Yuhas & Dancers
CONTEMPORARY DANCE COLLECTIVE BASED IN COLUMBIA, S.C.
–Christina W. Richardson
2018 & 2019 Asheville Fringe
Arts Festival Fan Favorite
"Poetry in physical form"
Artist's Choice Most Inspiring Act
10 women strong
"...you leave with a sense that you’ve just witnessed an intense conversation."
-August 28th-29th, Virtual FEMMEfest 2020 based out of Atlanta, GA
-Fall 2020, Dance Festival of Columbia, Columbia, SC
M I S S I O N
Premiering in January 2018, under the direction of Meredith Yuhas, Yuhas & Dancers works collaboratively to empower young dancers through presenting pre-professional and professional opportunities for dancers of all shapes, sizes, and colors. Presenting nostalgic images to serve as a catalyst for discussion, we are motivated by the world’s unbalance of power and have chosen to petition for genuine compassion in the face of adversity. The company moves as advocates of equality and honest conversation, believing that our greatest strength is found in our shared vulnerability.
Yuhas & Dancers (Y&D) is a dance company based in Columbia, SC under the direction of Meredith Yuhas. 10 women strong, the group strives to empower dancers of all shapes, sizes, and colors through professional opportunities in dance. Emerging out of the Columbia College Dance Program, the company works as advocates of body confidence, honest conversation, and confronting inequality specifically in socio-cultural norms of the Southern United States. Y&D made their debut at the Asheville Fringe Festival January 2018, winning Festival Fan Favorite now two years in a row. In addition, the group was awarded Most Inspiring Act for their 2019 evening length performance, Physical Poetry, created in collaboration with Marcus Amaker. Y&D made their Northeast premiere at PortFringe Theater Festival in Portland, ME, winning Critics Choice and sharing their work through a community workshop on vulnerability.
The group unites dancers of the South producing in 2018 Columbia’s Emerging Choreographers Show with Tapp's Arts Center and an evening of dance in The Free Verse Poetry Festival. Additionally, the company offers community workshops in kinesthetic empathy and embodied activism and believes this work continues to make them a dynamic force on and off the stage.