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Eryn Renee Young, Class of 2008

Eryn Renee Young
Eryn graduated from Allied Health in 2008. She really enjoyed her time at Allied because of the friendships she cultivated and the creative pursuits that were encouraged here, and it was those that made her realize that she was better suited to a career in the arts.  She belives that she serves the community better as a dance artist (choreographer, dancer, teacher, mentor, creative consultant) than she would have as a med student because she is happy and fulfilled by her life choices and she strives passionately to help other artists and art students find the same passion and fulfillment in their work.

Eryn learned at Allied that while science is and always will be fascinating, academia is not her preferred environment, and that she prefered to go out into the world and do. For that reason, she completed a degree at NYU via an independent study program and founded her own ballet company at 19 years of age, which has for the past three years been creating, performing, teaching, and touring across the Northeastern USA. Eryn's formal bio is as follows:

Eryn Renee Young is co-founder and resident choreographer of XAOC Contemporary Ballet, a New York City-based neoclassical ballet company founded in 2010. Her choreographic work has been showcased at The Ailey Citigroup Theater, the Young Choreographer’s Festival at Symphony Space, Boston Contemporary Dance Festival at the Paramount Theater, the White Wave Dumbo Dance Festival, the Counter/Pointe Series in collaboration with Norte Maar and the Brooklyn Ballet at the Actor’s Fund Arts Center, the Choreographer’s Canvas at Manhattan Movement and Arts Center, NYC10: an initiative for NYC Dance Week at
Dixon Place, Dance New Amsterdam, Triskelion Arts Center, Steps on Broadway, the Moving Beauty Series, the Algonquin Arts Center, Peridance Capezio Center, the Boston Conservatory, and New York University, including a solo choreography show entitled A New Era: Elements of Dance in 2009 and another in the Gallatin Arts Festival in 2012. She is honored to have been selected as a mentee for the 2013 Dance/USA Institute for Leadership Training and for LCA's 2013 Women in Dance Series. She has provided choreographic consulting on various projects including the 2012 MashRome Festival’s production of Medea under the direction of Jimmy Ferguson. She acts as production coordinator for Buglisi Dance Theatre’s Table of Silence Project 9/11 and as assistant coordinator for Peridance Capezio Center's Certificate Program, Teen Summer Intensive, and Blueprint Summer Intensive. Ms. Young began her dance training locally in New Jersey and has studied previously at the Boston Conservatory, Peridance Capezio Center, Broadway Dance Center, and MAX Ballet Academy in Florence, Italy. She holds a baccalaureate degree in Contemporary Ballet Choreography and Fine Art from New York University. She began choreographing in 2007 and draws inspiration from Balanchine-Stravinsky works, classical sculpture, Greek myth, David Dawson, Christopher Wheeldon, and William Forsythe.