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3 days ago

DanceWorks Chicago

#StillGlowing about the inaugural gathering of #2020DANCEWeCU! Class of 2020!! Dance Grads from a dozen universities came together to discuss their post-school transitions, challenges, opportunities, next steps, and everything in between. Co-Hosted with Johanna Kepler, this safe, open space provided a #commUNITY to move through this transition. #StrongerTogether Stay tuned for info about October's gathering, and please reach out if you'd like your Class of 2020 to be involved! #StillMoving
Chapman Dance Alliance - CDA Elon Dance Program
IU Contemporary Dance Program IU Department of Theatre, Drama, and Contemporary Dance
JMU School of Theatre and Dance
Loyola University Chicago Dance Program
SHSU Dance Shenandoah Conservatory The University of Arizona School of Dance
UCI Claire Trevor School of the Arts
University of Michigan Department of Dance University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance
WMU Dance Uw Madison Dance
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5 days ago

DanceWorks Chicago

I spy DanceWorks Chicago alum Imani English and DWC friends Keila Hamed-Ramos and Ayana Strutz...#stillmoving
Windy City Indie #bluefecta Vin Reed (heARTist)
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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.