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11 hours ago

DanceWorks Chicago

DanceWorks Chicago is always moving, and Team DWC is always looking for next steps! We are excited to partner with JMU School of Theatre and Dance to launch "Next Steps - Summer Dance Intensive" at James Madison University, in Harrisonburg, VA. From June 21-28, students ages 13-19 will immerse themselves in technique classes, DWC rep, and seminars. There will also be a chance to relax those muscles in a lazy river at the fabulous JMU rec center and enjoy meals in the dining hall ranked #5 in the nation for "Best Campus Food" by the Princeton Review in 2019! Feed your body and your spirit!
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DanceWorks Chicago

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About Us

Our commitment is to “Community” not “Company,” the Participatory, rather than the Proprietary. And having chosen this route, we are building a more robust dance community.

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 Co-founder and Artistic Director 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. Welcoming the public to engage with the DanceWorks family to build context around the work of art is both our pleasure and our duty as a good dance citizen.