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Immediately following the last DanceChance of 2016 TONIGHT at Lou Conte Dance Studio, DWC will co-host an information session with Chicago Dancemakers Forum during which choreographers can learn more about the FAB Lab Artist Program, and, yes, a $15,000 Award. Hello!
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Excited about the last 'chance of 2016 AND about co-hosting an info session with Chicago Dancemakers Forum about their FAB Lab Artist Program! If a $15K grant speaks to you...join us at Lou Conte Dance Studio Friday at 7pm! ... See MoreSee Less

#DanceChance is this Friday, December 2 from 7–8pm presented in partnership with DanceWorks Chicago. Come support three talented artists as they share their work! $3 cash at the door gives you the opportunity to not only see choreographed works by local choreographers, but also gives you the chance to enter free drawings for tickets to upcoming #chidance performances including Chicago Dance Crash at Ruth Page Center for the Arts, Julie Muz and Mat Fraser: Beauty and The Beast Beauty and the Beast at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago and Love With/out Trembling (movement/performance) Collaboration with Molly Shanahan/MadShak and Kristina Fluty at Links Hall. Get to know the three choreographers sharing their work with us at this month's DanceChance: Elliot Hammans (Santa Fe, NM) began his formal dance training in 2008 with Robert Sher-Machherndl, former principal dancer with Het Nationale Ballet (the Dutch National Ballet), and continued his ballet and modern dance education with Moving People Dance in Santa Fe, NM. Hammans joined Moving People Dance Company as an apprentice in 2010, trained on full scholarship at the Alonzo King LINES Dance Center in San Francisco, and attended Hubbard Street Dance Chicago’s 2011 and 2012 Summer Intensives. Following one season with Cherylyn Lavagnino Dance and studies abroad at Austria’s Tanzzentrum SEAD (Salzburg Experimental Academy of Dance), Hammans earned his BFA in Dance in 2014 from Tisch School of the Arts at NYU. Hammans was promoted to Hubbard Street's main company in August 2016. Originally from Calgary, Alberta, Canada, Terra Kell began her training at Drewitz Dance Productions. She trained under the RAD syllabus and received distinction on her advanced two examination. Terra continued her dance education at the University of Arizona where see received a BFA in Dance, summa cum laude. In 2015, Terra was the proud recipient of the Maria C. Mandel Memorial Ballet Scholarship. She has received other training from Springboard Danse Montreal, Spellbound Contemporary Ballet (Rome), Movement Invention Project, ChuThis Moves (Peter Chu), Alonzo King’s LINES Contemporary Ballet, Keigwin & Co., and 604 Collective (Vancouver, Canada). Terra joined Visceral Dance Chicago this season as an apprentice. Throughout her career, she has had the opportunity to perform works by Ohad Naharin, Jerome Robbins, Ben Stevenson, Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker, Nick Pupillo, Mauro Astolfi, Larry Keigwin, Marguerite Donlon, and Katie Faulkner, among others. Florian Lochner trained at Ballettschule Malsam in Schwäbisch Hall, Germany, and the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst in Mannheim, where he was the recipient of its Birgit Keil Dance Foundation scholarship. Lochner earned his master’s degree in the performing arts and joined Gauthier Dance Company in Stuttgart in 2011, performing works by numerous choreographers including Mauro Bigonzetti, Jiří Bubeníček, Alejandro Cerrudo, Alexander Ekman, Itzik Galili, Eric Gauthier, Marco Goeke, Johan Inger, Jiří Kylián, Christian Spuck, Cayetano Soto, Philip Taylor, Stephan Thoss, Paul Lightfoot and Sol León. He received a “Best of the Season” nomination in Germany’s Dance for You! Magazine in September 2013, and joined Hubbard Street in August 2015. He choreographed 2 different pieces „TUTU“ and „GEGEN DEN STROM“ for the University of Music and Perfroming Arts in Mannheim/Germany.

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DanceWorks Chicago is committed to build a foundation for the individual artistic growth of dancers and choreographers, providing a laboratory from which early career artists propel themselves and the art form to a new level through training, collaboration, mentorship, and performance. Led with integrity by the recognized team of Andreas Böttcher and Julie Nakagawa, DanceWorks Chicago fills a niche in the dance ecosystem investing in and shining a spotlight on the individual artists. Dancers are encouraged to explore their technical capability as well as their artistic curiosity in an individualized and deeply personal approach with the goal of nurturing passionate, articulate artists able to make meaningful contributions to the art form. Choreographically, we look to uncover new voices while also embracing opportunities to connect with more established choreographers providing mentorship and perspective for all involved.
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