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Thanks, Arts Alliance Illinois!
Save the date and save your seat!Complimentary tickets are available now for the 2019 Chicago Mayoral Arts Forum on Sunday, February 10 at Broadway In Chicago’s Broadway Playhouse! Space is strictly limited — save your seat today. Click here → #ChiArtsForum #CreativeStateIL

Arts Alliance Illinois is the Lead Sponsor of the 2019 Chicago Mayoral Arts Forum, with Host Sponsor Broadway In Chicago, Supporting Sponsor the League of Chicago Theatres, and Promotional Partners the Auditorium Theatre, Chicago Humanities Festival, Chicago Loop Alliance, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Harris Theater for Music and Dance, Illinois Humanities, Ingenuity, The Joffrey Ballet, the Jeff Awards Committee, the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, the Chicago Local of SAG-AFTRA (Screen Actors Guild–American Federation of Television and Radio Artists), Steppenwolf Theatre Company, and TimeLine Theatre Company.

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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 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.