"Not everything that is faced can be changed; but nothing can be changed until it is faced."
- James Baldwin
Jade Monet Hooper
“We can learn to see each other and see ourselves in each other and recognize that human beings are more alike than we are unalike.”
- Maya Angelou
"The boy stood up shakily, and looked once more at the pyramids. They seemed to laugh at him, and he laughed back, his heart bursting with joy. Because now he knew where his treasure was."
- Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist
“When we share what we were brought here to give, we are in alignment with our highest, most powerful selves."
- Jen Sincero
"It doesn’t matter how high you can lift your leg, just sit, and open your eyes and open your heart."
- Mikhail Baryshnikov
"We all know we have a finite period of time. I just feel if I’m going to be alive, I want to be challenged – to be as immortal as possible. The path to that isn’t an easy way, but it’s a rewarding way."
- Frank Ocean
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 Julie Nakagawa and Brendan P. Behan, 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.