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"Flexibility is required not only in the change of direction, but also in how ideas are conceived, where those ideas come from, and the expertise brought in to solve problems. Range of motion is necessary to know when one should step out of a space — and also when to forge ahead."

Concepts learned and explored in a dance studio can be applied to a broad spectrum of environments, including the one in which many of us find ourselves today. 5.6.7.8, give this article a read! #TimeToInnovate

hbr.org/2020/04/lessons-in-agility-from-a-dancer-turned-professor
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DanceWorks Chicago

DanceWorks Chicago is dedicated to creating a safe space for artists and audiences, now more so than ever. In alignment with the extension of the State of Illinois’ Shelter in Place directive, Team DWC has pushed “pause” on our menu of offerings (including DayLabs and Open Company Audition) through May 3.

These are trying times…time to try something new! The New Dances 2020 Dancer Audition has gone virtual! Chicago movers and makers are putting even more NEW in New Dances, our partnership with Thodos Dance Chicago.

Team DWC is taking a, wait for it, 360 degree look at our Dance360 programming scheduled to start mid-July. Program Director Sara Bibik is hard at work!

The postponement of the Open Company Audition is a “no, not now” as versus a “no, not ever”, so, dancers, keep your heads up, your resumes polished, and be ready to dance your values when a new date is announced! Your patience is appreciated.

In the meantime, let’s work together (#PhysicalDistanceSocialConnection) to be the best version of ourselves so we come out on the other side of all of this stronger and more connected.

DanceWorks Chicago is always moving. It’s our tag line and our hope.
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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.