Adam Young knew at a very young age what he wanted to do with his life. At age 3 he watched a television special on ballet dancer, Mikhail Baryshnikov. He knew at that moment that he would some day become a professional dancer. That evening Adam approached his father and said, “I’m going to be the next Mikhail Baryshnikov!” His father’s reply was, “Mikhail who?”
Despite the fact that Adam was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis at the age of 1, his parents let him enroll in dance lessons when he turned 6 years old. By the age of 18 Mr. Young was dancing every day all over Southern California and had won many awards including the 1999 Music Center Spotlight Award for Modern Dance, the Kennedy Center’s Emerging Young Artist Award, and the 1998 Dancer of the Year Award which allowed him to dance, teach and perform in Australia. Adam attended the University of California, Irvine on full scholarship and danced professionally with the Nashville Ballet for two seasons after graduation. By this point Adam had danced, taught, choreographed, trained, and performed internationally in such countries as France, Australia, Canada, etc.
Unfortunately by the age of 25, Adam’s CF had taken a heavy toll on his body and he soon had to stop dancing and began living on disability. Within 2 months of this retirement, Adam required oxygen to breathe at all times. He remained on oxygen for 7 years and sat on the double lung transplant list at UCLA for 2 years. On May 31 of 2013, Mr. Young received the call from UCLA and was given a double lung transplant. He no longer requires extra oxygen to breathe and his lung capacity has gone from 20% to 90%. After over a year since Adam Young’s transplant he is back to dancing and is currently working on a project about his life that will premiere in August of 2016. Adam will be speaking and performing in Riverside, CA on October 8, 2015 at 9:00 pm for the “Long Night” of Arts & Innovation event. Hope to see you there!
For more information, visit longnightriverside.com
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