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The last DanceChance of 2021 went swimmingly! Kudos to presenting artists Ji Hae Yepa-Pappan, Eri Christensen, and Sophia Smith. Gratitude to Guest Moderator Maddie Counsell. Shout out to all who brought energy to the space! EnJOY this word cloud crafted from artist and audience offerings. SAVE the DATE for the first 'chance of 2022: Friday, January 28. Chicago Dance History Project WMU Dance #DanceChance #community #SupportTheHearts ... See MoreSee Less
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DanceWorks Chicago
A few of the beautiful spirits in our cozy Zoom Room for DanceChance last night. Grateful for two-legged and four-legged friends and fans! Chicago Dance History Project WMU Dance #DanceChance #community #SupportTheHearts ... See MoreSee Less
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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.