countless opportunities as a young student, including attending two summer programs at the National Ballet School of Canada in Toronto. She attended Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa, California, with a focus in Business Administration.

Ms. Young is a proud graduate of The Ailey School. She trained in three of their programs: Summer Intensive, Certificate Program and Fellowship. She worked with noted choreographers such as Francesca Harper, Bill T. Jones, Milton Myers and Kevin Wynn. She performed Memoria choreographed by Alvin Ailey at City Center and Church of Nations choreographed by Kevin Iega Jeff with Ailey at the Apollo. During her studies as a Fellowship student, she was awarded the opportunity to train as an exchange student in Amsterdam, Holland.

She teaches Horton Technique master classes both nationally and internationally. Ms. Young has been the Company Horton Technique Instructor for Dallas Black Dance Theatre since 1998. In 2004, she taught the Horton Technique at Dallas' Southern Methodist University as an Adjunct Instructor and was an Adjunct Instructor of Modern Dance (Horton Technique) at Texas Woman's University in Denton from 2005-2008.

In January 2000, she was presented with The Dancer's Award for artistic excellence and dedication to DBDT. She was chosen as one of "The Talented Tenth" by The Dallas Weekly, for being a Young and Emerging Leader. She serves a board member for the Dance Council of North Texas and has also served as an advisory panelist for City of Dallas/Office of Cultural Affairs, Young Audiences of Dallas, Texas Commission on the Arts and Arkansas Arts Council. Ms. Young is currently in her nineteenth season with Dallas Black Dance Theatre and her eighth season serving as the Associate Artistic Director.