Dance Bio

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Adam began dancing at the age of 6 at the Freddie Finn Dance Studio in Riverside, CA. At age 12, he started training at other studios like Riverside Ballet Arts and was driving all over southern California (including Orange County and Los Angeles) for the best training that he could find in jazz, tap, ballet, and modern. At age 17, Adam was the “1998 Dancer of the Year” in Las Vegas and was flown to Australia to compete in their national competition, where he also received top scores amongst the other competitors.

In 1999 (age 18), Adam won the Music Center Spotlight Awards Scholarship for modern dance at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion (televised and hosted by John Lithgow) as well as the Kennedy Center Emerging Young Artist Award Scholarship. He was offered a full scholarship to the Ailey School and Julliard School in New York but could not move that far away due to health complications. Mr. Young graduated from the University of California, Irvine with Honors, on full scholarship as a dance major in 2003. After graduation he danced with the Nashville Ballet for two seasons. He has danced and/or trained with several other companies as well, including Inland Pacific Ballet and River North Chicago.

Adam danced, judged and master taught all over the United States and has performed internationally in several countries including France, Australia, Canada and Mexico. He has also taught and choreographed several projects throughout Australia. Adam has trained at the National Conservatoire de Paris and been tutored by such mentors as David Allan, Donald McKayle and Al Gilbert. By 2006 his lung capacity had fallen below 40%, requiring him to put his professional career on hold. Adam is grateful for the opportunities he has had so far and looks forward to adding more to this bio soon since he is recovering well from his recent gift of life!

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