STAFF


Andreas Böttcher
CEO

A Co-founder of DanceWorks Chicago, Andreas brings his stage experience, behind-the-scenes knowledge, and global thinking to Team DWC.

Julie Nakagawa
Artistic Director

A Co-Founder of DanceWorks Chicago, Julie is passionate about encouraging young artists along their journey from good to great.

BOARD


Parke Ballantine

Parke's dedication to authenticity through self-expression and exploration combined with her expert multimedia marketing strategies makes her at home within the DWC community.

Mazen Ghalayini
Secretary

Mazen is a firm believer that you can have it all in life, all you need is the right intention and a little hope. With this in mind, he shares his business savvy with DWC in the pursuit of always moving forward.

Leah Kaiser
Treasurer

An avid supporter of the Chicago arts scene, Leah brings a passion for the arts as well as successful strategies for fundraising and management to the DWC family.

Julie O'Connell
President

An avid athlete herself, O'Connell has worked with AthletiCo for 13 years in the pursuit of wellness and healing among performing artists. She values the longevity of the dancing body and is constantly seeking new ways to support athletes and dancers alike.